Seminars gives kids time to to dive into a special interest
Students entering the Middle School years (sixth, seventh, and eighth grades) begin an exciting period of intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth.
Children entering the Middle School years begin an intense period of intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and moral growth. Lab’s Middle School teachers are actively interested in students at this developmental stage, and they create a program that balances independence and challenge with the support Middle Schoolers need.
Each week, a Middle School student will connect with almost a dozen teachers specializing in different areas, each with unique interests and styles. Strong teacher/student relationships give students the confidence to discuss, question, and debate. This confidence translates into creative, expressive, vocal intellects and serves as the foundation for high school. Because students are becoming more independent, in eighth grade, Lab introduces the opportunity for kids to select arts and other elective courses.
A Lab tradition of overnight trips (at no additional cost to families) begins with the sixth- and seventh-grade camping trips and the eighth-grade travels to Washington, DC—a culmination of their humanities curriculum. Interscholastic sports (the Middle School fields teams in six sports) and many clubs are important parts of Middle School life. Importantly, Lab encourages participation with an “everyone plays” approach so kids can explore the world of competitive sports without risk of failure.
Learning how scientists use depth soundings and sonar to help "see" what is on the ocean floor
Science curriculum reshapes the "car project" as an eighth grade activity
And other powerful lessons from a Middle School service opportunity
Eighth graders start by really seeing their diverse community
Middle School poet-in-residence helps students break new ground