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Middle School (5th - 8th)

The Woods Academy Middle School

Our Middle School program for Grades 5 through 8 encourages the development of responsible young men and women through a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes critical and independent thinking, while recognizing that these students have different interests, strengths, and learning styles.

The Woods middle grades emphasize team teaching, varied student groupings, and hands-on activities. Our program is geared to meet the needs of our students, acknowledging and appreciating their requirement for structure and autonomy, as well as their desire for acceptance and success. Our strong arts, athletics, and guidance programs reinforce our academics and support a climate where our middle school students thrive.

Our community service program, advisor system, and smaller class sizes reflect our commitment to developing middle school students’ sense of social responsibility. Students develop essential skills through exploration, inquiry, reflection, and community service, and leave Grade 8 well-prepared for high school. On average, 100 percent of our graduates are accepted to their first-choice high school.

Our Middle School Advisory Program

The Woods Academy Middle School advisory program matches faculty and staff with small, same sex groups of students. These groups meet with their advisors every morning and afternoon, and have lunch with them every Friday. This intimate pairing ensures there is at least one adult at The Woods who knows your child well and can act as his or her advocate. Advisors discuss academic, social, and emotional development issues with their students, and the lunch gatherings often include group discussions and activities.

Overnight Trips

Grade 5 and 6 students spend two days and one night attending an outdoor educational experience at Bretton Woods. The goal of this trip is to foster a sense of teamwork and build confidence in the students.

Students in Grade 7 go on a three day trip to the Jamestown Settlement, Colonial Williamsburg, and Yorktown Victory Center. The trip is a wonderful opportunity to enhance their study of Colonial America and the Revolutionary War in social studies.

Grade 8 students go on a four day trip to Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, National Civil War Medicine Museum (Frederick, MD), Antietam National Battlefield Park, and Gettysburg National Battlefield Park. The trip is a wonderful opportunity to enhance their study of the Civil War in social studies.

Transition to High School

The Middle School academic program prepares all students for the intellectual and social challenges at public, independent, and Catholic high schools.

The Head of School and the High School Placement Coordinator meet with each family to provide support through the high school admission process. Learn more about this process by visiting the High School Placement page.


Sample Middle School Daily Schedule

8:00 AM - 8:25 AM Advisory Arrival & Advisory

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Specials (Music, Art, PE)

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM Science

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM Break & Snack 

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Social Studies 

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM World Language 

12:30 PM - 1:15 PM Lunch/Recess 

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM Math 

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM Language Arts

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM Advisory