Trust is palpable among middle school students of Episcopal Day, whether they have been together since pre-kindergarten or have just welcomed a new member this year.
This environment builds opportunities to advocate for themselves and others. Asking for extra help from a fifth grade teacher, or sharing a life lesson with the entire community in an eighth grade Chapel Talk are studies in confidence learned and practiced daily.
Each day brings a new perspective and adventure when working with middle school students. The collegiality of the middle school faculty is invigorating as we plan, laugh, create, and strategize together and throughout the school year. Our teamwork translates into the best teaching synergy a student could experience.
The connection and validation our older students feel is heartwarming. They reminisce and relive their own younger years through the school family projects, songs, activities, and traditions of the entire school community. The sense of community and camaraderie is overwhelming and continues even as students become alumni and return to visit their Episcopal Day family.
We invite you to explore for yourself what is unique about our program.
|Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri:||Wed (late start):|
|Grades 5-6||Arrival||7:45 - 8:15 am||8:45 - 9:00 am|
|Dismissal||3:30 - 3:40 pm||3:30 - 3:40 pm|
|Grades 7-8||Arrival||7:45 - 8:15 am||8:45 - 9:00 am|
|Dismissal||3:40 - 3:50 pm||3:40 - 3:50 pm|
8th Grade Chapel Talks
As the capstone experience of the Eighth Grade year, students lead a Chapel Talk where they share their lessons from personal experience to inspire schoolmates through vulnerability and wisdom. Topics have included:
- Stories and reflections of overcoming racial adversity and imposter syndrome
- Being empowered by and learning to live with cognitive, emotional, and/or physical ableism including dyslexia, depression, and anxiety
- Overcoming perfectionism and disappointment
- How to be an advocate for yourself and others
Eighth graders become powerful voices of leadership in our community, emulating qualities of vulnerability and self-acceptance. The talks are also a wonderful opportunity for classmates to show support and commend accomplishments of their classmates by exclaiming “good job!”, and “congratulations!”, offering a smile, giving an ‘elbow bump’, or a high-five.
Hip Hop For Change came to Episcopal Day to teach students about the powerful, culture-shifting Hip Hop movement.
In fall 2021, an idea was ignited among Ms Adenekan, Ms. Jiwani, and five middle school students — Anya, Ellie, Kendall, Serena, and Yasmin.
7th grade conducted a fire lab with Mr. Farrington to examine what elements make forests more or less flammable.