Middle School Program Overview
Teachers differentiate instruction by providing various levels of content, methods of delivery, and options for students to represent learning. Our small student to teacher ratio affords dedicated teachers the emotional space to create meaningful relationships with students, building an inclusive and accepting community. This safe and encouraging atmosphere allows students to build confidence and independence as they explore their interests and individuality. Cell phone-free school days create a culture of presence. Our graduates move to high school and beyond demonstrating strong ethical character, academic excellence, and service to others.
Our teachers are highly trained in their chosen fields, the majority with advanced degrees. Teachers often work alongside their colleagues to co-teach integrated units such as an archeological dig or comprehensive water study. The middle school faculty strives to ensure that graduates meet the high expectations of the Orchard diploma, which calls for “ethical character, academic excellence, and demonstration of service.”