Middle School Curriculum

Middle school at Woodlawn is designed to engage students in the process of learning - to teach them how to learn. The middle school years are a time of substantial growth, both physically and emotionally. Students come in as children and leave as teenagers ready to enter upper school. Instilling a sense of curiosity and guiding them towards independence and self-advocacy are our top priorities during these years. Our small class size, homeroom/advisory program, and service learning curriculum foster a sense of community within the middle school, while cultivating individuality, a sense of empathy and compassion, and personal responsibility as students discover who they are and where their interests lie.

Our middle school program is comprised of the core subjects of language arts, social studies, math, science, and Spanish. Enrichment classes include visual arts, fitness, technology, gardening, dance, as well as a series of electives. The middle school curriculum is scaffolded to allow students to become creative, resourceful problem solvers. Because real life problem solving involves knowledge of different subjects, we provide an interdisciplinary project-based curriculum, where meaningful and relevant connections are made between the subject areas This curriculum is driven by essential questions that are designed to fulfill Woodlawn’s mission. In addition, to raise the environmental awareness of our students, an ecological education strand is woven into the curriculum throughout middle school. Our students have frequent opportunities to apply what they are learning academically and to contribute personally to the community through field trips and service learning partnerships.

Essential Questions

When Woodlawn students complete middle school, they are equipped with the following life skills:

  • communicate clearly
  • work effectively with others
  • understand issues from multiple viewpoints
  • have the ability to use good judgment (common sense)
  • synthesize and analyze information to solve problems
  • make intellectual connections
  • recognize and respond to ethical issues
  • have a sense of accountability for the environment
  • demonstrate compassion and empathy for others.