The Orchard School’s Middle School (MS) includes approximately 260 students in grades five through eight. Students in fifth grade transition from self-contained classes in the Elementary School (ES) to become part of a grade level of classmates in MS. Each grade level is grouped in a variety of ways for various classes and activities and are instructed and guided by a specific team of teachers. MS students develop increased independence and personal responsibility and accountability as they encounter increasingly higher expectations for academic and behavioral excellence.
The MS program provides a well-rounded education, including core academics, arts, and physical education, and centers around the academic, social, and emotional needs of young adolescents. Additionally, all MS students have use of a laptop computer during the school day. Units of study at each grade level promote integrated learning, multiple perspectives, social development, and a balanced education. Teachers differentiate instruction by providing various levels of content, methods of delivery, and options for students to represent learning. MS teachers model Orchard’s commitment to a “love of learning” and demonstrate flexibility. Teachers encourage students and create active, engaging lessons and units of study. The MS faculty strive to ensure that graduates meet the high expectations of the Orchard diploma, which calls for “ethical character, academic excellence, and demonstration of service.”