Dear Potential Applicant Parent,
The year of COVID makes it challenging to introduce our school to you. Usually you and your child visit the school which is the best way to experience it. So with the help of staff and kids and parents we want to make sure you understand exactly what to expect before you apply. It is different from the school your child attends now. I know it’s noisier!
All of our classes are heterogeneously mixed in both grade and ability. That means that all classes, regardless of age, grade, or scores in writing, social studies, science, and theater include students from 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. Together they learn the same things, although there are different expectations for each grade. As a new student, your child will be in most classes with older students.
Math, 5th Grade Literature, and Latin (beginning in 6th grade) are taught in grade level classes, but students are not tracked. We are not an accelerated program.
We don’t do test prep for standardized tests. Children will see what a test looks like before the test so they understand the procedure but we do not do test prep.
Parents communicate with their children’s teachers through an advisor. Advisors are the SOLE contact for parents when they have a question about their child’s class. Parents do not contact individual teachers. Why? Middle school is the time when children learn to be more independent, and the advisor helps them do so. An advisor serves as an advocate for the student both socially and academically throughout the year. Each advisor has 12-13 children in an advisory.
There are two mandatory TACS (Theater Arts at The Center School) shows per year. Every child performs. This is not an add on – it is an essential part of our curriculum.
Latin is mandatory from 6th through 8th grade. No other language is offered.
There is an All School Trip which is two nights away from home each year. The staff and all the children go. It is also part of the curriculum and not an elective or choice.
Our year is broken into three trimesters. Schedules change each time and can be fluid.
Classes are held in alternate spaces when necessary – like the stairs.
We have high expectations of all of our students. The work that is assigned is an essential part of the curriculum.
No school is perfect for all students. Our school works best for kids who are self motivated and can adapt to many different learning environments. If you are interested in applying, please contact your current elementary school requesting a Welcome Letter for MySchools. You may then create a MySchools account and apply to the Center School by Tuesday, February 9.
Ms. Schwartz for The Center School