Divisions: Middle School

Humor, joy, disquietude, and flux are all words that easily characterize adolescence and each should be embraced. At Saint Ann’s, the Middle School is not just a stage to be gotten through or dreaded. It is a time when students push limits and boundaries while valuing community and friendship as they explore and challenge their world. Middle School is a place where students are celebrated for their individuality and given increasing independence and trust.

Starting in fourth grade, our youngest middle schoolers move to a new building and to fully departmentalized instruction. They learn to confidently navigate the Bosworth building along with their older peers as they experience dynamic teachers and engaging curriculum. In each subsequent year of middle school, students are given even more responsibility and opportunity to shape their own individual academic and artistic experience. Robust course options in each discipline encourage deep imagination and exploration. Students are free to choose classes that will stoke their curiosity, foster new interests, further develop existing talents, and challenge their assumptions. This is hardly a way station to bide their time until they “grow up”. Rather, students are celebrated, supported, and encouraged in the here-and-now to embrace and delve deeper into their minds and passions. Eighth graders emerge self-reliant, unencumbered, and intellectually curious.

Middle schoolers are capable of tremendous insight and possibility. We cherish this glorious and messy stage with all of its boundless creativity and energy. We are fortunate to witness this time of continued imagination, reflection, and growth. It is wonderful to be in a school where faculty are called on to nurture the curiosity, fascination, and innovation of our extraordinary students.

Betty Noel
Head of the Middle School