the Middle School
The Middle School years bridge the basic skill foundation of Lower School and rigorous curriculum of Upper School. There is an emphasis on building character and nurturing individual confidence. Students look into special interests, such as foreign language, interscholastic sports, band, orchestra, and community service.
Please explore the links below to learn more about the Middle School program, its courses, and requirements.
Starting in school year 2005, St. John’s created the Middle School for the developing or emerging adolescent years of age 11 to 13 to help bridge from the Lower School or elementary program to the Upper School or high school program. In the Middle School, students learn within a supportive interpersonal structure which they are accustomed to from their elementary years but with the teacher subject specialization inherent in high school.
The Middle School curriculum is delivered with attention to the developmental stage of the middle years and conducted in an environment where exploration and learning are activity-based. Courses include English, Mathematics, Science and Social Science. Students may choose from a variety of electives in the Performing Arts (Drama, Dance, Band, Choir, and Handbells), as well as Religion, Computer Technology, Visual Arts, and Modern Languages.
Interscholastic sports also begin in the Middle School with opportunities to participate in soccer, volleyball and basketball, rugby, and cross-country. Extracurricular clubs and organizations include Academic Challenge Bowl, Math Counts, Environmental & Environmental/Recycling Club, and others.