Arts (10 trimesters)
English (4 years)
Environmental Practices (2 trimesters)
Math (4 years)
Physical Education (9 trimesters)
Science (4 years)
Social Science (4 years)
Spanish (4 years)
Technology (3 trimesters)
Students entering EPS for 5th and 6th grade will take a minimum of two Visual Arts, two Theatre, and two Music courses over their MS career. Students entering as 7th graders must take one course from each Fine & Performing Arts area. Students entering as 8th graders must take one course from two different areas (e.g. one course from Visual Arts and one course from Theatre).
Environmental Practices is taken for one trimester in 7th grade and one trimester in 8th grade
Middle School courses are designed to give students opportunities to practice the habits of mind employed in each academic discipline. Critical thinking skills are emphasized. Integration plays an important role in tying ideas together, and teachers collaborate on specific units when it makes sense to do so. Faculty infuse each day in (and out of!) the classroom with enthusiasm and hands-on learning.
Students arrive in the Middle School as children and leave as young adults, having progressed through profound biological, social, and cognitive changes. Our program is effective because it fosters and supports student growth in language use, problem solving, memory development, ethical maturity, and social presence.
Our courses coordinate not only with interdisciplinary content, but also to teach important skills consistently throughout the Middle School experience. Upon completion students are able to:
- Use the academic disciplines as a framework for critical thinking,
- Solve complex problems within a variety of disciplines and topics,
- Communicate written ideas thoughtfully and creatively
- Confidently present ideas to large and small audiences,
- Effectively employ technology to enhance learning,
- Lead compassionately as a respectful member of our global community.
The ultimate goal of the Middle School Program is to equip students with the necessary academic and social skills for a more robust disciplinary study in the EPS Upper School.
Where appropriate, coursework is guided by grade-specific Big Questions.
- Grade 5: Who Am I?
- Grade 6: What Is The World Made Of?
- Grade 7: How Did We Get Here?
- Grade 8: What Does It Mean To Be Human?