In the Tandem Friends School Middle School, we seek to help children become confident, independent learners. The Middle School, while sharing the ideals and philosophies of the school as a whole, provides a more structured and closely supervised setting for the academic, social, and emotional growth of our younger students.
The distinctive developmental characteristics of Middle School students have been taken into account in creating the curriculum. Students learn to exercise judgment and initiative as well as to assimilate information. To that end, we encourage students to discover and develop their own interests at the same time that they gain the skills and insights derived from study in the traditional disciplines.
We believe in understanding concepts, not just using formulas, and stress the deep understanding that is achieved by working with commitment and creativity. We strive to help children become lifelong learners and emphasize personal responsibility and appreciation of knowledge.
Work within the curriculum and our weekly Advisory class deepens our students’ understanding of Quaker school traditions and values. Open meetings are held frequently to encourage students to resolve issues or speak openly about their school experience.
The school provides a strong academic program across the Middle School curriculum. Middle School teachers provide a program that broadens experiences, remedies deficiencies, and finally, challenges students to achieve their greatest potential.
The following sections provide a brief description of Middle School curriculum philosophy and offerings.