Middle School


The curriculum at our middle school level recognizes the uniqueness of the early adolescent experience and aims to help develop the whole student with consideration for the physical, emotional, and social development that occurs during this time in a child’s life.

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Extensive research indicates that children in the early stages of adolescence have an underlying need to feel a sense of connection, importance, and belonging from their peers, adults, and school. That sense of connection is a key factor in the development of their social identity, and in turn many other measurements of success. Selwyn’s Middle School is customized for adolescents in 5th through 8th grade, designed to support their unique needs during some of their most fragile and transformative years.

Through an engaging, interdisciplinary approach seamlessly integrated with our outdoor education program, Selwyn students have the tools and guidance to build critical-thinking skills, lifelong values of personal responsibility, mutual respect, and a healthy curiosity to understand and interact with the world around them. Ultimately, middle school students need a safe and nurturing community where they can feel comfortable developing a strong sense of themselves as individuals, which is why we intentionally keep our class sizes small. Our goal is to build genuine connections between both our students and our teachers that cultivate trust and security, allowing our children not just to get through their middle school years, but also to thrive.

Our Middle School Academy classes are well-balanced, including everything from math, language arts, science, and history to computer science, Spanish and physical education. Students may also choose enrichment courses such as art or drama for their electives, and are encouraged to explore their creative and intellectual interests.

Through this rigorous and varied curriculum, the student government organization, and our Perspectives Travel Program, our middle school students are given the tools to approach new experiences and are taught the important, lifelong values of personal responsibility, mutual respect, and a healthy curiosity to understand and interact with the world around them.

Outdoor Education Program



Our middle school education is designed to empower students to construct their own understanding and knowledge of the world through individualized learning experiences. Students are encouraged to reflect on those experiences in a deeply caring environment where they are challenged, supported, and held accountable.

During these four years, students experience an interdisciplinary, project-based learning environment. Because middle school is a time of tremendous change physically, emotionally, and academically, we focus on the process of learning as much as the content that is learned.

Curriculum Guide

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