That’s the intent behind our interdisciplinary approach to learning.
We know girls learn best when they can engage with each other and connect academic concepts to real-world experiences. That's why our faculty works across disciplines — connecting themes and topics in multiple subjects — to create a meaningful and immersive learning environment. When her school experience is created through the lens of what's best for girls, she feels empowered to stand up, speak up, and reach higher.
Middle School operates on a seven-day cycle with blocks identified by letters A through G. Each block occurs five days out of seven with class periods running 45-50 minutes.
(Class times vary by day)
Parliament at 8:00 a.m.
Study Hall | Chorus
Study Hall at 2:55 p.m. for grades 5, 6 or Sports for grades 6, 7, 8
School ends at 3:30 p.m.
Middle School's advisory program, called Parliament (a gathering of owls), are small group forums where students build relationships with teachers and each other, reinforce the school's values, and promote character education. Students gather daily in Parliament, and the weekly schedule may include an assembly, grade-level class meeting, activities and values lessons, and Fun Fridays.
"Teachers always take the time to meet with me when I need their help."
Tori, Class of 2027
Students continue to learn the importance of being engaged citizens through service learning. Highlights include: the eighth grade partnership with a West Philadelphia elementary school; supporting Cradles to Crayons by packing books, sorting toys, and writing notes to children who will receive the donations. All Middle School girls participate in a canned food drive, and our sixth grade students collect, pack, and deliver the donations to a local food pantry.
Modern and Classical language studies in Middle School focus on writing and speaking skills, as well as the language's cultural influence. In fifth grade, students take a semester of Spanish and semester of French, and in the spring, decide which language they would like to continue to study in sixth grade. In seventh and eighth grade, students add Latin to their schedule, learning the distinctive rhythm and flow of the language, understanding Latin vocabulary terms and its influence on the English language, as well as an examination of Roman culture and civilization.