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 '17The 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 Director, Assistant Dean Cheryl MacPherson, 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, study, organize, 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 Cheryl MacPherson 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