Our Middle School program is designed to carry out BA's mission by helping young people in grades 5-8 acquire knowledge and skills through conversation, discovery, and deep understanding. We strive to inspire, in each student, a love of learning, self knowledge, and meaningful community membership.
During the middle grades years, students experience rapid growth intellectually, emotionally, and physically. They gradually take ownership of the learning process, build relationships, and come to appreciate their own individuality as they prepare to take on the challenges of high school. Although the Middle School’s academic program is rigorous, our great expectations are fully aligned with the developmental capacities of our young students and fully supported by the close work and passion of our highly trained and experienced faculty.
Because Grades 5-8 represent a special period in the life of a child, the members of our faculty are not only discipline area specialists, but relationship specialists and adults who have dedicated their professional lives to working with our pre and young adolescent children. While teachers work to know students well enough to challenge them to their fullest intellectual potential, our balanced approach allows significant time for training the body and spirit as much as the mind.
Extension/Outreach Specific to Middle School
- Electives: Art, Vocal Music, Physical Education, Media Skills, Latin, and Technology
- MS Clubs: Student Government and Class Representatives, Book Club, Interact Club, Robotics
- MS Athletics: Cross Country, Basketball, Golf, Soccer, Swim, Tennis, Volleyball, Archery
- National and state writing competitions
- STARBASE at MCAS
Extension/Outreach with School-wide Participation
- Core Values emphasis
- Annual 9/11 tribute
- Fall Festival
- Veterans’ Day program
- Earth Day awareness activities
- PI Day celebration
- School wide pep rallies
- SCISA Meet participation: Math team, Quiz Bowl, One Act Play, Debate, Art Show, Spelling Bee, Literary Meet
- Support community agencies: National Make a Difference Day, Friends of Caroline Hospice’s Festival of Trees, CODA, CAPA, and HELP of Beaufort
- Guest performers (Indian Tribe, jazz and blues musicians, storytellers)
- CAT (Cross Age Tutoring) program