Crefeld's Middle School is a diverse program which addresses the academic, social, and emotional development of each student. It extends seamlessly into the Upper School program, and it creates continuity and support for younger students who benefit from Crefeld’s approach to education.
A core grade level team of three teachers oversees the Middle School. This team consults weekly, or more often, on the whole spectrum of Middle School concerns and the specific strengths and weaknesses of each student. These teachers create yearly alternating themes and interdisciplinary units for their English, history and science curricula. The 7th and 8th grade students are combined into three sections for instruction in most disciplines. Math, physical education, and the arts are grouped differently. Every student is scheduled into four extended learning periods per week. During X-Block, which occupies one class period in the middle of each week, Middle School students and their teachers gather in one classroom for their Weekly Meeting, where they address various topics that may have arisen during the past week within the Middle School, as well as cover some very important life skills that don’t necessarily fit into the regular course curriculum.
Middle School teachers work diligently to introduce each student to the culture of the school. Each child must feel welcomed, emotionally safe, and appreciated. Teachers guide the students in creating portfolios of their work. Students also have opportunities to connect with their peers and teachers through advisories, community service, activity periods.