Middle School Academics

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The Middle School offers small classes in which teachers seek to engage students, with the goal of cultivating curiosity, creativity, confidence, and critical thinking.

The R-MA Middle School has a college-prep focus. Academics are challenging, yet teachers are supportive and available. The goal is to make students love learning.

The Middle School day and boarding students follow a schedule that is very similar to the Upper School's.  Regular class days have seven periods of 45 minutes each.  Each week also has two block days when the classes are 90 minutes each; the periods for these block days are subject to the class rotation of the week (example: Schedule 1 is 1, 2, 3, then 4 on the first block day, and 5, 6, then 7 on the second block day; Schedule 2 is 2, 3, 4, then 5 on the first block day, and 6, 7, then 1 on the second; there are seven schedules in the rotation).  

The Middle School has a well-rounded selection of core courses and electives, and its close proximity to the Upper School allows for flexibility and versatility in both academics and athletics.  Advanced Middle School students may take high school level courses at the Upper School, such as algebra, geometry, band, chorus and upper level foreign languages.  All middle school students take a double section of English, which includes grammar and composition and literature, to encourage strong written and verbal skills.

Monday through Friday, a 30- to 35-minute tutorial session is scheduled for everyone.  Tutorial may be assigned by a teacher if a student has not turned in work, or students may attend voluntarily to ask for extra help.  Other students use it as monitored study time to reduce their homework load.

The Study Improvement Plan, or SIP, runs concurrently with intramurals and sports through 5:00 pm Monday through Thursday, providing an incentive for students to keep up their grades. On Fridays, SIP runs from 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm. A student is recommended for SIP based on grades or at the request of parents or the principal. Students who are not involved in SIP will attend an intramural activity or be involved in athletics.