Hawken Middle School is committed to serving the distinctive developmental needs of this age group. As students move through grades six through eight, they undergo physiological, social, cognitive and emotional changes, often entering as concrete thinkers and exiting with a far greater capacity for abstract and higher-order thinking. Our programs and curriculum nurture those changes, celebrating students as both individuals and valued community members. We attend closely to the development of character and intellect in each of our students, keeping their distinctive needs at the forefront of our collective decision making.
Acknowledging that the stages of emotional development and cognitive readiness vary among our students, we are committed to developing curricula that meets these needs at the individual readiness level. Every member of the learning community is held to high expectations. The Middle School is closely organized in grade level teams, crafting experienced and holistic support at each grade level. Students explore topics in a practical way using the skills and knowledge they encounter to solve real world problems.
Aligned with these goals, the curriculum of every grade-level ties into an “essential question” that provides a greater level of depth and meaning to what students learn. These essential questions lead the students through experiences that ask them to relate what they learn to their own values, the values of those around them:
- 6th Grade: How do my words and actions reveal my character?
- 7th Grade: How can I work to understand the perspectives of others?
- 8th Grade: How can I make a diference in the global community?
Central to the foundation upon which our curricula are built is a safe and caring learning environment where students are encouraged to take risks and explore new interests.