Our Middle School is for girls in grades fifth through twelfth. During these years, our students are beginning to develop into confident, intellectual young women. At the same time, they do so with the vibrancy and enthusiasm of young girls.
An extremely dedicated faculty work hard each day to challenge our students to become the readers, writers and thinkers, the budding artists, scientists, and historians they will need to be for the Upper School and beyond.
Yet while we take what we do seriously, we don't take ourselves too seriously. Middle School, after all, should be a time of opportunity. A time to try a new sport. To learn how to play an instrument. To forge friendships which can last a lifetime.
By the time our girls are ready to move on, they have an inkling of who they are as young adults and what passions they wish to pursue in the years ahead.
5th grade is a time of transition, as students move across the street to the South Campus, experience the excitement of a new building, and begin forming friendships outside their grade level as they participate in extra-curricular activities, daily chapel, and other community-building activities. On their first day of school, 5th graders are matched with a Senior buddy for the morning, who welcomes them to the South Campus
In 5th grade, girls continue their studies in English, math, science, music, art and Spanish. Students explore wider world through geography, creative expression, JA BizTown and drama. 5th graders take a class trip to Nashville, visiting the state capitol and a variety of museums and historic sites.
5th grade is a big change for students, who are now changing classes every period, doing more independent work, and responsible for their books and tracking homework assignments. The 5th grade teaching team and Middle School administrators are in constant contact with the girls, through regular class periods dedicated to helping them navigate their first year of Middle School with confidence.
In 6th grade, students begin to craft their own journey by choosing their path in languages and music, as well as continuing in the traditional areas of study.
Students can continue the study of Spanish or engage in a new language, Latin. Girls choose between choral or instrumental music. Robotics is the focus of 6th grade science offering an overnight excursion to Huntsville, Alabama, where the girls will continue an exploration of space started in science class at the Space Center.
Team athletics begin in 6th grade including soccer, volleyball, golf, lacrosse, tennis and more!
In 7th grade, students continue their core studies and add new elements to their curriculum.
The study of science moves into the life sciences, and speech is added to fine arts. Service is a very important part of the 7th grade curriculum, as students venture outside St. Mary's in a unique service learning program.
A journey to Land Between the Lakes is the highlight of the 7th grade year, as students and their teachers take learning on the road, and build a greater community.
8th grade is the pinnacle of Middle School, as students move into leadership opportunities, explore American history through curriculum and a trip to Washington, D.C., and begin receiving high school credit for select language and math courses.
In 8th grade, Ensemble offers the unique opportunity to dig into four areas of creative expression: art, drama, dance, and film making. The year ends with a special class day celebration marking the end of the Middle School years.