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 Advisors - Amelia Barnes, Jalynn Skier, Jessica Barry, Ben Ur
Grade 8 Advisors - Travis MacIsaac
Middle School students may arrive at the Oxford campus at 8:00am each day. From 8:00am to 8:20am the students are supervised outdoors, so being dressed for the weather is important. At 8:20am, students enter the building and the day begins with homeroom and/or assembly depending on the day. The academic day consists of four 80-minute periods, with morning and afternoon recess breaks, and a 55 minute lunch period. At the end of the academic day (3:15pm), the co-curricular programme begins (3:30pm-4:30pm). At that point, students head to clubs and activities, followed by sports practices at nearby soccer fields or in the (AARC - Arts and Athletics Recreation Complex).
*SCHEDULE for Thursdays
Every Thursday, a Full School Assembly & Advisory Period replace Period 2.