Middle School Curriculum
Our innovative Middle School curriculum encompasses Form-based themes for each of the three years:
- The theme for Form I is “Who are your heroes and why?” Boys will repeatedly examine their developing value systems and consider what they respect and value in the people in their lives and those in the public eye. First Form boys study seven classes throughout the year: English, Math, and Latin for the full year; history and science for three-quarters of the year; and studio art and an introductory modern language for a quarter each.
- The Second Form theme is “Finding your voice/qualities you admire in others.” Boys consider this question while evaluating literary, historical, and present-day people.
- The Third Form theme is “Leadership, Responsibility, and the Future.” Boys are required to study courses in environmental science as well as "Middle East & China." Faculty will continue to educate students about their responsibility to look outside their own worlds and to assume a broader world view. Our goal is to maximize their position as leaders within the Middle School while providing them with the skills necessary to become responsible and positive leaders for a better future.
All boys in Third Form (9th grade) participate in an Ethics course taught by the Head of School. This seminar-style, case-based course meets one afternoon per week for one-third of the school year. The course aims to engage boys to think and talk about some of the important and complex issues in their lives and in the world around them. Listening to a case and then discussing it, the boys are pushed to think not only about what they believe, but why they believe what they believe. Often using cases covering current events or school issues, the class explores ethical issues relating to medicine and health care, war, racism, drinking, sexual behavior, homophobia, peer pressure, and bullying.