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Transforming as Learners and Individuals in 5th–8th Grades

Sanford’s Middle School provides a supportive, rigorous, and respect-filled environment in which students learn and grow while being themselves. As in each of Sanford’s divisions, we challenge students at levels consistent with their current abilities and impel them to stretch themselves further. Middle School's Honor Code grows with them. With caring, committed teachers as their guides, students assume responsibility for their work, their behavior, and their community.

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  • Student focuses on technique in art class

    Transformative years

    Our developmentally appropriate and thoughtfully planned Middle School curriculum fosters individual growth as children evolve from concrete thinkers to more abstract problem solvers—a transformation at the core of adolescent development and one that prepares them for high school.
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    Learning Together

    While exploring academic subjects, athletics, music, visual arts, and personal interests, our students learn to be independent young people who trust one another, advocate for themselves and others, and enjoy being together in social situations. Every grade goes on a week-long class trip, during which students learn as much about themselves, their teachers, and one another as they do about the content they study.
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    Getting involved

    Middle schoolers possess a natural determination to make an impact, so they get the chance every day. Many of the clubs students join during their activity period are service oriented, and more than one of Sanford’s campus-wide environmental initiatives have roots in an idea that germinated in Middle School.
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    Life Lessons

    Mistakes are inevitable. We help students learn from them because that is when life’s most important lessons happen. Supported and trusted, students evolve into self-assured, well-educated, confident young people who then begin to trust their own judgment and act more independently as they transition to high school and then to college and beyond.

MS Curriculum

Overnight Class Trips

Valuable learning experiences lie at the heart of the Middle School program. Faculty-led trips allow students to gain knowledge of subject matter on a whole different level, while reinforcing class unity, teamwork, and personal growth.
With few exceptions, students share that these experiences are lifelong highlights, while parents reflect on their child's increased confidence and independence.

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  • 5th Grade

    Fifth graders spend several days (one in Colonial garb!) in Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown, VA, to supplement their study of Colonial America. This trip is canceled for the 2020-2021 school year. 
  • 6th Grade

    Sixth grade ventures to Cape May, NJ, studying oceanography in direct correlation with the science curriculum. This trip is canceled for the 2020-2021 school year. 
  • 7th Grade

    Seventh grade journeys to Vermont for a week-long, outward-bound type experience highlighted by team building, high ropes courses, and individual and team challenges. This trip is canceled for the 2020-2021 school year. 
  • 8th Grade

    Eighth graders travel to Washington, DC, for a week to reinforce their study of American history and science. This trip is canceled for the 2020-2021 school year. 

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