Exploratory learning, critical thinking, and problem solving are the cornerstones to our Middle School Program. Through the study of Language & Literature, Individuals & Societies, Science, Mathematics, Spanish, Art, Music, Design, and Physical Education, we teach students the skills to ask essential questions, be savvy consumers of research, and apply knowledge in new situations. To complement the academics, our robust advisory program, life skills curriculum, and service learning instill in students self-discipline, respect, responsibility, and leadership skills.
Global learning and authentic connections are paramount at St. Anne’s School. Our students don’t just learn about other cultures, they — along with their teachers — connect with other cultures on a human level. We learn we’re more alike than we assume. Humanity unites us all.
More than just community service, our students are engaged in curriculum-based service learning. Service learning emphasizes mutuality, with all participants learning and growing from the experience. Students take their civic engagement outside the classroom and create meaningful connections in the communities they serve.
Advisory and Constellations
Each morning students meet in small groups, either with grade-level classmates in advisory or in inter-grade level constellations. Advisory provides a structure to support healthy, inclusive communication and relationship building. This time allows students determine long- and short-term goals, and their advisors are there to support them each step of the way as they aim to reach those goals.
The life skills program provides students with pertinent information on subjects such as human sexuality, drugs and alcohol, friendships, and other age- and grade-appropriate topics. Students have an opportunity to discuss these topics within a caring environment and receive guidance on many issues and choices that emerge in adolescence.
High School Placement
A distinct aspect of our Middle School Program is our ability to successfully guide each student toward a high school that will continue to challenge them academically, inspire their interests, and encourage them to impact the community. Beginning in 7th Grade, students collaborate with the Director of Upper School Placement, and develop a clear understanding of their strengths, learning styles, and interests. By time our students reach the 8th Grade, they are capable, confident learners, and socially prepared for high school.