Middle School marks the point in a student's educational journey where they have mastered the basics of reading, writing and mathematics, allowing them to begin studying more advanced academic subjects.
Middle School is also the point where students suddenly find themselves accelerating toward adulthood.
Our program leverages the energy of these bright young students to help them become self-motivated, independent learners. We work with them to channel their energy toward high-speed production and learning through our challenging, individualized educational program designed to involve them and encourage them to take an ever-increasing role of responsibility in their education while developing a deep understanding of how the academic subjects they are studying relate to their own lives.
Leading up to the Middle School, students are dependent on their teachers to direct them and help them through their studies. At the Middle School level this shifts: students are increasingly put in charge of their own education. We empower every student to become a confident, independent learner.The Middle School curriculum includes an in-depth study of core academic subjects including writing, literature, English, science, history, geography, and mathematics. It expands into the study of current events and foreign languages as well as life skills including Study Technology, communication skills, logic, and a basic understanding of ethics as it relates to the role of reason and honesty in life.
Reading is an essential element in the empowerment of lifelong learners. It is a source of pleasure and enjoyment, where curiosity is fed and imaginations are inspired. It is also where viewpoints are broadened and a greater understanding of our world's culture, history and ideas can be gained.
The Middle School reading program's purpose is to create strong readers who can enjoy, think with and appreciate both classic and modern works.
Our reading program is built on a gradient system where each level builds on the previous level—making the jump from the Middle School reading program to the Upper School advanced literature program feel like walking up stairs rather than scaling a cliff.
The Middle School reading program includes over thirty required books. After completing each required book, students take time to organize their thoughts and analyze the book's message for themselves. This is done through carefully worded writing assignments with no "right or wrong" answer, designed to encourage students to come to their own conclusions and develop their own viewpoints.
In the Middle School students become active participants in the world around them through a large number of interesting, challenging, purposeful opportunities to engage with their environment—giving them a taste of the rewards that go with adult responsibilities and freedoms.
Students are expected to become the driving force behind their practical programs in the Middle School.
Students plan out their own practical activities and projects based on open-ended guidelines and requirements, with guidance and advice from their academic supervisor.
Additionally, in the Middle School students work on increasing their responsibility and learning to be dependable. They learn the value of hard work and begin to see how big and bright their potential and future is through our student leadership program.
All students arriving at Delphian start on an entry program which is customized to fill in any gaps that may exist from their previous studies.
Middle school Age RANGE
Students begin in the Middle School around age 11 and graduate into the Upper School around age 13.
Our teachers, called academic supervisors, are the expert guides, always there to assist, support and encourage our students through each level of our program.
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science courses required as part of the Middle School curriculum.
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in depth courses on how to use writing to communicate effectively.
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interscholastic teams compete in nine different league sports.
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