Middle School Fifth through Eighth Grades

The Middle School years can be challenging — sometimes we succeed, sometimes we learn. Through it all, we aim to meet your children where they are, to help them discover their talents and find their passions.

We build upon the work of the Lower School, helping your child discover and flourish with his or her gifts, talents, and passions. There is greater independence in the Middle School, for sure, but there are also greater expectations on behavior and commitment.

Through the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grades, your child will have the opportunity to explore extracurricular activities such as student government or community involvement, to feel better prepared to enter Upper School with confidence.

Middle School Curriculum

Your child will be introduced to a departmentalization system in fifth grade at the Middle School, allowing for deeper subject-matter expertise instruction and exposure to a greater diversity of teachers. Each year, more individualized elective choices become possible, and your child will begin to navigate class changes individually instead of as part of a group.

In the Middle School, your child will have the opportunity to:

Work on his or her own take-home iPads, developing podcasts and iMovies to demonstrate mastery of a topic and the ability to communicate clearly as well as increase keyboarding skills.

Participate in the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP), which identifies students who score at 95%+ on a grade-level achievement test.

Explore romance languages using Duolingo software. Beginning in seventh grade, students are offered a variety of nine-week elective course choices.

Mentor first graders through the Book Buddies program, ultimately creating a book for their first grade friend.

Sample special electives offered by our Upper School teachers, such as photojournalism and comparative politics that spark interests and highlight teachers’ passions.

Delve deeper into spirituality and faith during four required chapel services each year.

Meet Our Division Leader

James “J” Reeves
Head of Middle School

James “J” Reeves is serving as the Head of Middle School beginning June 1, 2019. Reeves brings to JA decades of successful and innovative teaching and senior administrative experience in highly rated public and independent institutions. He holds a bachelor’s degree in athletic administration from the University of Southern Mississippi and a master’s in school administration from Mississippi College.

Middle School Events

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