Ethical Education in the Middle School
Middle School students practice ethical decision-making in the classroom, on athletic fields, and in the larger community. Encouraging students to take responsibility for their behavior is at the heart of the Middle School’s philosophy. Teachers weave ethics education throughout their curricula, classroom management, and guidance in student problem-solving.
During the Middle School years, students are grouped in supportive grade-level advisories, where they build on social and emotional competencies through hands-on activities. As part of health education, students explore how family, peers, religion, and culture shape moral codes, and they learn to articulate their own. Role-playing teaches students how to recognize inappropriate behaviors and how to intervene with peers.
Monthly chapel gatherings broaden understanding of world religions by introducing specific practices, philosophies, beliefs, and observances. Students practice mindfulness techniques to help manage strong emotions, express gratitude, and be reflective about personal goals.
Through Community Engagement
Students address larger community issues through integrated service learning. Recent projects have included work with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), the Horizonte School, the Homeless Youth Resource Center, Sunnyvale Community Center, Choice International, Crossroads Urban Center, and Ouelessebougou-Utah Alliance. Student-initiated projects are encouraged and individual advisories take on service projects such as IRC's Light One Candle and seasonal food drives.
Week-long class trips put students in situations where they must be accountable for their own well being and that of a larger group. In addition, participation in sports enables commitment and leadership. Coaches reinforce what good sportsmanship means for athletes and fans.
Through Digital Footprint
Middle School students use iPads and email accounts for schoolwork and are expected to be responsible for their digital footprint: online communications should be thoughtful and considerate.