Middle School is a time of tremendous growth, and at Rainard, students are actively encouraged to grow!
Our Middle School classrooms challenge students to develop greater responsibility for what they learn and how they think. As work becomes more challenging and involved, there is an emphasis on abstract thinking and in-depth character development. Middle School students also continue their path to becoming both contributing and caring citizens.
In our Middle School classrooms, students are encouraged to expand their love of learning. To prepare for High School and other advanced education, they work on building their foundational skills in core subjects and expand their educational journey into both hands-on, experimental, and in-depth explorations of exciting and challenging topics.
Differentiated learning is a vital component in all Rainard classrooms, especially during the critical transition years of Middle School. Our gifted education begins with our small class sizes—without a low student/teacher ratio, genuine differentiated learning cannot take place.
When students receive continual attention, teachers are able to deliver individual learning plans, on-going evaluation of needs and abilities, and personal attention to social and emotional development. These crucial elements afford Rainard students the differentiated learning environment that gifted students need to thrive and reach their full potential.
All Rainard classrooms have a mixture of ages in one classroom. Students are placed by ability and with attention to social and emotional fit. Students are continuously evaluated throughout the year for best-fit. The school may recommend a move to a different classroom mid-year if it is in the best interest of the student.
Our Middle School is divided into two classrooms: Intermediate and Preparatory. Middle School students move from one classroom to another throughout the day. They may change as a group based on subject or as an individual to join other classes as appropriate for their particular needs and abilities.
Our Intermediate classroom is approximately equivalent to Grade 5th and Grade 6th in a traditional school. Intermediate students are focused on their transition from Lower School into a more structured school environment.
Our Preparatory classroom is approximately equivalent to Grade 7th and Grade 8th in a traditional school. Preparatory students are focused on their upcoming transition to High School where there is a stronger need for more autonomous work in and out of the classroom.
Essential Growth Objectives
Since Middle School is primarily a time develop the maturity and skill set needed to thrive in High School and other advanced learning environments, we have following goals and objectives for each student:
- Adopting an active role in keeping track of assignments and managing the progression of work.
- Mastering the process of scientific reasoning by developing and conducting laboratory experiments.
- Developing analytical abilities, including review and interpretation, of primary sources—first-hand accounts of life in the past.
- Expanding creative and expository writing skills, including the concept of reality vs. imagination which provides a basis for original truth-telling.
- Increasing linguistic competencies—the unconscious knowledge of grammar that facilitates the use and understanding of language.
- Raising communicative fluency, including both active listening and speaking skills.
- Sharpening reasoning and critical thinking skills, focusing on skills of analysis, evaluation, and synthesis.
- Language Arts
- Social Studies
- Physical Education
- Foreign Language—Spanish or French