The middle school years are a time of extraordinary social, emotional, physical and academic growth for students. Our focus is on creating a safe, supportive learning environment where students can explore their interests and passions as they navigate the journey from early adolescence to young adulthood.
The core middle school academic program includes language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, world languages, music, fine and practical arts, technology, health and physical education. As part of the District's emphasis on interdisciplinary, project-based learning at the middle school level, Bala Cynwyd, Black Rock and Welsh Valley offer themed, year-long, interdisciplinary programs in all three grades. Students also develop important practical and technical skills, including research and study skills and a strong foundation in technology.
When sixth graders arrive at middle school, they gather for the first time with peers from other LMSD elementary schools. New faces, new academic and co-curricular opportunities and a different building signal certain transition. Key to easing this transition is a teaming model that creates smaller learning units within each grade and an advisory system that connects small groups of students with a faculty advisor. Teams are led by groups of teachers from across subject areas who work collaboratively throughout the year to support individual student needs in the classroom. Advisory groups meet regularly to discuss relevant themes and topics, including time management, study/social skills, preparing for high school, community service, peer mentoring, etc.
With the guidance of a highly talented and dedicated staff and the structure of a rigorous, multi-disciplinary curriculum, students enjoy an individualized experience that prepares them to advance through their schooling as independent thinkers and compassionate, responsible global citizens.