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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.


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Did You Know?

100% of Shipley graduates attend college within a year of graduating
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25% of Shipley seniors received National Merit recognition in the past eight years
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J.D. Salinger honored his wife’s alma mater with a mention in his classic novel, The Catcher in the Rye. Learn more about Shipley Alumni

Oscar-winning director Erica Rehl ‘89 is a Shipley graduate Learn more about Shipley Alumni

100% of Lower School students have hands-on exposure to string, woodwind, and brass instruments. Learn more about Music at Shipley

300% of Middle and Upper School students participate in theater. Learn more about Theater Arts at Shipley

90% of Upper School students play an interscholastic sport. Learn more about Athletics at Shipley

75% of Upper School students compete at the varsity level. Learn more about Varsity Programs at Shipley

50+ colleges have recruited Shipley athletes in Divisions I, II, and III.

There are 15 students in each Lower School class on average. Learn more about Lower School

10 adults will know your elementary school (or LS depending) child as a learner and a person each year. Learn more about Lower School

5 is the average age of Shipley students doing their first research project in the Kindergarten Knights and Castles unit. Learn more about this project

100% of Lower School students have hands-on exposure to string, woodwind, and brass instruments. Learn more about Shipley’s E/LS music program

100% of Lower School students build a foundation for future success through our challenging curriculum. Learn more about Lower School curriculum

100% of Lower School students learn how to resolve conflicts, negotiate, present their point of view, and serve the community in our internationally recognized character education program. Learn more about Character Education

100% of students benefit academically AND socially from developing emotional literacy skills. Learn more about Shipley Core Values Curriculum

200 real-world capstone service learning projects completed by Shipley students each year. Think Care Act in 5th grade, a Leadership Project in 8th grade, and the Senior Service Project in 12th grade.

5 key content elements of the SEED curriculum Pre-K through 12th grade: Self-Awareness, Social Awareness, Self-Management and Organization, Responsible Decision Making, and Relationship Management. Learn more about Shipley Core Values Curriculum

Shipley Has:

6 music ensembles in each division.

5 theater productions in the Middle and Upper Schools annually.

A 7:1 student-to-teacher ratio

55 athletics championships in the past six years

225 Shipley colleagues trained in emotional intelligence strategies.

14,490 minutes of class time devoted to Shipley's core values curriculum Pre-K through Grade 12.

14 years of integrated core values curriculum offered to all students.

61% of teaching faculty with advanced degrees.

10 art courses offered in the Upper School

The only high school emotional intelligence course in partnership with Yale University offered in the country, right here at Shipley.

46 honors courses to challenge students

6 specials (music, art, science, PE, character education, and world language) enhancing Shipley’s core curriculum.

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

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