The years from fifth grade through eighth grade are an important time for self-discovery. They are a time when students develop their interests, learn new talents, and face challenges that are unique to their age group. At Latin, middle school students are introduced to a world of new concepts and ideas.
Our middle school curriculum covers all the traditional core subject areas—math, science, English and language arts, social studies and language—but we use a range of innovative, creative ways to present the material. Middle school students learn best when they are engaged with the subject matter through concrete experiences like role playing, simulations, lab work or exploration outside the classroom. Dynamic discussions and interactive lectures are designed to relate to issues and ideas we know middle school-aged kids are thinking about.
I think Latin has one of the most challenging curricula out there, and one that helps my child reach her full potential as an academic and a person.
Middle School Director Deb Sampey talks about our energizing and demanding curriculum and how it prepares students for the rigor and challenges that lie ahead in high school.
When learning resonates with the students' own values and beliefs, the content is seen as relevant and tied to real-world concerns and projects.
Scratching beneath the surface of the syrian refugee crisis
Seventh grade students in the Global Perspectives course researched the lives of individual Syrian refugees and told their stories using a programming language called Scratch. The project takes users on the journey of a real-life Syrian refugee, the choices they face, as well as the realities of the refugee experience.
Students are well versed in the "power of yet" and the value in continuing to grow, defying expectations or limitations.
Latin should never change how comfortable it makes us feel. Which means that we aren't afraid to make mistakes.
I understood the value of this education first hand when I went off to college. My persistence and strong desire to learn and connect with my professors was a reflection of the close relationships I made with my teachers at Latin.
- How do Latin students respond to the arrival of new students?
- Given that the school is academically rigorous, do you encourage students to participate in extracurricular activities such as clubs or team sports when school starts in the fall?
- My child was moved ahead of his peers at his old school. Will you do the same?
- What are the extracurricular activities available to middle schoolers?
- My child does not live in the neighborhood; will this have any impact on his Latin experience?