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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 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.

Middle School Stories

Celebrating Diwali

Just a few days after this year’s Diwali holiday, on November 8, 2021, Bansari Gujar, MD, P’28 shared with Gilman’s Middle School a little bit about her culture and her family’s traditions. Dr. Gujar, who was born and raised in india, explained that the word Diwali (pronounced duh·vaa·lee) translates to row of lights. Dr. Gujar outlined each day of the celebration of Diwali, which is celebrated in many parts of the world.

Read More about Celebrating Diwali
Christina Soontornvat (photo by Sam Bond)

Author Christina Soontornvat virtually visited Gilman Middle School on Wednesday, October 13. Her book “All Thirteen” (subtitled “The Incredible Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team”) tells the true account of 12 boys and their soccer coach who went hiking in a cave in the mountains of Northern Thailand in 2018 and then, due to heavy rain and a massive flash flood, became trapped there for 18 days. 

Read More about Virtual Author Visit from Christina Soontornvat

Middle School Calendar