As a World IB School, in our middle school we offer the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP). This framework supports a broad-based curriculum that focuses on helping students to become independent thinkers and passionate learners, developing mastery of the skills and knowledge necessary to engage in authentic tasks to solve real-world problems.
Our middle school is proud of its small classes, dedicated faculty, world class facilities, and outstanding experiential learning. We are happy to offer the resources of a large school but within a small, supportive learning community.
- Our P&G Black Box Theater is an inviting and comfortable area to stage smaller productions while our Main Theater stands ready for our larger productions.
- Two sports fields and two gymnasia, as well as an exercise room, provide plenty of space for our sports teams to strategize and practice.
- With newly renovated science labs along with our Design classrooms' laser cutters and 3-d printers, as well as a dedicated woodworking shop and two art classrooms, our middle schoolers are able to unleash some of their creativity.
Social & Emotional Wellbeing
All students are assigned an Advisor and these Advisory groups meet briefly each morning and once per cycle for an extended period, supporting our students wellbeing. We have a robust Social and Emotional Learning program and our Advisory program is designed to ensure that all CA students have a secure sense of belonging-- as well as have fun.
Technology Starting in Grade 6, all students are required to have their own laptop. In middle school this is a new responsibility and so we work with the students to ensure that they know how to manage their “digital footprint” and be responsible users and consumers of technology.
Students in Grades 6 to 8 are given the opportunity to make meaningful choices within their academic program. Students choose whether to study Japanese or Spanish and, beginning in Grade 7 students choose their Arts classes as well.
Students are encouraged to take part in any of our twenty service clubs, developing greater responsibility to others as well as gaining confidence in one's own abilities and leadership skills.
While academics, wellbeing and service are important, we also understand that our middle schoolers need to move and be active. Our middle school ski trips, our Week Without Walls, our after school clubs, and our four sports seasons provide ample opportunity to try something new or to hone a skill.