“Within the Middle School (Grade 7 & 8), we create a warm, supportive, and innovative learning environment. From a wide variety of club choices, global and local community initiatives, experiential educational opportunities, to exciting learning initiatives both in and out of the classroom, students and faculty work together to support and promote a love of learning.”

KATHLEEN KIRKPATRICK
Director, Middle School
Teacher, English

The Middle School Advantage

HOMEFORM

  • Small class sizes (16:1)
  • Courses taught by subject specialists
  • Extensive Guidance support programme
  • Students take half of their courses each day with their Home Form class, building a sense of spirit and camaraderie among classmates
  • A Home Form Faculty Advisor and two Senior One (Grade 11) Leaders are assigned to facilitate communication and provide support

Academics

  • Introduction to four international languages (German, Mandarin, Arabic and Spanish) in addition to the required French programme
  • Accelerated Mathematics and French programmes in Middle Two (Grade 8)
  • Specialized science labs
  • Music and Visual Arts
  • ALC (arts, creativity and leadership) comprehensive arts course
  • Organized homework and testing blocks
  • Middle Two (Grade 8) Presentations of Learning
  • Global class-to-class partnerships
  • Testing and Homework blocks allows even distribution of course load work to benefit student time management
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Leadership and Mentoring

  • Students are introduced to leadership through formal lessons and a variety of experiential education opportunities
  • Students participate in weekly leadership lessons facilitated by Senior One Homeform leaders
  • Students also have an opportunity to develop their leadership skills in a variety of clubs including Middle School Council, Model United Nations, Middle School Service Council and Young Round Square
  • Students can attend the CAIS Middle School Leadership Conference, the annual Middle School Round Square Conference and international global education trips

Middle School Presentations of Learning (POLs)

  • Middle Two (Grade 8) Presentations of Learning (POLs) take the place of traditional examinations
  • These portfolios are a culminating event celebrating academic and affective growth
  • POLs highlight meaningful learning experiences for teachers, peers, Home Form advisors, and parents across all aspects of their learning at Appleby
  • The driving question is: What should I use to show my growth as a learner throughout my Middle School years, how I have changed, and why I feel I am ready for Upper School?

     

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national Exchange

  • Middle School students can apply to participate in an exchange for approximately two weeks with students from other Canadian schools
  • Previous students have gone to Rothesay-Netherwood School in New Brunswick, Strathcons-Tweedsmuir School in Alberta, Glenlyon-Norfolk in British Columbia and Athenian School in California (San Fransico Bay Area)
  • Exchange destinations are typically Young Round Square member schools
  • Aids in developing a sense of independence

     

Young Round Square

  • Appleby was the first Canadian school to join Round Square
  • Students have the opportunity to attend international conferences/exchanges and participate in International Service Projects
  • Based on the theories of experiential educational philosopher Kurt Hahn
  • Encourages personal development and responsibility in students
  • The Round Square King Constantine Medal is awarded in recognition of outstanding commitment to community service

Outdoor Education

  • Strives to introduce and immerse students into a total experiential learning environment in the Canadian wilderness
  • In Middle One (Grade 7) students experience Outdoor Education trips to locations such as Cedar Glen
  • Beginning in Middle Two (Grade 8), students participate in Outdoor Education trips to Pine Crest
  • Vital life skills are developed such as self-confidence, understanding relationships, personal growth, and a dedicated responsibility toward our local and global communities

     

Service Learning

  • Students develop their global, international, and local understanding of community needs through participating in activities such as Walkathon, United Way week to help those in need
  • Educates students about the value of service in our society through experiential learning
  • Middle School International Service Project has travelled to Costa Rica and Nicaragua in recent years
  • Participation enhances student skills, confidence, communication abilities and commitment

Athletics, Arts, Service & Clubs ProgramMEs

  • Available sports include Soccer, Field Hockey, Volleyball, Basketball, Hockey, Cross-Country, Swimming, Squash, Rugby, Tennis, Softball, and Track & Field
  • Middle School Colours awarded for outstanding performance, commitment and leadership
  • Middle School Play and All-School Play
  • Variety of co-curriculars and clubs offered
  • Co-curriculars and clubs are manditory and integrated into the students' regular class time
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Technology and E.School

  • Computers are introduced to help students organize and streamline their workflow
  • Computer competency is taught throughout the school as a learning tool
  • Students have access to and regularly use the entire Microsoft Office Suite
  • Device familiarity helps students keep pace with the technological world around them

Middle School Facts

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students

16:1

class size

16

sports teams

3

arts and design clubs

2

arts co-curriculars

7

experiential trips


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