St. Andrew’s Middle School is a small, structured, and supportive program. Faculty work with students on academic content, while at the same time developing students’ study skills and organizational strategies. As a result, students work to become independent learners, increase their sense of self-esteem, and gain confidence in their abilities. We work with every student so that they may develop as effective communicators, critical thinkers, efficient workers, and strong community members.
A typical day in the Middle School is full of exciting transitions and opportunities to connect with others. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Middle School students begin their days with the all-school morning meeting, while on Tuesdays they begin their days with advising. Thursday mornings are reserved for the Middle School Morning Meeting, which is student-led and exclusively for Middle School students. Throughout the course of the year, each student has an opportunity to lead the morning meeting with a partner. Together, they work with the director of the Middle School to craft the agenda, which centers on topics that are important to them and their peers. Weekly segments include fun facts, announcements, and “Something you would never guess about me,” during which students or faculty members share something unique about themselves, such as an outside interest or hobby. The Middle School Morning Meeting is an opportunity for students to sharpen both their leadership and public speaking skills in a small but inclusive environment so that they gain both confidence and clarity when it comes to speaking amongst their peers and others.
Students typically experience the majority of their core academic classes in the morning, all of which are 70-minute blocks allowing for collaboration and project-based learning opportunities. Lunch is around 11:30am and students have free time until noon. Art classes, which rotate on a quarterly basis, are twice per week for 45 minutes after lunch, while other specials, such as Health, Physical Education, and Project Adventure, are also scheduled during this post-lunch time slot. There is one academic class at the end of the day, which is followed by a 15-minute advisory period in which students check out with their advisor and get organized for the afternoon, which typically includes after-school activities, such as a Middle School soccer team, 3D Printing/Robotics, or Homework Club, which rotate on a seasonal basis.