So often “too big” for the elementary model, yet “too young” for the faster pace of the traditional junior high, fourth and fifth graders benefit from a special community of their own in which to learn, take risks, grow, and play. Experienced teachers who understand the unique needs of “middle childhood” can make all the difference in the way these emerging scholars view themselves and the world around them.
The Middle School (Grades 4 & 5) experience at CDS is designed to foster curiosity, develop strong habits of mind and character, and build empathy and compassion for others. The challenging yet nurturing environment of this division provides students opportunities to explore a variety of academic offerings, technology, physical education, music, art, drama, community service, and leadership roles. These efforts are facilitated by an exceptional family of experienced and caring educators, supportive parents, and enthusiastic students.
In their first year of Middle School, fourth graders begin to “move” between four core academic subjects: Integrated Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics, and Science (Life, Physical, & Earth). Emphasis in the first year of Middle School is placed on organizational skills, and our unique advisory program teaches students how to use a planner, organize their after-school time, and ask questions in classes. As students begin to explore the digital world in greater depth, our Communication courses help them understand the value of digital citizenship and the importance of online safety.