"The things that make me different are the things that make me." – A. A. Milne
The Barnesville Middle School is comprised of fifth through eighth grades. Our mission is to take students from the supportive, yet challenging, environment of the Lower School and help them gain greater independence in their academic and overall school life as they prepare for the challenge of high school. Each student is recognized as an individual and is encouraged to realize his or her potential. Here they begin to make choices, take on more responsibilities, and learn to advocate for themselves in a supportive environment that encourages intellectual risk-taking.
The Middle School provides a challenging, integrative, and exploratory curriculum with varied teaching and learning approaches. Teachers provide students a balance of nurturing, support, and direction to enable them to cope with the complex emotional, physical, social, and academic changes specific to their developmental needs. Critical thinking, research, organizational skills, writing, and speaking are taught across disciplines. The courses in language arts, social studies, science, math, technology, Spanish, physical education, art, and music are carefully designed to promote a challenging, yet developmentally appropriate academic curriculum. Students are also given opportunities to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities such as the Middle School Chorus, weekly clubs, drama, and interscholastic sports. In addition, community service and service learning projects enable students to gain a broader understanding of local, national, and international communities.