The Crossroads Experience

Middle School

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The Middle School experience is defined by a harmonious balance of guidance and exploration. Our students receive tailored instruction that channels their curiosity into unfamiliar curricular terrain and helps them make informed choices about their own educational pursuits.

Building Bonds

Surrounded by adults who understand and value this crucial developmental stage, our students enter meaningful conversations with teachers, coaches, deans and administrators. Our faculty members are mentors who create an environment for students to work collaboratively while fostering strong relationships.

Challenges and Choices

The Middle School is characterized by exposure to new ideas and the freedom to explore developing interests. Self-advocacy and self-expression flourish as over 80 Options classes and rotations in P.E. and the arts introduce new subject matter and inspire students to make educated decisions about their academic and extracurricular pursuits.

Academic Adventure

Our students joyfully tackle new material while sharpening their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. As they begin appreciating uncertainty, they also start seeking out intellectual complexities on their own by asking thoughtful questions and making connections across disciplines.

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Curriculum
To learn more about our Middle School curriculum, click on any of the subject headers below.

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  • The Arts

    Professional artists and arts educators establish collaborative, supportive learning environments to cultivate imagination, craftsmanship, patience and self-esteem. Growth mindset and creative risk-taking are enthusiastically nurtured. Every student spends nearly four hours weekly in required arts courses and may choose to enroll in more. The after-school theater troupe, Middle School Players, our dance company and most of the bands and music ensembles are open to all three grade levels.
  • Athletics

    Student-athletes participate in a wide variety of after-school sports programs while maintaining a high level of competition. Crossroads fields over 25 teams in 13 sports and is a proud member of the Pacific Basin and Delphic Leagues. Our comprehensive program is led by seasoned coaches who teach fundamental skills, strength and conditioning in addition to sport-specific strategy. The Athletic Department strives to create an environment where students can develop their athletic talents; learn new skills; display good sportsmanship; become better cooperative learners; and most importantly, have fun.
  • Core

    The unique Middle School Core program integrates various humanities subjects into one class that allows students to explore complex issues in great depth. The course takes an interdisciplinary approach: Students dig deeply into the curriculum, examining how the history we learn connects to our world today. Each grade level has a different area of study as part of a unified curriculum that focuses on developing critical skills in reading comprehension, literary analysis, history, geography and writing.
  • Environmental and Outdoor Education

    During a special week each year, regular classes are suspended, replaced by a week of camping and outdoor activities. These adventures are designed to focus on three core areas: human development, environmental science and technical outdoor skills. While students develop character and confidence through fun and challenging activities, they also connect with the science curriculum through lessons that unite what is taught in the classroom with the outdoor environment. During the school year, EOE may also offer Middle School students community service opportunities or other after-school outdoor activities.
  • Latin

    Students study Latin in seventh and eighth grades through fictional stories about historical figures from the ancient world. The seventh grade explores Roman daily life in Pompeii and Herculaneum while the eighth grade investigates ancient culture in Roman Britain and Egypt, and draws comparisons between ancient and modern lifestyles and government. Students build their vocabularies and analytical skills as they uncover the linguistic, grammatical and etymological influences of Latin on English.
  • Life Skills

    This unique, process-oriented class is designed to raise students’ self-awareness, compassion and appreciation for others. Students reflect on their lives and examine the quality of their relationships to themselves, others and the larger community. The program promotes resilience to cope more effectively with life’s challenges; cultivates self-esteem and empathy; and fosters a sense of connectedness and appreciation for different points of view. The class practices a Council style-format: Students sit in a circle, speak one at a time and listen intently. Students also participate in storytelling, informal discussions, group-building games and activities, and art projects.
  • Math

    The math program emphasizes active student participation and consistent practice of skills. Students are encouraged to communicate and collaborate as they explain their understanding, reasoning, and solutions to other students. Discovery of math concepts emerges from a problem-based, task-oriented approach. Various strategies and styles, including hands-on learning, projects, integration of technology and independent practice make our program unique. The curriculum includes arithmetic practice; linear equations and graphs; and a full year of algebra in eighth grade.
  • Physical Education

    Pre-adolescence is a time of rapid development and self-discovery: physical, mental, social and emotional. Our program is designed to advance students in all of these areas through various games, activities and discussions. Students have the opportunity to experience a variety of physical movements, varying from individual to team, and from traditional ball sports to nontraditional sports. Students can engage in everything from circus skills to gymnastics to volleyball to aquatics. Double-period blocks allow ample time for students to participate in a wide variety of games and fitness activities.
  • Science

    Students learn recurring concepts in the fields of physical, biological, and earth sciences through a spiral curriculum, mastering science process skills such as observing, inferring, hypothesizing, data collecting, graphing, analyzing and drawing conclusions. Students design controlled experiments and record their results in formal scientific writing, annually developing an iScience project based on their own inquiry. Students participate in collaborative robotics projects; study different ecosystems on EOE trips; utilize the Maker Space; and explore the campus and our community.

Options

The Middle School Options program is a daily 40-minute block for students to pursue topics of interest that are not normally included in the regular schedule of classes. Options course have included everything from Mathletes to filmmaking to Gender in the U.S.
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Administrative Team

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  • Michelle Merson

    Head of Middle School
  • David Stewart

    Assistant Head of Middle School
    Academic Dean (8th Grade)
  • Lexi Peterson

    Academic Dean (6th Grade)
  • Lindsay Mastergeorge

    Academic Dean (7th Grade)

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Student Spotlight

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  • Aneel

    Eighth-Grade Student

    “At Crossroads, it doesn’t matter how you dress or what you look like. People will treat you with respect.”