Our Middle School at Staten Island Academy consists of Grades 5-8.
During these years, students begin to stretch their wings in a safe, supportive environment. They study with teachers who specialize in specific subject matter and take advantage of fully equipped classrooms that function as laboratories and studios. At Staten Island Academy, we put students at the center of their education. Students are engaged in every aspect of their learning. We believe that by building our programs around students, learning can be long-lasting, meaningful and fun. In the Middle School, the results are astonishing -- students love school, their teachers know them well, and it’s cool to be smart.
Our educational philosophy is that education should be focused on a young person’s real interests, exploring the students’ own questions and curiosities. We teach experiential, holistic and challenging lessons, guided by the belief that students learn best when they are genuinely challenged and when they encounter whole ideas. We believe that learning comes when children develop a true understanding of concepts through higher-order thinking associated with various fields of inquiry. Helping students learn socially, collaboratively and democratically fosters a learning environment that is a model of the community in which they live.
We believe that our Middle School has a unique learning environment, one that focuses on inquiry and interaction as much as it does achievement and success; it encourages individual growth and progress alongside teamwork and community. Students are asked to explore the material at hand by always digging deeper, asking “Why?” while valuing their opinions. Our students know that our teachers take a genuine interest in their individual and collective learning by creating a safe, challenging environment. Our faculty approach teaching and learning exclusively for young adolescents who are each day becoming more aware of their position in the world, their new freedoms and their new responsibilities.
It is vital to a child’s success in school and in life that he or she feels safe. Toward that end, our campus is a secure twelve acres that offers children the room to grow and explore within a safe environment. In addition to providing physical safety, we believe that the learning environment must be safe for students to take risks, ask for help, challenge and continue to ask “Why?”. We strive to cultivate a community in which children are not afraid to play a sport, sing on the stage or approach a teacher for help when they just don’t understand something or want to take a topic to the next level.
We know that the Middle School years can be as much of a time of change for parents as it is for students. We are proud that as an independent school with small classes, we are able to get to know our parents and work with them to find the right balance between giving their Middle Schoolers more space while finding ways for crucial involvement in their child’s life. We encourage parents to be active and present in the life of the school when they can, attending coffees, workshops and Parents' League meetings so that parents can benefit from educational resources at times that are convenient for them. We believe that education cannot happen in isolation. It is vital to a strong program that community members work together to make the cycle of learning successful.