Middle School is a time full of possibilities and promise. It is a unique time of physical, hormonal, social-emotional, neurological, and cognitive development. The quest for independence and identity undertaken by students of this age creates unique emotional needs, including the need for a feeling of competence, intimacy with others, and sense of self. The early adolescent begins the transition from concrete to abstract thinking. With increasing attention spans, students can begin to think about their own thinking. Talents can develop rapidly during this period, as can the aptitude for critical thinking and decision-making.
Our curriculum is designed to help 21st-century students acquire the appropriate skills and attitudes to become lifelong learners: the ability to communicate effectively and work cooperatively, competence in critical thinking and problem-solving in academic content areas, concern for right and wrong (development of ethics), the ability to think critically in analyzing one’s own thoughts and actions, concern for others and the environment, commitment to service to society, development of a global perspective, and a respect for cultural diversity.

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We know that students do better in a school that is a real community, a school in which they can forge strong relationships with adults. We also know that students do better when their parents, alumni, and other friends are involved in their school.”

~ Steve Piltch, Head of School

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The Shipley School is a private, coeducational day school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, located in Bryn Mawr, PA. Through our commitment to educational excellence, we develop within each student a love of learning and a desire for compassionate participation in the world.