What’s the point of middle school?
We think it’s to gain confidence through honing academic skills and expanding your core knowledge base, to build your community of peers and learn to work with them, and to preserve the love of learning that so many people seem to lose sometime between elementary school and high school. Junior high is a huge transitional time: Kids are changing emotionally, and physically, and what they need to thrive in their learning lives is changing, too: Homeschoolers are ready to venture beyond parent-led learning, and traditionally schooled students may find middle school a challenge to navigate academically and socially. Our junior high is a supportive, inspiring middle school alternative for Atlanta tweens who want to enter high school as happy, confident students.
WE BUILD CONFIDENCE Students come to middle school with a wide range of knowledge and abilities, and our multi-grade approach meets them where they are, giving them scaffolding where they need it and encouraging them to spread their academic wings when they are ready. It can be a tricky balance helping students discover and address their weaknesses while also encouraging them to celebrate their accomplishments and develop a strong sense of self, but we’ve found that project-based learning, a multi-age classroom, and an steady emphasis on essential skills delivers big rewards.
WE EMPHASIZE COMMUNITY These are the years when friendships and social networks become increasingly important to tweens, and we work hard to make community as important as academics at the Academy. Hands-on activities, projects, and presentations give students the opportunity to learn to work together. Students have an extra-long lunch break and breaks for social time throughout the day, and we encourage families to plan field trips and activities.
WE CELEBRATE LOVE OF LEARNING Ultimately, we want our junior high students to head off to high school with the same confidence and excitement about learning they had in kindergarten. We hope you’ll learn a lot in middle school, but we hope even more that you’ll have a great time doing it.