Middle School

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Catlin Gabel Middle School is a lively and caring environment, where inspired learning and teaching take place both inside and outside of the classroom. Students demonstrate their content knowledge, understanding of their learning processes, and curiosity about the world and how it works.

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As in all divisions at Catlin Gabel, the Middle School is based on the whole child approach to learning. We equip student with the skills, dispositions, and competencies to successfully navigate the world, make values-based decisions, and live a healthy life.

To facilitate the whole child approach, educators in the Middle School strive to know every student.  They build strong relationships with them, understanding each student’s strengths and areas for growth.  This enables the adults to help students continue to grow and develop, preparing them for the future.

We believe that each student is an individual, on their journey of finding out who they are, how they learn, and what they are passionate about.  We guide them through this, providing them with opportunities to stretch themselves and increase their sense of self.  This is a time when students are figuring out who they are as individuals and in community, and experimenting with the idea of their identity. We encourage them to explore these ideas, appreciate differences, and develop healthy relationships.

Middle School teachers at Catlin Gabel are experts in their subject area, and skilled at collaborating with colleagues to provide cross-disciplinary learning experiences. A broad curriculum ensures that students engage in a variety of courses that deepen their understanding, expand their perspective, and inspire them to think critically and creatively.  And most importantly they connect deeply with their students, caring for them and utilizing the whole child approach.

- Ted Chen, Head of Middle School