In her final year as a middle schooler, eighth grader Alexandra Sanders has decided to showcase her creative side, and her team spirit.
The experience of a middle school child at Greens Farms is a rich one with a wide variety of offerings in all disciplines. In addition to the core academic, artistic, and athletic possibilities, we also provide a number of special extracurricular options.
We provide students with the best tools to best navigate today's world. Through seminars on research skills (seventh and eighth grades), guided research papers (all grades), science research projects (seventh and eighth grades), and the yearlong Capstone project (eighth grade), students develop the skills they need to pursue their passions and become excited and engaged learners.
The eighth-grade Capstone project is a hallmark of the Middle School, enabling students to develop strong research and writing skills and to delve more deeply into topics about which they are passionate. This semester-long project culminates in a presentation to their peers in May. The ultimate goal of the Capstone project is to create an environment where students are invested in their own learning and engaged in thoughtful analysis of a broad range of topics.
The Advisory program in the Middle School provides academic and social support for the students. The Advisor is the point person and liaison between student, home and school. Advisory groups meet daily in their homeroom to help provide the academic and social support that is necessary for each child to feel connected at school. Additionally, the grades Advisors meet weekly with their Dean to communicate common issues within the grade. The fifth grade will also have weekly class meetings with their respective homeroom teacher.
Our students gain an understanding of the importance of giving back through a number of year-long Service Learning activities like tutoring in Bridgeport, visiting elder homes, and maintaining the Audubon trail, the greenhouse, and other areas of campus.
Now in its fourth year, the GFA Writing Center the Writing Center has become a place for fifth through ninth graders of all writing abilities to get assistance and one-on-one feedback to make their writing as strong as possible. There is no prerequisite for participation, just a desire to become a better writer.
In the middle school years, it's tempting to focus on oneself to the exclusion of the bigger picture. As a response, GFA faculty look for ways to help students see themselves in a larger context, outside of their natural group of friends.