The Long Trail School middle school program is the foundation of the LTS curriculum. Our Middle School is anchored by our Core Values of Integrity, Kindness of Spirit, Openness, Social Responsibility, and Stewardship. However, we have also developed a philosophy and special program that address the specific needs of the Middle School student. In addition to core classes, our philosophy exposes Middle School students to myriad experiences in drama, physical education, music, visual arts, media literacy, and computer science as they explore the many opportunities that lie ahead. Academic, social, and emotional development are hallmarks of the Middle School experience. Our Middle School Perspectives program meets in small groups to help students become confident, self-reliant learners and problem solvers. Every child is also assigned to an advisory group that provides guidance and opportunities for both academic and personal growth. In addition, grade level advisors work with each grade on Service Learning projects and other activities.
The Middle School offers many learning experiences that have been designed for our students as they journey through early adolescence. We feel strongly that teaching how to think rather than what to think is key to learning and development. The Middle School promotes more student-directed learning in a natural progression as students move from grade to grade. Skill-building and creating strong academic habits at the Middle School level are crucial to future academic success.