At Shipley, we understand that Middle School is a time of significant change for adolescents. They are developing physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually, and we provide the appropriate environment to nurture this growth. When guidance and empathy fit into the context of an academically challenging curriculum, our Middle School students are able to get to know themselves as learners, and as people, through critical thinking and creative exploration.
Our Middle School curriculum is developed with the adolescent brain and learning styles in mind, serving not only as a transition between the foundation of Lower School and the rigorous college preparation of Upper School, but also as an important academic journey of its own. Visit the Middle School curriculum page to learn more.
Character Education: Deeply Rooted Learning
Character Education continues seamlessly from Lower School into Middle School, encouraging students to discover their passions and talents as they begin to be self-sufficient, learning to navigate the halls, as well as the direction of their learning path.
As they become more aware of their own identity as people and learners, they begin to understand and ask questions about their role in the greater community.
While 6th graders look inward to determine what kind of learners they are, 7th and 8th graders learn about responsibility and leadership—and they all apply these lessons to their lives in school and beyond.
The Character Education program continues to be integrated into every classroom, and students are further supported by an advisory program that creates an open dialogue between students and teachers, making students feel safe and respected as they explore the issues that affect their lives. Communication is key, and teachers, parents, and students work as a team to ensure the student is having the best educational experience possible.
Beyond the Classroom: The Confidence to Explore
We believe that learning happens all the time, and our optional courses and programs provide curious students with the opportunity to take an active role in what they want to learn. Some examples include:
- Athletics program: Competitive team sports and physical education that promote lifelong fitness
- Music Arts and Theater Arts programs
- Annual Middle School musical production
- Musical ensembles: chorus, wind ensemble, and strings ensemble
- Elective courses:
- Mini-courses: These meet regularly and include Italian, digital photography, stock market, robotics, Mathcounts, literary magazine, guitar, drama, theater, chorus, and numerous other selections
- Sleuth Class: Students learn to be detectives at a crime scene, working in teams and using science and logic to solve mysteries
- Design Class: This multidisciplinary approach to design includes a history of design, conceptual work with modeling and drawing, and a final design presentation