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Middle School

Andrew Salverda, Middle School Head

We aspire to have a hands-on and child-centered curricula that inspires our students to lean in to their learning, pursue their passions, and explore their interests. We have established a learning environment in which students experience the guidance of seasoned middle school teachers, a supportive and spirited school community, and the rich tradition of Quaker education.

...our goal is to build in students the confidence and tenacity to engage increasingly complex material across the disciplines and to acquire the self-knowledge to problem-solve and seek help when necessary.

It is our belief that students, especially middle-schoolers, learn best when the journey is as important as the destination, the process as valuable as the product. We hold high expectations of our students, and encourage them to reflect both upon their work and upon themselves as learners. We endeavor to foster a community where students are not only encouraged to meet challenges willingly, but also feel safe and supported enough to do so; our goal is to build in students the confidence and tenacity to engage increasingly complex material across the disciplines and to acquire the self-knowledge to problem-solve and seek help when necessary. We know that a good work and a joy of learning ethic springs from “the pleasure of finding things out.”

At a time in their lives when as many social and emotional challenges meet them as do academic demands, students are asked to be part of a community that makes use of the Quaker testimonies to help guide our behavior. We promote Simplicity, Peaceful Problem-solving, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Stewardship as our core values. In their classes and in their Advisory groups, middle school students are expected to remember that they have both rights and responsibilities, and that kindness and respect underline them all.

Andrew Salverda
Middle School Head