Middle School: Gr. 6-8

Middle School at St. Andrew's is a time for self-discovery, accepting increasing independence and responsibility, and developing positive peer relationships.

In the Middle School at St. Andrew’s, we build a community where students are encouraged to take intellectual risks, celebrate successes, and work together to overcome challenges. We create a safe and respectful environment for embracing the diversity of our emerging selves and those emerging around us.

Our innovative Advisory Program, which includes single-gender advisory groups, nurtures empathy and inclusion and culminates in the Positive Leadership Initiative. Through the PLI, grade 8 students work with a service organization in Washington, D.C., choose a service theme, and design and implement community projects. In connection with their study of world leaders in History 8 and the brave protagonist in English 8, students are asked to become leaders and heroes in our community. They present their projects and experiences of leadership through service to the entire Middle School in the spring.
    • Aaron Hill, Head of Middle School

Students in the Middle School

  • Learn about their strengths and challenges in an academic program that is rigorous and multifaceted.
  • Are appropriately challenged in core academic subjects while teachers aim to spark joy in the learning process.
  • Experience teaching and learning methods that reflect 21st-century research: design projects, hands-on activities, field trips, real world problem solving.
  • Learn the skills necessary to be independent thinkers and self-motivated learners.
  • Enjoy visual and performing art opportunities.
  • Participate on Middle School athletic teams.

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  • 3

    Days exploring the Chesapeake Bay on the annual grade 6 trip
  • 11:1

    ratio of students to advisors in Middle School
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    design iterations each by 7th graders in the artificial limb project

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  • 20

    hours of community service performed by each eighth grader
  • 50+

    presentations on 75 world leaders in the grade 8 World History research project
  • 25

    middle school clubs, including cosplay club, math club, and spirit club

Lorraine Martinez Hanley, Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

“The St. Andrew’s community goes beyond the brick and mortar campus when providing students, families, and staff a feeling of belonging. By hearing, seeing, and affirming each member of our community, we are each allowed to be and embrace our true selves.”

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St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a private, coeducational college preparatory day school for students in preschool (Age 2) through grade 12, located in Potomac, Maryland.