“I wish I could do that.” That’s what many parents say about seventh grade at Moses Brown. Beginning with a four-day trip to the woods with classmates and teachers, students quickly develop lasting friendships with peers and adults that sustain them throughout the year.
Their classes are frequently bound together in interdisciplinary bundles that blend literature, mathematics, science, and social studies in nuanced and multi-faceted explorations of complex issues. Whether reading To Kill A Mockingbird while learning about economics and the Great Depression (and running their own speakeasy) or exploring the tundra of Journey: The Amazing Story of OR-7 while studying ecological and political issues (complete with a visit from a real live rancher), they are getting a taste of immersive scholarship that may be more reminiscent of graduate school than it is of middle school.
Of course, they’re just beginning their teen years, so their social and emotional development is of paramount importance. In daily advisory, they learn from (and lean on) trusted grownups and peers to build a lasting sense of community, and a sense of belonging that helps them grow through the social challenges of early adolescence. That (and a fresh pack of gum) is generally enough to get them through a Friday night dance.Inquire