Leadership Work in the Middle School
As students develop increasing independence in the Middle School, the opportunities to put the leadership skills they learned in the Lower School into practice expand.
Middle School leadership programming includes:
- The Middle School advising program, which emphasizes and teaches conflict resolution, self-awareness, and negotiation skills
- All grades elect co-presidents, as well as co-representatives to athletic board, environmental board, CAFE (Cultural Awareness for Everyone), community engagement board, and arts board.
- The entire Middle School elects two Middle School co-presidents from Class VIII
- The Middle School debate program, which is open to students in Classes VI–VIII
- Student-led projects and initiatives, including bake sales, assembly topics/speakers, and special programming on topics selected by students
- Students perform in plays ranging from one acts to full productions
- Public speaking projects are emphasized in all grades in all subject areas
- Mini-mester presentations after an intensive week of work focused on a particular subject
- Class V poetry presentations
- Public speaking unit for Classes V and VI taught by the head of school
- Sweet Readers program for all in Class VII, who are paired with students from different schools and backgrounds to work with older people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease
- A leadership “retreat” for Class VII as they enter Class VIII
- Class VIII memorial presentations, both in Washington, DC, and at a Middle School assembly