While grade 5 is a transition from Lower School to Middle School, grade 7 is a transition to a set of new expectations, and grade 8 is a transition to Upper School. Each of these years is important for the many valuable skills and learning opportunities presented to students. This transition is also seen in the growth and development of Middle School students. The Middle School years can be tempestuous as students rush toward independence one minute and crave the familiar comfort of family support the next.
One of the most obvious changes from grade 6 to 7 is the move from a self-contained core program to a departmentalized schedule, which gives students the opportunity to work with five teachers. Students are challenged at appropriate levels with expectations that raise the bar in content knowledge, writing skills, higher order thinking skills, and behavior.
Students in grades 7 and 8 must learn to organize their materials and supplies in different ways since they no longer have desks that are their personal spaces. They must plan to take the right materials and supplies to each class.