Two students smiling at camera in Intermediate art class

Middle School

Students learn to apply their academic skills, embrace a higher level of independence, and engage in arts-centered, project-based learning in all subjects.

“At The Lab School, you are no longer that kid — the one who struggles to read, or who has issues with spelling. In many ways, you’re like everyone else. You can succeed at Lab. Believing in yourself — that you have the ability to go beyond what others expect of you — is the most important factor of success. Lab helped me do this, and it has changed my life.”
— Lab School Student

Geared towards students in grades 5-8, the Middle School program focuses on developing skills, knowledge, independence, and self-advocacy.  The academic curriculum continues to provide opportunities for hands-on, project-based learning, while students are supported in tackling increasingly rigorous content.  Classes are always differentiated to support individual student needs, and opportunities for intensive remediation continue.  Increased choice is a crucial part of the program, with students selecting arts and STEM courses, clubs, and extracurricular activities.

 

Creativity and Challenge Throughout the Day

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A student playing the xylophone.
A student playing the xylophone.

Modern Band

Students focus on developing a wide range of musical skills including: singing, playing instruments, and learning note-reading, rhythm, and harmony-chord analysis. 

Student portrait
Lily
6th Grade
Two students using camera in front of a green screen
Two students using camera in front of a green screen

Videography

"With the skills they are learning and the technologies in their pockets and at their fingertips, they become more confident and willing to take risks." - Digital Film Teacher

Student portrait
Dylan
8th Grade
Student wearing safety goggles using an electric saw
Student wearing safety goggles using an electric saw

Architecture Workshop

Whether building a birdhouse or a rocking chair, students learn drafting, measurement, basic mathematics, and the manipulation of a variety of unconventional materials, tools, and methods.

Student portrait
Sarah
6th Grade
Teacher at board explaining the concept of drag on a car
Click to play the video

Design Lab

Design Lab promotes problem-solving strategies, creative thinking, collaboration, and expression using various sculptural materials and woodworking skills.

Student photo
Noah
6th Grade
Two students standing over car robot they built
Two students standing over car robot they built

Robotics and Engineering

“The kids are moving around the room,  engaging with the group around the concepts we are learning, and through all this, they are developing visual thinking and spatial reasoning that are critical to understand basic and higher level math.” - Robotics and Engineering Teacher

Student portrait
Garrett
7th Grade
9:00 AM
A student playing the xylophone.

Modern Band

Students focus on developing a wide range of musical skills including: singing, playing instruments, and learning note-reading, rhythm, and harmony-chord analysis. 

Student portrait
Lily
6th Grade
10:00 AM
Two students using camera in front of a green screen

Videography

"With the skills they are learning and the technologies in their pockets and at their fingertips, they become more confident and willing to take risks." - Digital Film Teacher

Student portrait
Dylan
8th Grade
11:00 AM
Student wearing safety goggles using an electric saw

Architecture Workshop

Whether building a birdhouse or a rocking chair, students learn drafting, measurement, basic mathematics, and the manipulation of a variety of unconventional materials, tools, and methods.

Student portrait
Sarah
6th Grade
1:00 PM
Teacher at board explaining the concept of drag on a car Click to play the video

Design Lab

Design Lab promotes problem-solving strategies, creative thinking, collaboration, and expression using various sculptural materials and woodworking skills.

Student photo
Noah
6th Grade
2:30 PM
Two students standing over car robot they built

Robotics and Engineering

“The kids are moving around the room,  engaging with the group around the concepts we are learning, and through all this, they are developing visual thinking and spatial reasoning that are critical to understand basic and higher level math.” - Robotics and Engineering Teacher

Student portrait
Garrett
7th Grade
Word Play, Intermediate
Amy Young

Amy Young

Faculty
Intermediate Teaching Artist -Writing

Imaginations are soaring in Intermediate’s Authors and Illustrators class.

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Middle School Leadership

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Melissa Wood

Melissa Wood

  • Head of Middle School
Angela Steele

Angela Steele

  • Associate Head of Middle School
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Prospective Students and Families

Roberta Alvarez

Roberta Alvarez

  • Admissions
  • Administrative Assistant