“Middle School is a unique time in a student’s life,” according to Lauren Hollier, Dean of Academics
. “Instead of making it a general fit for everyone, we make it a specific and individualized fit for everyone.” A specific fit. Not a general fit. At GAC, we have the resources, the time, and the programs to create a specific fit for each student. We have the right team, too. Teachers, administrators, support staff all work together to customize each student’s experience. And during the middle school years, that can make a significant impact on students who are growing rapidly in many ways.
Middle school students need a solid foundation for all that is to come. In addition to the breadth and depth of our curriculum, we train students to tackle “life skills” and work with them to strengthen their executive function: cultivating good study habits, thinking and planning ahead, and developing the resourcefulness and grit necessary to get the work done. They learn to go the extra mile and try something new.
We strive to make middle school a great experience that students will look back on fondly, not a time to be endured. Although they are eager for independence, this age group often needs extra support and TLC to navigate this time in their lives. We strive for all of this…and more. It is our desire for each child to have a well-rounded experience, attempting new things and growing in many ways: three years that are both productive and joyful. Students thrive in GAC’s middle school environment.
“It’s important to let parents know that in the middle years, we’ve got this!”—Lauren Hollier