Middle School classes are taught in small classes

Students in grades 4-8 come to school with a curiosity about the world. Our faculty, teaching in a 5:1 student-to-teacher ratio support our students in developing the adaptive skills necessary to succeed in Middle School and beyond.

The school day is divided into two distinct components:

  • Mornings (taught in small group format) are devoted to studying traditional academic topics: receptive language, mathematics, expressive language, and physical education
  • Afternoons are dedicated to building skills related to executive functions (such as connection making, time scheduling, and effective work habits), social sciences,¬†interdisciplinary studies (inquiry-based projects of personal interest), and science investigations

The school day runs from 8:50 am to 3:30 pm with Study Hall from 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm.  Each day begins with physical education to jump-start activity for the morning. Our timetable incorporates an early snack and late lunch to coincide with the circadian rhythms of adolescents, which tends to shorten focus in the afternoon.
Middle School is a critical time in a child's development: a time to foster superior independent learning strategies, and the confidence to be successful.To foster divergent thinking and creativity, and to further enrich the learning experience, students participate in a mixed arts curriculum including drama, photography, music, and dance and self-directed study, frequent field trips, and guest speakers.

Classes are kept small to personalize learning for each student, which allows for a classroom environment that is rich in feedback, and where students are encouraged to engage in academic risk-taking and personal challenges.

To support the development of learning skills and strategies for success, The Study Academy develops a personal learning profile and plan for each student. These profiles illustrate areas of strength and weakness and provide a tailored set of teaching and learning strategies. These strategies are reinforced in our Executive Functions class and are woven cohesively into the fabric of our curriculum.

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  • The task of education involves far more than producing good pupils able to pass exams. Rather, it is to equip every child to become a fully functional adult, so as to do wisely and responsibly whatever it is they will eventually have to do.” Born to Learn
    The 21st Century Learning Initiative, UK, USA