The Middle School years (grades 5–8) are a time of significant growth and development in students’ lives. Montgomery Academy celebrates this milestone phase with a program specifically designed to help students transition toward more independence and responsibility.
The Middle School groups students in two cohorts on the Vaughn Road campus with the Upper School.
Grades 5 and 6: Located separately from grades 7 and 8, grades 5 and 6 follow a block schedule and change classes during the school day. The major emphasis of grades 5 and 6 is on developing strong writing, organization and study skills. In addition to core subjects, we also offer Spanish, Latin, French, computer, drama, music and art.
Grades 7 and 8: Students in grades 7 and 8 have a seven-period rotating schedule, patterned after the Upper School. Each subject is taught by a teacher who specializes in the particular discipline, with technology and computer integrated throughout the curriculum. We begin the formal study of a foreign language in 7th grade. Electives and extracurricular activities include chorus, speech & debate, art, drama, computer, athletics and community service projects.
Some special features of MA’s Middle School program:
- Daily advisory, where small groups of students meet and check in with their advisory teacher
- “Coach classes,” held before and after school, give students who need extra help or an accelerated pace the opportunity for one-on-one instruction
- Annual trips are part of interdisciplinary study units. These include:
- Grade 5 to Coosa River Science Center
- Grade 6 to Jekyll Island
- Middle School Experiential Learning Week for Grades 7-8
- focuses on providing students opportunities to acquire knowledge and skills outside of the bounds of the traditional classroom.
- MA offers a variety of enriching experiences for our students to engage in substantial activities that will build their commitment to lifelong learning. Experiences available in 2014-2015 are:
- Chicago, IL
- Chattanooga, TN
- Alabama Experience