Middle School

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I remember being incredibly anxious to start school on the mountain after having been in Winchester all of my life, but during my years at SAS the people here have become like a second family to me and the campus like a second home. ~ Katherine Arnold '13, University of Tennessee at Knoxville '17
The St. Andrew's-Sewanee Middle School serves 80 students in grades 6-8 providing a dynamic, hands-on education in a close and caring community. The Middle School curriculum seeks to capitalize on the energy, curiosity, sociability, and love of learning of students in this age range.

The Reishman-Chamberlain Middle School wing offers a discrete space for Middle School students within the school's larger academic complex. In addition to classes in the Middle School wing, students enjoy the facilities of the entire school, including Agee Library, Wade Hall for the Sciences, and McCrory Hall for the Performing Arts. Middle School students join with the entire school for all-school chapel gatherings and House Cup competitions but are provided with separate social opportunities (Middle School Fall Festival and End-of-the Year Party) and advisory groups. The Middle School's Director, Marion Knoll, is a full member of the school's Administrative Team, helping to set and enforce policies that benefit all students.

Our dedicated and experienced teachers focus on the special concerns of 6th, 7th and 8th graders, providing a supportive environment especially designed to foster the academic, social, and personal growth of the middle school student. Teachers encourage and help to develop each child's unique abilities and interests.

While our Middle School maintains a distinct identity, it remains very much a part of our entire school community, smoothing the way, intellectually and socially, into the Upper School's rigorous college preparatory classes. As our teachers convey the importance of effective communication, problem solving, and hands-on learning, their emphasis is on teaching students to think, evaluate, and express themselves effectively. In middle school, students form the habits and skills that will provide a strong foundation for all that follows.

Extra Support for Middle School Parents

We know that the transition from elementary school to middle school can be almost as tough on parents as it is on kids. That's why Director of Middle School Marion Knoll and the Middle School teachers make themselves extra available to parents as they negotiate how to give their children both more responsibility and more freedom. Throughout the year, parents receive personalized comments on their child's progress, phone calls and correspondence from their child's advisor, and invitations to campus for social gatherings, information sessions, presentations and performances, and volunteer opportunities.

I can not say enough wonderful things about the 6th grade campout. I appreciate your dedication to these students and willingness to give up three days to spend with our children around the clock so they can bond, experience the beauty of Sewanee, appreciate their surroundings/nature, explore being both independent and working together, sharing responsibilities to benefit the whole group. ~ Amy Donald, parent

Marion Knoll, Director of Middle School


"In the Middle School we emphasize the student as worker. Each student is an artist and a scientist, a singer and a reader, an athlete, a performer, and a writer. The difference is slight but significant. Students are pushed to engage and actively participate in all their classes, learning by doing along the way." ~ Marion Knoll, Director of Middle School

Marion Knoll began her tenure at SAS in 2000. She is a graduate of the University of the South and holds a Master's in Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She designed and has maintained the school's ongoing Wetlands Monitoring Project which resulted, in 2006, in a grant from the Northrop Grumman Foundation and has led to published research for both Knoll and her students.

Being a scientist, not just a science teacher, is important to Mrs. Knoll. She has been involved in water quality investigations on St. Catherine's Island, Ga. under grants from the American Museum of Natural History and the Edward J. Noble Foundation. During a three-month sabbatical, funded in part by the SAS Parents' Council, Mrs. Knoll investigated the cultural landscape, geology, and natural history of Baden-Wurtemburg, Germany, an experience that dramatically changed the way she teaches her Field Geology course. For several years, Mrs. Knoll has led a Winterim course that conducts salvage excavations of prehistoric artifacts, research that has attracted the attention of University of Tennessee researchers.

Mrs. Knoll has coached soccer and track at SAS, taught middle school science and geology, and served on the residential faculty. In 2005, her joint work with Christi Teasley and their students resulted in St. Andrew's-Sewanee School being recognized as a "Peace Partner" by the Peace Corps. She is a self-taught German speaker. She and her husband Martin Knoll have three children and live in Sewanee.

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