An independent co-ed day school for grades Pre K-12

Middle School

"The middle school years are a time for students to challenge themselves and discover who they are. It is important for them to have a safe space to take risks — and perhaps fail — but to build character from those failures and successes."
- Drew Meyer, Head of Middle School 

Welcome to the Middle School. With addition of the fifth grade this fall, we now have a connected community that ranges to eighth grade. Because self-discovery is so important during these years, we are focusing our efforts for our expanded (and we would argue, much better) Middle School on creating connections between students within every grade. We do this through our fifth/eighth grade mentoring program as well as our "House" system, which encompasses students from all four grades. These connections create an inclusive community that allows students to embrace our Middle School Motto, “Dare to be different, dare to be yourself.”

The middle school years are a complex time, as students transition from pure childhood to becoming young adults. As they start to develop their own identity, we provide them with solid grounding and direction by appropriately challenging them academically, artistically, and athletically, and encouraging them to take risks. Through this time we provide daily guidance through meetings with their advisor.

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.

Research

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.

Class Trips

The development of well-rounded students is a vital element of our Middle School experience. We provide opportunities for students to learn more about themselves and the world around them through a variety of experiences. Fifth graders challenge themselves with a ropes course and team building activities at Scalzi Park, and overnight class trips to Camp Hazen (sixth grade), W. Alton Jones camp at the University of Rhode Island (seventh grade), and the Washington, D.C., trip (eighth grade) supplement our curriculum, allowing the students to make deeper connections with the class material and with each other.

Active Learning

GFA places a priority on making meaningful connections with the community through service work. Our students gain an understanding of the importance of giving back through a number of Community Service activities like tutoring in Bridgeport, visiting elder homes, and maintaining the Audubon trail and greenhouse on campus. There are many other opportunities for our students to connect with the larger community, including eighth grade assembly speeches and our Marketplace of Ideas, where students work in groups find solutions to real-world problems.


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