Middle School Grades 7 and 8
Our seventh and eighth grade students are leaders in the Friends School Haverford community. They mentor younger students formally and informally, monitor the middle school Writing Center during Conference periods, serve on the student government, TORCH, and meet with the Head of School to develop school-wide community-building activities. Our combined seventh and eighth grade classes foster students’ commitment to each other and the wider School community. As in fifth and sixth grades, seventh and eighth grades are divided into two groups for English and Math classes. Arranging students thus creates a larger social pool for middle school students, and allows us to tailor classes more precisely to meet the academic needs of each student. Our older middle school students feel nurtured and supported by their peers and by adults as they navigate the second half of middle school and prepare for their high school years ahead.
Middle school students at Friends School Haverford have potent and meaningful relationships with the adults with whom they work.
The seventh and eighth grade students have an advisory system that supports a new measure of independence for middle school students while ensuring that there is one special adult who is responsible for and available to each individual student with regard to all aspects of our program. During advisory, we continue to build community and discuss the Quaker testimonies. We also cover study skill topics that include habits of organization, computer literacy, note taking, time management, and self advocacy. Topics are sequential and spiral back for additional reinforcement, as needed. Students will discuss “systems” that are helpful and will become mindful of how their brain works best. Teachers and advisors will offer suggestions to support these habits.
When middle school students help others, they build confidence in themselves and pride in their school community. For their weekly scheduled service work, students can create a service schedule based on their interests. Middle school students help staff the writing center, assist the Facilities Coordinator, and volunteer in the library, front and development offices, and classrooms around the school. By helping out around the school, middle school students develop relationships with adults and younger peers. Favorite service projects include aquarium maintenance and creating dresses for the Little Dresses organization, which distributes clothing to children living in thirty-one African countries.
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