“Seventh grade at SMCDS means you are really taking flight. You are figuring out who you are, and beginning to think about who you want to be. The close-knit teacher and student friendships are so helpful to that. To helping us grow-up and figure out who we want to be.”  SMCDS alumnae  Class of 2011.

Riegel_140930_1427Seventh grade at SMCDS means that the students move their lockers and their classes, literally, to the upper level of the middle school. In many ways, it is a figurative move as well.  In an increasingly demanding, yet supportive and understanding climate, teachers strive to instill a joy of learning into each student, as well as a more robust instinct for self-initiative and self-reliance. The quest for excellence is a staple of every course.  Collaborative work and independent performance remain constants while students learn to reason with greater abstraction and in greater depth.

French and Spanish classes move to the second stage. Preparation for beginning algebra commences with a challenging and comprehensive pre-algebra course. Students are introduced to the Stock Market Game during the second semester as part of the course, as applied mathematics combines with language arts in an essay contest.  U.S. history takes them to the early 20th Century and the First World War.

St. Michael's Country Day School, Newport, RIScience consists of a thorough life science exploration while English classes require critical thinking, expository writing, and meaningful classroom discussion. Arts offerings are expanded to include computer graphics, acting workshop, and stagecraft along with the opportunity to continue choral or studio art pursuits. After school sports continue with soccer, basketball, lacrosse, and tennis.

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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