The core middle school academic program includes language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, world languages, music, fine arts, family and consumer science, technology, health and physical education. Students also develop important practical and technical skills, including research and study skills and a strong foundation in technology.
We believe that an interdisciplinary approach to teaching facilitates deeper, more engaged learning. Middle school teachers in all curricular areas continually encourage students to make connections among disciplines. In addition, the middle school program offers several themed, project-centered, year-long programs that fully incorporate most subject areas of the curriculum. At Bala Cynwyd, these include eVolve (6th Grade), Communique (7th Grade) and Voices of Change (8th Grade).
When sixth graders arrive at Bala Cynwyd, 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. LEARN groups meet regularly to discuss relevant themes and topics, including time management, study/social skills, preparing for high school, community service, peer mentoring, etc.
Bala Cynwyd also provides comprehensive programs and services for students with special needs in an inclusive environment.
With the guidance of a highly talented and dedicated staff and the structure of a rigorous, multi-disciplinary curriculum, BCMS students enjoy an individualized experience that prepares them to advance through their schooling as independent thinkers and compassionate, responsible global citizens.