Middle School Life
We love that Friends School Haverford is a through eighth grade school. You should too. Our middle school students are our seniors. That is their identity. We don’t have to invent it, work to make it so, or coax our students to adopt the role, it just is. The power and possibility of this reality is incredible.
The Friends School Haverford Middle School program is designed to exploit the intellectual abilities of middle school students in a safe, supportive, social context wherein tremendous personal growth is the norm.
Editors of the school-wide literary magazine Spider Web, officers and representatives of our student government, varsity interscholastic athletes, book buddies, chess team leaders, Meeting partners, performers with Kwaya Marimba, sound engineers in the recording studio, and participants in such after school activities as horseback riding and ice skating—our middle school students enjoy the privileges of their age and status. They rise with confidence to take on positions of responsibility in our community and beyond. This is the developmentally right time for students to be testing their wings, while still in the care of an advisor and as members of a close-knit student body.
Middle school is not just a period in between elementary school and high school. It is a time in the life and career of a student when high expectations and evolving intellectual and academic skills make invaluable being in an environment with opportunities to lead, free from the pressure to be accepted by older high school students.
The academic and social achievement of middle school students in through-eighth-grade schools is superior. This was borne out in a study completed at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and published in the fall of 2010 by the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in the journal, Education Next.
To learn more about our middle school program, we encourage you to come visit during an open house, or call to schedule a private tour: 610-642-2334.