We take an interdisciplinary approach to learning, which results in deeper engagement and more “sticky” learning experiences for students. In everything we do, we incorporate social-emotional learning to give students the skills and habits they need to become the person they want to be. Our learning environment encourages conflict management, problem solving, critical thinking and self-governance. The middle school experience culminates in a capstone trip with eighth graders from both campuses.
Mountain Academy Middle School
Where essential academic skills meet real-world learning.
The Middle School aims to offer an authentic educational experience, developing joyful, lifelong learners who are prepared to positively influence their world. Through project-based learning, students develop essential academic skills while learning to collaborate and communicate effectively to solve problems. We embrace students as individuals as we guide them through healthy development for their own success, as well as the benefit of their communities.
An interdisciplinary, project-based, approach allows students to connect content, skills and dispositions across subject areas. Our inquiry-based curriculum is grounded in observing, asking relevant questions, making predictions and collecting data to understand the world through multiple lenses. This multifaceted approach leaves students prepared for Upper School and beyond.
Students are encouraged to take intellectual risk, to ask and to answer their own questions, and to express their unique thoughts and ideas. Middle School faculty work hard to provide opportunities for student voice and choice. Our learning environment encourages conflict management, problem solving, critical thinking, and self-governance.
Community at Mountain Academy incorporates the classroom, school, and local and global realms. Communities serve as learning ecosystems for our school, where local and regional experts, experiences and places are part of the expanded definition of a classroom. We build reciprocal relationships with local and regional partners to impact the community and enable immersive student learning.
Each student and their parents/guardians work with a faculty advisor who provides guidance regarding long-term academic planning, social and emotional development, and community performance. Our goal together in these learning teams is to develop strong, supportive adult/child relationships that are so critical during the middle years. Advisories meet each week and the advisor serves as the primary contact between school and home.
"I'm happy to be at Mountain Academy because, no matter the circumstance, our community focuses on staying positive. I was a little nervous going into Middle School, but my teachers and friends support me so much, I feel right at home. And the campus is epic!"Middle School Student, 2020-2021 School Year