Why Middle School at Friends Academy?
Middle School students at Friends aren’t stuck in the middle – they’re the leaders of the school. In contrast with common middle school stereotypes, Friends Academy’s sixth, seventh, and eighth graders are seen and accepted for who they are, able to challenge themselves in a safe environment, and rise to the occasion in everyday settings – whether your child comes up from Lower School or begins at Friends for Middle School.
In their academic classes, Middle School students dive deep into math, language arts, social studies, science, and world languages (Spanish or Latin) through an engaging hands-on, project-based curriculum. Rather than simply memorizing information for tests, they are asked to think critically, use their creativity, and collaborate with others. The rigor builds with each grade, as we intentionally design our curriculum to align with what secondary schools are looking for in their students when they graduate from eighth grade.
Slide 1: The environment where your child spends their days matters – and at Friends, we offer a newly renovated Middle School facility that was designed specifically for the needs of middle schoolers.
Slide 2: In classrooms, students have flexible options for where they sit and how they learn, including traditional desks and chairs as well as standing desks and cushioned wobble seating. This gives students the agency to decide which options help them focus best.
Slide 3: Mobile power outlets allow students to charge their devices without having to sit against a wall – which means teachers can better monitor their electronic work.
Slide 4: On both floors of the building, common areas give students bright, open places to gather between classes. These common spaces also offer a variety of seating options – from hightop tables and chairs to low, cushiony couches – to accommodate meetings, group work, social gatherings, and individual time.
Slide 5: Students stow their belongings in lockers, providing an important opportunity each morning to practice planning and organization – part of our efforts to intentionally build students’ executive functioning skills.
Slide 6: Outside of the Middle School building, students spend time throughout our 65-acre campus, where they are the oldest students in an Early Childhood to eighth grade setting.
Within the Middle School’s small community atmosphere, students create trusted relationships with peers and adults. Not only does this prevent students from slipping through the cracks, it also makes them more comfortable with presenting and sharing ideas. Research backs this up: Students in schools with longer grade spans (like Early Childhood to eighth grade at Friends) are more likely to feel safe and perform better in school than at a standalone middle school.
Friends also stands out from other middle school options because of our emphasis on strengthening social, emotional, and executive function skills – from organization and time management to communication, flexibility, and sustaining attention. Students get regular feedback on their patterns of work and behavior, allowing them to learn from their mistakes and grow. These skills are crucial for success as students head to secondary school when they graduate from eighth grade.
“Friends doesn’t just teach academics — they support and uplift mind, body, and soul. That’s why we love them.”Parents of a Middle School student
Explore Middle School
Students enter Middle School from Friends Academy’s Lower School as well as many other area elementary schools.
Newly minted Middle School students develop their identities and start to become school leaders — with caring faculty to provide a guiding hand.
As responsibilities and rigor increase, seventh grade retains the close-knit relationships and collaborative support during a pivotal year of growth.
While reflecting and preparing for secondary school, eighth graders mark their final year at FA through leadership, learning, and community.
Imagine Your Graduate
FA graduates think critically, express themselves clearly, and rise to the occasion – qualities that serve them well in secondary school and beyond.
Features of the Middle School Experience
Make the Move to Middle School
Take the next step toward Friends Academy by requesting more information or beginning an application for your child today.
News & Stories About Middle School
November 27, 2023
Congratulations to the cast and crew of Peter Pan, Jr. on three wonderful performances! Watch the full evening show. Read More
October 6, 2023
At Back to School Night each fall, parents and guardians take a turn in their children’s seats and experience what school is like for them. Read More
September 28, 2023
After a summer-long interior renovation, Middle School students and faculty returned to the Stites Building yesterday. Read More