When I was in 6th grade my favorite class was Social Studies. While I was interested in the material, what left the largest impression was my work with the teacher and his continued interest in my progress long after I left the school. Later on, in high school, I continued to have one great history teacher after another. Finally, in college, my professor of ancient history commented on how fortunate one was to have the pleasure of working with children on something as important and meaningful as the study of history. I think back on those interactions and quickly appreciate how I ended up in education, a teacher of history nonetheless!
Many of us can look back on our memories with different teachers and quickly begin to connect the dots. These relationships can be transformational and quickly work to send individuals down their path in life. We have a great school with tremendous things to offer, but at the end of the day, my primary hope is that our children have good influences along the way. Influences meaningful enough to prepare them for a complicated 21st century, with the moral and ethical character necessary to make meaningful changes in the world in which they live.
We're proud of our Middle School including our ability to forge meaningful relationships with all of our students. Small, intimate classes give students an ideal setting to begin experimenting with their ideas, take risks, and to better understand themselves not only as a learner but as a person. We strive to understand the complexities in their lives so we can deliver the most meaningful instruction with the greatest degree of individualization and care. The Middle School program is built to expose children to multiple facets of learning and different ways of doing things. Whether it's required participation in athletics, our advisory program, the arts or in their everyday academic classes, students are exposed to different disciplines in order for them to develop what their passionate about. These passions can be transformative and last a lifetime.
We hope that you take the time to see all that Friends Academy has to offer, including our cozy corner of campus that we call the Middle School.
Click here for the Middle School 2013-14 Course of Study.