The three-year period of Middle School is characterized by great physical, mental, social and emotional change and marks the transition from child to the beginning of adolescence. Students’ growing need for independence makes this the perfect time for them to take greater responsibility for their academic work
and behavior and learn how to be proactive and independent as they prepare to enter rigorous high school programs. At Newtown Friends School, the culture, curriculum and faculty create a unique environment in which middle schooles thrive.Dynamic Curriculum
Our classrooms are student-centered and hands-on in order for our students to experience directly the foundational work of scientists, writers and readers, mathematicians, historians, native speakers and creative artists.
During this exciting period of growth, students are well able, in a supportive environment, to meet the challenges of high academic expectations. A tour through our classrooms would reveal students engaged in a variety of activities:
- programming robotic vehicles in the science and design labs
- using linear equations to solve real-life consumer needs in mathematics class
- acting out student-written plays in Spanish
- studying romance language roots in Latin
- writing essays supported by analysis of primary documents in social studies
- engaging in books clubs in English
Sixth grade students have weekly art and music classes and seventh and eighth grade choose from a wide variety of arts electives. Appropriate technology is integrated throughout the disciplines and our students use their own devices to do their work independently and collaboratively.
Parents are kept informed of ongoing curriculum through a variety of methods including monthly updates. Each month, parents receive an email from the school providing curriculum news for their child's class. Click here
to review the monthly updates for the current school year. Projects, assignments and assessments are also accessible to parents online.
Social and Emotional Wellness
While excellent academics are key for student growth, social and emotional health are also essential to help students thrive. Advisory groups consisting of 12-15 students from all three grades meet three times weekly using the Developmental Designs curriculum to help students form close bonds with peers and develop strategies for managing social pressure and academic challenges. An atmosphere of mutual respect allows students to form close relationships with each other and the adults around them who handle the typical problems of adolescence with compassion, experience, consistency and humor. Students remain in the same advisory group for three years, and their advisor becomes both a crucial point of connection for the family and an advocate for the child.
The NFS middle school experience is designed to give children the academic preparation they need, but at NFS academics are just the beginning. Children have numerous opportunities to connect and get involved inside and outside the classroom. Middle School enrichment opportunities include:
- required and elective arts courses
- instrumental music
- interscholastic sports
- student committees
- community service
- field trips
With these opportunities, young people are able to both explore possible interests and talents as well as experience the emotional benefits of belonging to a community.
Through the middle school years, students grow and change in remarkable ways. At NFS, children thrive as they prepare for high school, and they leave NFS for a wide range of secondary schools as thoughtful, intellectually curious, articulate, empathetic and responsible young men and women.