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Middle School (5-9)

Mrs. Haines' Geopolitics elective engages students in considering and analyzing geopolitical situations.

Rectory's COVID-19 Update

To accommodate our families’ needs and interests, Rectory will offer both onsite and online options. Both programs will feature the engaging, brain-based teaching and learning that defines our curriculum.

While the middle school onsite program offers a slightly modified schedule to accommodate smaller classes required by decreasing classroom density, the courses remain the same combination of engaging content and critical skills. Students will take three classes in their primary cohort group, with teachers cycling in and students remaining in their room. Students will then take their math, world language, and related arts courses with secondary cohort groups of students.

Rectory’s online classes, which are now an option for any student in the middle school—day or boarding—will run from 6:00-10:30 a.m. Rectory time (EDT). Students will take five synchronous classes per day with a course load of seven classes overall. These courses include Math, English, History, Science, World Languages, Related Arts, and IIP/Study Hall. Students studying online will receive a 10% reduction in tuition prorated based on the length of study online and minus any aid.

Rectory recognizes that each student is unique and brings to our community individual interests, strengths, and goals.

Our small class sizes in the middle school, along with our personalized approach, provide each child appropriate challenge and support. Combine these aspects with our signature Individualized Instruction Program (IIP) and student progress is assured.
At Rectory, our students are expected to immerse themselves in our broad programmatic offerings, which provide essential opportunities to develop critical academic and life skills.

Whether in English class, the art studio, the science lab, or our outdoor environment, students are guided by experienced professionals who strive for engagement, encourage creativity and critical thinking, and promote communication and collaboration. Our instructional approach leverages the power of technology as a teaching and learning tool, and children are taught how to responsibly and safely use these resources.

Our purpose across these years is to develop in our students the confidence, competence, and character necessary for them to be successful, contributing, principled members of the many communities they will inhabit in future years.

Mrs. Gibbs meeting with her advisory group of three girls on the patio outside of the Admissions Office.
Advisory

The relationship established between advisor and advisee is another way Rectory promotes growth in self-advocacy and confidence. With the Rectory Creed, Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, Compassion, as its foundation, the middle school advisory program is designed to educate, support, and encourage our students’ healthy growth.

Advisor groups are small in size (3-5 students), enabling the advisor, who serves as the child’s primary advocate on campus, ample time to devote to each student.

In small group settings, the tenets of our creed offer guiding principles that help drive discussions and shape our students' attitudes about themselves, others, and the community as a whole. Meeting multiple times throughout the week, the advisor guides student decision making, facilitates student organization, and assists students navigating the social interactions inherent in these middle school years. The advisor also serves as an essential link between school and home.

Electives

Rectory's middle school students are encouraged to explore their interests and passions or to try something new, through our dynamic elective program.

This program gives students an exploratory experience in a variety of disciplines. Middle school students are required to participate in either an elective or a performing art each trimester.

Some electives that have been offered in the past include: 

Brain-Based Strategies for Learning & Living

"Change Your Words, Change Your Mindset"

Chess

Community Service

Competition and Composure

Creative Expression

Current Events

Debate

Experimental Mark-Making

Fantasy Politics

For the Love of Chocolate

Magic: The Gathering

Math

Memory Project

Model Plane Building

Mosaics

Mountain Biking

Murals

Mystery Fiction

Mysteries at the Museum

Myths Legend Around the World

Needlepoint

Newspaper: The DiRectory

Orchestra

The Race to Save and Preserve

Robotics

Sign Language

Snackage

Songwriting

Spring Musical 

Sports Medicine

Step Outside: Observe, Help, and Learn

TED Talk

Watercolor Painting

Woodshop

Yearbook Committee

Yoga

Enrichment

Enrichment provides a time when students meet with a teacher or Learning Specialist based on their individual needs and/or current workload. 

For example, a student might opt to meet with a math teacher to explore a current topic in greater depth, a history teacher in preparation for the upcoming class assessment, or a science teacher to review the lab report due the following week.

MUSH

Make-Up Study Hall provides an opportunity to complete unfinished assignments or continue work on long-term projects under the direction of a Learning Specialist.

MUSH supports students as they learn to manage their time, organize their thinking, and assume increasing responsibility for their academic work. Meeting at the end of each academic day, MUSH provides an opportunity to complete unfinished assignments or continue work on long-term projects, all under the direction of a learning support professional.

Skill Block

Skill Block helps students develop the skills that support success in the classroom. These skills include, but are not limited to, organization, planning and prioritizing, self-advocacy, and communication. Skill Block is also a time that supports our Project Read program.