Middle school is a place of transition to new levels of social and intellectual maturity and responsibility. It's a time of enormous growth and change—physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially. Our rigorous academic program bridges the lower school and high school. It stresses active learning and is responsive to the specific needs of early adolescents. Classes emphasize the development of critical reading, writing and thinking abilities; analytical and research skills; scientific and mathematical reasoning; beginning literacy in another language and expertise in the responsible use of technology. Students have ample opportunity to develop their own passions and engage with the world around them. They create theater productions, compose songs with the use of digital songwriting software, compete on interscholastic athletic teams and develop leadership on the student council.
Our advisory system provides each student with an advocate and academic guide who serves as an important link between home and school. Our schedule includes time for students, teachers and advisors to conference frequently. In this forum, we work with students on the life skills of time management, organization, conflict resolution, study strategies, decision making and peer relationships.
In middle school, our program:
- Builds an important foundation for future learning and life
- Supports intellectual, emotional and social growth
- Helps students see and understand themselves as unique individuals within a wider community
To learn more about our middle school program, click on any of the specific subjects. Visit the Poughkeepsie Day School Middle School site to gain access to important calendars, documents and resources.