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Middle School

Grades 5 - 8


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The unique educational and developmental needs of the adolescent determine the basis for the Middle School program. As students face new expectations and strive to develop their identities, teaching strategies promote individual development while recognizing the importance of cooperative learning and group membership.

Recognizing that early adolescence is a time of tremendous physical and emotional change, Key helps students gain confidence and develop independence by providing a supportive and caring environment in which to learn. Multidisciplinary experiences, hands-on student-directed activities, and first-hand contact with primary sources promote enthusiastic student participation.

As they mature, students assume more responsibility. Teachers and students work together in an atmosphere of respect and sensitivity for others, and experience the joy of discovering, learning and knowing.

Dave Magnus

Middle School Division Head

Seven middle school boys pose together smiling with arms around each other holding footballs while standing on a green field
Two middle school boys sit in rolling office chairs on stage during the middle school's performance of A Simpler Time
Six middle school children dressed in halloween costumes pose together smiling while outside on a green field
Six middle school boys and girls sit on a log outside smiling at the camera
A middle school boy wearing a Boston Bruins jersey uses sticks to play a large xylephone
Three middle school children smile at the camera while standing outside on a sunny day
A high school boy sits while playing a bass guitar shaped like a violin
Middle school boys and girls carry a canoe through the woods during their Lewis and Clark Portage outdoor education class
Five high school female volleyball players stand together in the gym with arms around each other smiling
Four female middle school students stand in the gym holding up their pickleball paddles smiling
Four middle school boys sit on a log in the woods with arms around each other during an outdoor education trip
Nine middle school boys basketball players stand together in their gray uniforms on the basketball court

Defining Elements

  • Foundational Curriculum, Innovative Approach
    Students learn the foundational academic building blocks they need to succeed in Middle School and beyond. They learn by doing, making connections between units of study and the real world, and having fun!
  • Personalized Learning 
    Close relationships between students and teachers are a hallmark of the Key School experience. Small class sizes in a tight-knit community allow teachers to know their students well and tailor learning to their strengths, needs and interests.
  • Motivation Mindset 
    Key’s motivation mindset shifts emphasis away from pure outcomes and toward effort and process. Key students learn that struggle is normal and part of learning, challenges are opportunities to improve, and that setting goals and working hard are just as important as achieving them.
  • Diverse, Inclusive Community 
    During the formative middle school years, students are molded into careful listeners, ethical decision-makers and self-assured individuals who are inclusive of others and advocates for justice in their school and their communities. They also know coming to Key as their authentic selves will be respected, valued and supported.
  • Advisory & Academic Support

    The advisory program creates a sense of community and ensures that each student has an adult who can act as their advocate. Each advisor mentors their advisees in Life Skills, organization, time management, study skills, and homework management in addition to helping students set reasonable, yet challenging goals.

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