Middle School (Grade 7 and 8)

Middle School Curriculum

We recognize that early adolescents between the ages of 10 and 14 require special educational practices that meet their unique developmental needs. The Middle School focuses on all aspects of the student (not just academic) and has an advisory program, facilitated by teachers who are also in the role of Advisors. The curriculum will include an exploratory program and will have programs to develop the health and wellness of young adolescents. A variety of active learning instructional methodologies appropriate for the age group will be utilized.

We believe there should be four essential attributes for successful schools for young adolescents:

  • Developmentally Responsive - using the nature of young adolescents as the foundation on which all decisions are made.
  • Challenging - recognizing that every student can learn and that everyone is held to high expectations.
  • Empowering - providing all students with the knowledge and skills they need to take control of their lives.
  • Equitable - advocating for every student’s right to learn and providing challenging and relevant learning opportunities.

Our Middle School curriculum supports students to develop the strong foundation in literacy, numeracy, and learning skills they will need for Upper School while meeting and exceeding the Nova Scotia Department of Education curriculum for Grades 7 - 9. Educating the whole child is a priority at this age, therefore students are challenged to experience all aspects of education such as Art, Music, the Speaking Arts, Service Learning to name a few. The co-curricular and athletics programs give students even more opportunities to experience new activities and leadership opportunities.

Middle School Director

Stephanie is an energetic, passionate educator committed to fulfilling the needs of students. In her 15 years at Armbrae, Stephanie has gained the reputation as an engaged community member, endeavoring to participate in all aspects of school life: classroom teacher, coach, student council liaison, Board Faculty Representative, administrative team lead, CAIS internal report coordinator and in 2019 was appointed Middle School Director.

As a relational leader, she recognizes the importance of building caring, trusting relationships with all stakeholders to create a positive school culture. Education is more than a vocation for Stephanie, it’s a passion. Over the past 20 years Stephanie has been fortunate to teach Middle and Upper School Math, Science and Physics in both public and independent schools in Canada, England and Hungary.

Middle School Advisors

Grade 7: Ellen Jamieson, Stephanie Sajatovich & Ben Ur

Grade 8: Dani Gardner, Olivia Hodder & Matt Howard


On a typical day in Middle School, students begin arriving at the Oxford campus at 8:00am and before the academic day begins they spend their time outdoors playing basketball of four-square, chatting with friends or perhaps meeting with one of their teachers. At 8:25am, students enter the building and spend 15 minutes in Homeroom are at their desks preparing for their day their first class. The academic day consists of five 60-minute periods, with a 15-minute recess between the first and second class, a 4560-minute lunch break after third period and another 15-minute recess break between fourth and fifth. On breaks, students are outside spending time with friends and playing games such as basketball or four-square and basketball. At the end of the day, students head to clubs and activities, followed by sports practices at nearby soccer fields or in the AARC.

Middle School Schedule

Mondays,Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

Features Include: 5 x 60 min periods | 60 min lunch

7:30am - 8:00am BeforeCare (P-6 Students)
8:00am - 8:25am Arrival at Oxford Playground
8:25am - 8:40am Daily Homeroom
8:40am - 9:40am PERIOD 1
9:40am - 9:55am Recess
9:55am - 10:55am PERIOD 2
10:55am - 11:00am Travel/Movement Break
11:00am - 12:00pm PERIOD 3
12:00pm - 12:30pm Outside
12:30pm - 1:00pm Lunch (Coburg)
1:00pm - 2:00pm PERIOD 4
2:00pm - 2:15pm Recess
2:15pm - 3:15pm PERIOD 5
3:30pm - 4:30pm Co-Curricular Activities
4:30pm - 5:45pm AfterCare

*SCHEDULE for Thursdays

Features Include: 5 x 50 min periods | 60 min lunch | Full School Assembly | Advisory Period

Download 2021-2022 Bell Schedule

To learn more about Armbrae Academy please Email Suzanne Morrison or call directly 902-830-1418