Middle School Program
12 – 14 years old | Grades 7 & 8Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The Middle School is an unparalleled educational experience that blends a rigorous academic curriculum with real life undertakings that answer the age old question asked by adolescents, “Why are learning this?” Students have myriad responsibilities that bring relevance to academic content including running micro businesses and working beside professionals from various vocational fields.
Day in the life of a Middle Schooler
Traditional home room is replaced with community meetings each morning during which the students and teachers consider the goals of the day and work collaboratively to decide what is needed to achieve them. Students are active and engaged. There is little time spent passively.
A Snapshot of a Day in the Middle School Program
Middle School Program Details
The CMS Middle School provides adolescents a unique educational experience with three primary components: economy/community, traditional academics, and creative expression. Adolescence marks the beginning of transition from childhood to adulthood, and the start of physical and mental maturation. It is an age of great social development, of emerging critical thinking and value formation, and a period of self-reflection.
At CMS the students’ strong need to understand the adult world is addressed. Through managing micro-businesses as well as taking advantage of learning opportunities in the wider community, CMS students will come to understand the basic foundation of how an economy functions, how to manage money, how to direct others and take direction, how to take initiative, collaborate and persevere, and how to get a job done.
CMS adolescent students will have a strong academic course of study covering all areas of traditional curriculum. Subjects include math, writing, science, literature, Spanish, music, art, computers, history, and geography.
Creative expression is an essential component to adolescent development as students explore and experiment with their emerging identities. During the adolescent period, the developing personality has a natural predisposition to creative expression in many forms. CMS offers many opportunities for students to explore self-expression creatively through activities and performances which will include but not be limited to:
- Music – styles and periods, history, music of other cultures, piano, singing, concert performances;
- Creative Language – dramatic performance, literature, public speaking, Socratic seminars, poetry, creative writing, playwriting, song writing and debating;
- Art – history, styles and periods, drawing, designing, mapping, painting, digital photography, and film-making.
By respecting and nurturing individual needs and abilities, we encourage the growth of autonomous, competent, responsible and resourceful citizens. Countryside’s Adolescent Program provides opportunities for valorization: experiencing fulfillment by making worthy and valuable contributions to the school community and the community at large. The environment for the adolescents fosters economic independence within the school community, social independence and awareness, and a connection to the natural world. Countryside recognizes the special characteristics of adolescence, and designed its adolescent program to assist 7th and 8th grade students along their path to adulthood and mature responsibility.