Middle School

Middle School (Ages 10-14)

We tailor our middle school to the changing needs and interests of pre- and early teens.  A rich and rigorous curriculum balances project-oriented learning with traditional academic preparation for high school. We emphasize respect for the individual, interdisciplinary and cooperative learning, and self-assessment. Students learn to take responsibility for their own learning.

  • Multi-age groupings of 10 to 14 students
  • Recognition of  different learning styles, levels of ability, and rates of development that allows students to progress at their own pace  
  • Non-graded curriculum using portfolio-based assessments and quarterly parent/student/teacher conferences
  • Introduction of testing formats and related skills
  • Individual advisors to provide support, communicate with parents, and assist with organizational and study skills
  • Homework that emphasizes time management skills via long-term independent and small group assignments
  • Graded high school credit for algebra, geometry, Spanish & Latin
  • An emphasis on leadership skills, manners, and service to others
  • An experiential, block-style elective program
  • Twice-daily outdoor recess
  • Integrated art, music, drama, Spanish, and technology
  • Frequent off-campus learning opportunities
  • The proactive teaching of appropriate peer social interactions

An AMLE School of Distinction

In 2022 Community School was named to the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) Schools of Distinction program. It is one of only 12 schools worldwide to receive this honor in the inaugural year of the program, which is designed to both recognize exemplary schools and guide them through a process of strategic vision setting to help foster ongoing growth and success.  Click here to read more.

Friday Groups

Our unique middle school elective program provides in-depth, hands-on explorations of subjects not normally introduced in middle school. These electives typically extend all day each Friday for five to six weeks, allowing time for field trips, guest speakers, community service projects, and productions. Topics range from field biology, playwriting, robotics, and model United Nations simulations to Appalachian music studies, Shakespeare, outdoor adventure, and studio art.