Specifically, the freedom to explore and use her voice. To build confidence. To navigate the world with a growing sense of independence.
Research shows that by age 10, girls are ready for Middle School — which is why fifth grade is part of the Middle School program at Agnes Irwin. To empower girls during these critical middle school years, we’ve developed an engaging and dynamic curriculum. Created collaborative classrooms. Built robust wellness and athletics programs. And brought leading academic, girl-centered research to our curriculum through our Center for the Advancement of Girls. Because in Middle School, she is spreading her wings, and continuing to soar.
Learn to love making connections.
That’s the intent behind our interdisciplinary approach to learning, which allows students to connect themes and topics across subjects. We know girls learn best when they can engage with each other and connect academic concepts to real-world experiences — so in Middle School, each grade's curriculum is organized around core ideas and questions, giving girls the space to discover connections across disciplines and move them toward a broader understanding of skills and content.
Design Thinking in our STEAM Studio
Critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills are on full display in our STEAM Studio, which provides an immersive space for girls to explore science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.
Middle schoolers use the STEAM Studio to create everything from interactive museum exhibits on fossils and antique family portraits depicting early 20th-century immigrants to “news broadcasts” on the green screen, 3D models of the Nile River, and coding projects for Spanish class or an independent study.
Courage To Be Me is a part of our life skills and character education program, designed to ease the transition to Middle School for fifth graders. In the once-per-cycle class, our girls develop their emotional and social intelligence, including empathy, in activity-based learning.
Mrs. Cintra Horn thinks of middle school as a kaleidoscope — an ever-changing mosaic of beautiful colors, shapes, and perspectives. Our girls know that Mrs. Horn is there to guide, support, and challenge them throughout these transitional years. And you just may see her wearing bells as a court jester at our beloved Medieval Night.
Meet Middle School Director Mrs. Horn
After School Options
Middle School students have two options after the final bell rings for the day. Fifth through seventh graders can participate in 4 O'Clock Study — a proctored, quiet, free-of-charge study hall from 4 to 6 p.m. where girls can get a head start on their homework. Eight grade students are granted the privilege of attending on-campus sporting events, or working/relaxing in the eight grade lounge, Burch Lobby, or Alumnae Lobby.
Seventh and eighth grade girls may try out for Middle School sports teams, with the interscholastic games after school.