Our Middle School begins in 5th grade and is the program you wish you had been able to attend. Individual attention, the freedom to be curious and to explore, and the affirmation of each student's voice and growth are hallmarks of the St. Mary's experience. Middle School is about learning important content and skills in a challenging, supportive community that stresses critical thinking and incorporates project-based learning. Small classes and an open, accepting community nurture a strong sense of belonging among our students.
The Middle School day begins at 8:10 a.m. and ends at 3:15 p.m. Many students stay on campus after dismissal, working on homework in the Carrico Center, getting help from a teacher, attending sports practice, or just hanging out with friends.
Students moving up from our middle school to high school:
- are resilient, flexible learners with a solid skill base
- understand that they play an important role in their communities
- are eager to learn, both independently and with others
- have the hearts and minds of explorers. They will persevere.
We understand that our kids need strong social-emotional skills to confidently face the challenges of high school, college, and beyond. We teach these skills in Adviser Group, which is an important part of the Middle School experience. These daily meetings, first thing in the morning, feature a structured, consistent program of greeting, sharing, and a game or activity to build community, trust, mutual understanding, and to get the school day off on a positive, happy notes
Beginning in 6th Grade, Middle School students have a class each day that's known as an X-Bin. These are elective courses that meet daily for one mod. These classes, which are homework-free, give kids the opportunity to explore, be creative, and to try new things. Examples of X-Bin courses include Digital Photography; Basketball Player Development, Airborne Drone Engineering; and Speech and Debate.
Middle School Sports
Our no-cut policy in the Middle School means that anyone can play. The emphasis for all teams is skill development, participation, and teamwork. We participate in the Small Schools division of the Southern Oregon Middle School Athletic Conference. Teams include:
Fall: volleyball, football, cross country
Winter: basketball, archery
Spring: track and field, baseball