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.
Gilman families showed up in force at First Fruits Farm during the first Service Saturday of the school year. More than 25 Gilman students and their families helped to harvest approximately 2,000 pounds of tomatoes and 30,000 ears of corn that were made available to needy area families. See photos here.
In the 2016-17 school year, the Middle School Diversity Council decided to host a “Diversity Day,” which would involve the entire division in an in-house, educational conference. Now in its third year, the Open Dialogues series has blossomed. Learn more here.
On a recent Saturday the Middle School held an Affinity Leadership Retreat. While there are many things a student might choose to do on a weekend other than return to school, nearly 60 boys participated. Facilitated by ten Upper School affinity group leaders, the event was designed to encourage dialogue across divisions and set the standard for affinity groups in the Gilman community. Learn more.