Overview

A Journey of Discovery

Like no other developmental stage in a student’s life, the period from 11 to 14 years is a dynamic period of change and growth. Our Middle School responds to this transition by providing an important bridge between the self-contained environment of elementary school and the self-reliant approach of high school. Students with varied interests, talents, and abilities excel and strengthen in the CSS Middle School. Students begin to broaden their academic horizon within a safe, supportive, and challenging college-bound environment. With smaller classes, our students become acquainted quickly and develop lasting friendships. They have the opportunity to become leaders, to volunteer in the community, and to challenge themselves and one another as independent thinkers and problem solvers. Most importantly they learn more about who they are, figure out their strengths and weaknesses, and discover their passions.

Regular Communication with Parents

Communication between the student, teacher, and parents is frequent:

  • The Kodiak Weekly is emailed to every family on a weekly basis. We use this to provide parents with calendar updates, important announcements and general reminders.
  • On-line access to grades. Middle school parents are able to see their child’s grades on a daily basis, or if they prefer, have weekly grade reports emailed directly to them.
  • Student Led Conferences are scheduled in the fall and spring. Each Middle School student completes a self-evaluation form and discusses this with his or her parents and advisor with the purpose of having the student develop academic and social goals. Additionally, teachers are available as needed or requested throughout the year.

Advisor System

Every Middle School student has a faculty advisor who monitors progress, sets goals, establishes a supportive relationship, and communicates regularly with parents to ensure students stay “on target.” Our weekly advisor meetings focus on organization and study skills, peer relations, and self-esteem, and social and emotional growth.

 
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