By Middle School, students are ready for more sophisticated opportunities for clubs, service, athletics and leadership. Students can join clubs, such as the robotics club, be on the yearbook staff or be part of our student leadership and diversity groups.
In 6th grade they begin competitive athletics and dance.
Recess at Westtown doesn’t end in Lower School; it’s an important break for Middle School students as well. They enjoy a freshly-baked snack and break into groups for bench ball (a game invented by students), four square, a quick round of soccer or hoops, a song accompanied by ukulele, or simply a talk together.
The after school Moose Tracks program affords kids time to share in an activity and to do homework. It’s “one hour of fun, one hour of work.”
Middle School is a time in which the social landscape can be challenging. That’s why much of student life is centered around building ethical kids. We give students structured social time together. There are dances, movie nights, trips to ice-skating. All of these are designed to help kids navigate the sometimes awkward and painful changing social landscape of middle school.
We have a teacher-designed social curriculum (SPARK – Spirit, Participation, Academic Excellence, Respect Kindness) that challenges students to get in the habit of asking themselves things like: Have I done my best? Have I taken a risk? Have I been kind? In concert with SPARK, teachers talk to kids at length about social media, bullying, peer pressure, and the challenges they face as they get older.
Together we make middle school a safe place to grow - and have fun.