Middle School

Our Middle School is for girls in grades six through eight. 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.

6th Grade Curriculum

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 or French. Girls choose between choral or instrumental music.  A quarter-long independent research study is the focus of 6th grade science.  The girls will also take an overnight excursion to Huntsville, Alabama, where they will continue an their study of space. 

Team athletics for 6th graders includes soccer, volleyball, golf, lacrosse, tennis, cross country, track, swimming, and basketball!

7th Grade Curriculum

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 spend time together to build a community and have a little fun to kick-off the year!

8th Grade Curriculum

8th grade is the pinnacle of Middle School, as students move into leadership opportunities, explore American history through their Civics/Ethics class, and a trip to Washington, D.C.  They also begin receiving high school credits 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.

Katherine House
Head of Middle School

Middle School Office Contact
Jeanne Miller