The Country Day Middle School quad is vibrant with lively chatter and energetic interaction each morning. Locker doors slam shut as students head off to their first period class and quiet reigns for a brief time, until classroom doors open and students spill out, as they head to History, English, Mathematics, Science, World Language or Physical Education – all daily academic classes at Country Day.
The willingness of our students to meet the challenges of our rigorous academic classes is inspiring to those of us who teach these outstanding young adults. The Middle School years – from 6th to 8th grade – is a time of growing independence and curiosity, and, as educators, we strive to preserve and direct that inquisitiveness with experiential core academics. For instance, the study of the Middle Ages is complemented by the annual Renaissance Faire, where history, art, English, and science merge in a day-long event. Additionally, the Ancient Greeks are brought to life with a Greek Olympics simulation, including javelin and discuss throw and races, shield design and building, and a feast of Olympic proportions.
Integral to the school’s commitment to experiential learning experiences are the overnight trips taken by students and faculty as extensions of academic studies. Middle School students tour our nation’s Capitol, visit Yosemite, spend five days in a curriculum-based education program in the Santa Cruz mountains, and can look forward to continued trips in the High School.
A generous array of electives, clubs, events, and athletics supplements the curriculum and offers the active and imaginative student plenty of outlets. Electives include art, ceramics, choir, band and orchestra, drama, gardening and cooking, yoga, journalism, digital photography, global awareness, robotics, personal finance, speech and debate, a Maker Lab for design and building, and film and production to name a few. Friday night dances, Nerf Night, Student Council constitute extra curricular activities. The Middle School competes in the Parochial Athletic League and fields teams in flag football, volleyball, cross country, basketball, track and field, soccer, and golf.
Middle School is lively with vigorous learning, fun activities, and lasting friendships.