EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

Middle School (6-8)

Middle School

The Middle School nurtures individuality in its students and fosters responsibility, service to the community, and collaboration. Emphasis is placed on development of critical thinking, creativity, and intellectual curiosity. Students continue developing self-confidence and working to express kindness and empathy towards others, building on the skills Sant Bani School begins teaching its students at an early age.

Middle School students return to the Middle Building, where their classrooms are closest to our youngest students; it is not uncommon to see a Middle School student mentoring a K-2 student.  Students begin working with faculty advisors, and preparation for the transition to High School begins with eighth graders participating in a full-year “Transition to High School” program.

Teachers consistently facilitate fun, active learning. Understanding that our students are going through an intense, energetic developmental period, we embrace and nurture their growth. Because of our small size and the opportunity to work with students in a variety of environments outside of the classroom (including the natural world around us), we know the individuals we teach; therefore, we can more effectively craft lessons that meet their diverse needs.

Transition to High School

During their eighth grade year, all Sant Bani School students participate in the School’s “Transition to High School” program.  Transition to High School helps students identify personal strengths and weaknesses, set goals, practice test-taking skills, role-play interview scenarios, write a strong application, and make choices based on reasonable outcomes.

Students from Sant Bani School matriculate to hometown public schools, local private secondary schools, and private boarding schools. Our aim is to help students find a school that will provide them with challenges and opportunities to reach their personal goals, using the year-long “Taking Flight” program (see below) to guide them in navigating their options.

Our Taking Flight transition program is three-fold:

 

Trimester One focuses on exploring school options and encouraging visitations. Students build leadership and collaboration skills by serving as members of the student government, creating and implementing an in-school service project, supervising daily Middle School cleaning jobs and facilitating our All-School weekly sharing. Class time is spent developing strategies, refining techniques and reinforcing content areas for test taking; we administer the PSAT 8/9 to all eighth graders. This is a good experience for students and should benefit them in the future, as this test is similar to the new SAT test often taken when applying to colleges. Information is provided on registering for SSAT tests as part of independent school applications.

 

Sant Bani invites representatives from independent secondary schools and local public schools to SBS in the fall. This is an opportunity for eighth grade students to hear about a wide range of educational opportunities and ask questions the application process, the visit, the interview, financial aid, athletics, etc.

 

Trimester Two work centers on writing applications, crafting a written self-portrait, soliciting references and creating a digital portfolio. Taking advantage of essay review, incorporating feedback and participating in mock interviews is encouraged. SBS prepares a folder to send to each school to which a student is applying with transcripts, testing, school information, course descriptions and recommendations.

 

Trimester Three emphasizes eighth graders designing and executing a Middle School service project to benefit the local community. Students act as team leaders creating a budget, planning a timeline and facilitating completion of the project. They also plan aspects of their class trip and graduation, which is a community celebration on the last day of school.

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