Capital Day School’s middle school offers a challenging academic atmosphere that stimulates intellectual curiosity and encourages excellence. In a variety of learning settings, an exceptional faculty is committed to helping students reach their potential by encouraging them to develop critical thinking skills and form habits that prepare them to meet the demands of a college preparatory high school curriculum.
The middle school curriculum is designed and developed by each department using national standards, best practices, and the experience and depth of knowledge of individual teachers to keep the curriculum rigorous. Our low student-teacher ratio enables us to understand the nuances of individual learning styles and to accommodate for them in ways that will lead to the greatest possible success. Ongoing efforts are made to integrate curriculum through close communication among the teachers.
Small classes offered daily include: English grammar and composition, reading, mathematics, science, and social studies. Fifth graders have enrichment classes in art, technology, drama, Spanish, music, and physical education. The sixth, seventh, and eighth graders take Spanish four days a week, physical education as a year-long enrichment class, and they rotate among technology, health and wellness, engineering lab, and geography skills each nine weeks. They choose courses from electives such as drawing, painting, sculpture, piano/theory, guitar/song writing, drama, creative writing, and fitness.
An active student council develops leadership skills and organizes activities to provide opportunities for social development and community service. Also, students participate in a variety of enrichment activities, after-school academic competition, and sports. They attend theater productions, musical performances, and art exhibits. All Capital Day students enjoy recess twice daily.
Students are supported by faculty members, who are available to provide extra help and encouragement, and who serve as advocates for the fifth through eighth grade students. While many elements contribute to the success of the middle school experience, the positive relationship that teachers cultivate with the students is of central importance.
Middle School student progress reports are sent at mid-term and at the end of each quarter.