To help students develop the interpersonal and social skills required in high school (and life!), team-building and friend-making are built into the Middle School schedule. The fun begins in the fall with an overnight orientation trip and continues at school with team-building assemblies and socials held throughout the year, capped off with our annual field day.
Come see for yourself
If you have questions about our programs—or if you would like to schedule a day for your child to come visit our classes—please contact Director of Middle School Admission, Allison Marsland.
During the first week of school, the entire Middle School travels to a 1,400-acre outdoor center in the Berkshires, where students work together playing games, solving group challenges, and having fun. In the process they come to see their peers and their teachers as multidimensional people, find new friends, and bond as a school community.
Throughout the year, students and faculty gather as a group each week to discuss school issues and upcoming events—and have a few snacks together, too! Every few weeks, we have special guests who present on important Middle School topics, such as personal development and online safety.
The school year concludes with a day of spirited competition between advisory groups, which includes sack races, balloon toss, tug-of-war, and more. Win or lose, we are all Wildcats.
Birch Dining Commons
For lunch each day, Middle Schoolers gather in their own room in Williston’s sun-filled dining hall, which looks out over the school pond. The kid-friendly menu appeals to all tastes—vegetarian or carnivore, adventurous or traditional.
Middle School advisory groups help plan our socials each trimester. Events range from Lip Synch Contests in Whitaker-Bement to Games and Dodge Ball in the Athletic Center. Students don’t have to attend, but almost all do because they are just plain fun. At the end of eighth grade, students have a special semi-formal event with a fancy dinner, dancing, music, and a dress-up photo booth.