THE MIDDLE SCHOOL YEARS
The middle school years are periods of tremendous growth for students, and Field’s goal is to help our sixth, seventh, and eighth graders become more independent and responsible while always providing a close and supportive guiding hand—the right blend of individuality and connectedness. Field does this by keeping the middle school small, providing a distinct advising program, and providing these younger students with an experience that is somewhat separate from the upper school but allows for some healthy crossover through the mentor program, the activities and honors program, and our commitment to allowing everyone to have lunch together.
A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE, BUT STILL PART OF THE COMMUNITY
Field provides middle school students with experiences that are distinctly their own in academic, athletic, studio, and social arenas while also allowing students areas of contact with older students and the school as a whole. The middle school has its own identity—with a distinct daily schedule, studio program, and advisory experience—yet it participates fully in all-school assemblies and in each day's common lunch period.
Each middle school student has a 10th, 11th, or 12th grade mentor that they meet with regularly throughout the year in a program carefully overseen by the school.
Additionally, though middle school sports are mostly separate, our eighth grade students may play with older students on some sports teams when it is appropriate. While many activities are tailored for middle schoolers, our jazz ensemble might well feature an 8th grade drummer playing behind an 11th grade singer, or middle school students might serve as a jury for the 12th grade mock trial.
Field's middle school balances regular, structured "middle schoolers-only" activities with participation in the larger world of the school.