Read Dr. Kris' blog:
The Middle School at Trinity Valley School challenges students to explore their potential within a structured and supportive setting. Our faculty understands the unique needs of this age group and fosters an environment that strengthens character and allows students to take healthy risks in the classroom, on the playing field, on the stage, and in the great outdoors. Within this nurturing atmosphere, students learn to work independently, self-advocate, take responsibility for their actions, and recognize the importance of service to others.
The Middle School provides robust, hands-on programs that strike a balance between adult wisdom and student exploration. Teachers at each grade level work together to create developmentally appropriate experiences and curricula for their students. In addition, the Trojan Outdoor Experience (TOE) helps students build confidence and learn leadership skills while strengthening their relationships with their peers. The Advisory and House Meeting programs offer students opportunities to forge strong relationships with adult mentors and engage in meaningful dialogue.
The Middle School provides a rich yet balanced academic program. Students in grades five and six study art, English, mathematics, music, physical education, science, social studies, and Spanish. This year, fifth graders will also study Chinese in a new Exploring Languages class. Fifth and Sixth grade students also participate in a weekly course called The Skills for Tomorrow, designed to help students become creative, collaborative problem-solvers. Students in grades seven and eight add choir, drama, and Latin to their studies, as well as humanities -- a course which combines English and history. In addition, they choose between Spanish and Chinese for their modern language course, and they participate in a weekly Selectives class, where they choose from over a dozen courses that foster innovative thinking. Seventh and eighth graders may join seasonal sports teams to fulfill their physical education requirement.
In all that we do, we seek to create a respectful, vibrant community that provides students with the timeless skills that they need in order to navigate a rapidly changing, twenty-first-century world.
Michael Kris Ed. D.
Head of Middle School