Middle School

Grades Six-Eight

Encouraging Excellence

The goal of the middle school years is for students to develop study and learning skills that will prepare them for high school, college, and beyond. The curriculum is robust: In each of his three years in the Middle School, a student takes language arts, math, a social studies/history course, modern foreign language, and a sequential Talk class, and other required classes as determined by his grade level. Latin is added in the eighth grade. Boys will also choose from art, design and woodworking, computer, technology, journalism, communication skills courses, and all participate in physical education/athletics. Varied extra curricular activities provide myriad opportunities for boys to try something new. The Middle School 1:1 iPad of Choice program fosters dynamic, interactive, and personal learning.

Boys begin to spread their wings and and discover their interests in an encouraging, cooperative, and caring environment. During their three years of Gilman Middle School, they learn to take risks; they learn responsibility; they learn to love learning.

News in the Middle

Meet Harvey

The Middle School will present the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy Harvey, the story of Elwood P. Dowd and his best friend Harvey, a six-foot tall, invisible rabbit. Shows will be Friday, November 17 at 7:00 pm and Saturday, November 18 at 3:00 pm. Tickets will be $6 for adults and $4 for children and students. Purchase tickets in advance here or at the door of Gilman's Alumni Auditorium. We cannot wait for you to meet Harvey!

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Fun with Drones

During the fall 18 boys Middle School studied engineering, soldering, aerial photography and FAA guidelines in the after school Drone Club. Led by Global Air Media founders Eno Umoh '04 and Austin Brown '05, over the course of eight week each boy built and flew his own drone. They took great pride in their work and, at the end of the session, got to keep their drone. Click here for a slide show of the boys at work. In the spring a new group will take over the Middle School's Innovation Lab after school.

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Annual Halloween Parade

Lower School and Middle School students got a jumpstart on Halloween on Tuesday with their traditional festivities. The LS Parade route included the Middle and Upper schools, while the MS held a costume contest. MS faculty and administrators coordinated a Wizard of Oz theme in their costume selections, including Ms. Beckman's dog dressed as Toto. Here's a slide show of costumes. Click here for a video of the parade.

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Author Gordon Korman visits Lower and Middle School students

The prolific children's and young adult author Gordon Korman visited third through sixth grade students in the fall. He wrote his first book, "This Can't be Happening at Macdonald Hall," when he was 12 years old. It was published by Scholastic when he was 14. Boys were inspired by Korman, fascinated to learn how he gets his ideas for stories, and excited to have him sign their books. Learn more about Gordon Korman and see a list of his works here.

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Middle School Calendar

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