Students in grade five through eight begin moving into increasingly high level content directed by specialists in math, English, science, social studies, and foreign language. Class size typically ranges from 12 to 15 students with frequent smaller study groups of six to ten students. Faculty in each field of study design core academic explorations accented by high interest, high content projects. Weekly faculty discussions about student progress ensure that our focus is on developing leadership and confidence skills for each student in the middle school program. This critical focus of the faculty on each individual student’s needs and progress is at the core of developing confident, take charge learners.
Our program is not intended to be just individualized but one in which our children gain the confidence to show leadership within the greater community. Students are provided leadership opportunities in a wide range of fields including academics, drama/theater, music, art, technology, student council, service and outreach programs, and an in exciting range of elective studies (see below). We view our job as educators to encourage these young students to explore a wide range of skills and to begin gaining confidence in the skills they can bring to the community at large. Our eighth grade graduates are highly sought after by local public and independent schools. Our faculty work hard to graduate confident, take charge learners.

COVID 19 update — our campus is closed but #SMSstaysconnected!

At this time, there are no known cases of COVID 19 in our SMS community. As Head of School Jim Heus wrote in a letter home to parents:

“In keeping with our nation’s efforts to maintain social distancing, and consistent with Governor Raimondo’s two-week suspension of public schools throughout the state, we will launch our plan for distance learning. We have planned, rehearsed and are ready to execute ‘virtual’ instruction on Monday, March 30th.”

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