Middle School Overview
Bradford Prep’s Middle School serves as a bridge between the lower and upper school years. Middle school is a unique time when young adolescents experience rapid growth and change, both physically and intellectually, and must be guided and supported in special ways. We provide a safe and caring environment for these transformations, while holding our students to high academic standards. We also emphasize moral and ethical development. Our goal is to teach our students how to make responsible choices and to be of service to others. Our middle school teachers seek to encourage students to discover their individual interests, abilities and values. We have active classrooms where students work individually, in pairs and in small groups.
The goal for our middle schoolers is to develop critical and creative thinking skills, as well as solve problems and make decisions, cultivate interpersonal skills and communicate effectively, refine study and research skills, and become proficient users of technology.
Language arts, social studies, science, math, and foreign language form the core of our academic program where students are engaged in hands-on, exploratory learning. Physical education, visual and performing arts, and technology are integral to the program, providing additional opportunities for students to pursue their passions and fully develop their talents.
Grades 5 & 6
Our 5th and 6th grade students go on a Fall Retreat at the beginning of the school year. This is an overnight trip that allows teambuilding experience and a time to form friendships and get to know teachers and staff outside of the classroom. There are also Spring overnight field trips that tie directly into our curriculum, as well as other educational day and onsite field trips.
Teachers follow the Core Knowledge Sequence as well as the North Carolina Common Core State Standard and Essential Standards for ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies. An accelerated track for ELA and Math is offered to those students who are performing above grade level and need advanced coursework. Our 5th and 6th grade students are exposed to both Spanish and Latin.
For electives, students are offered a combination of art and another special area such as band, orchestra, technology, and character education. These electives are offered in a combination and take place every other day.
Grades 7 & 8
Our 7th and 8th grade students participate in a day field trip at the beginning of the year which allows teambuilding experiences, the time to form friendships, and get to know other students, teachers, and staff in a different setting. There are also overnight Spring field trips that provide a unique educational experience.
Teachers design their own curriculum based on the Core Knowledge Sequence and North Carolina Common Core State Standards and Essential Standards for ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Students take Spanish in both 7th and 8th grade. An accelerated track for ELA and Math is offered to those students in 7th grade who are performing above grade level and advanced coursework. In 8th grade, the accelerated track is different in that students, who meet certain criteria, can take select high school courses and earn credit toward the graduation requirement. The grades, however, are not factored into the student’s GPA.
For electives, students are offered Band, Orchestra, or Art five days a week. We also offer an Art & Technology combination in which students take Art the first semester and Technology the second semester and vice versa.