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Hillbrook Middle School 

an integrated, cross-disciplinary approach designed to establish and enhance pathways to success

The middle school experience

Building on the extraordinary foundation provided in our JK - 4 program, our Middle School program is designed to challenge and encourage curious learners, confident collaborators, and passionate peers. The Hillbrook Middle School experience creates a pathway from our exceptional JK-4 program , building upon a strong academic and social-emotional skill set that prepares students for high school.

Our programming offers a whole-child, real-world learning approach that incorporates rigorous academics seamlessly with DEI+JA, social-emotional learning, and unique Reach Beyond Block where students explore what matters to them and what they can do it about.

In Middle School, we have high expectations for our students - to live by Hillbrook values and discover their personal best.

 Journey

Hillbrook's Middle School program is a  bridge into high school and beyond - with engagement and identity at the center of the learning experience, students find a voice and sense of belonging. Our curriculum is challenging, hands-on, and flexible, keeping minds and bodies active and engaged while broadening students' understanding of the world, their communities, and themselves.

Vision

At Hillbrook, we recognize that students need to be equipped with skills in communications, critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity to adapt to any challenges that they face. With a curriculum that balances academic rigor with social-emotional learning, Hillbrook students build the skills they'll need for a future we cannot yet imagine. 

Community

Hillbrook’s mission and vision serve as the foundation of our Middle School program. From 5th through 8th grade, from classroom to capstone project, all students learn and live out our Core Values - be kind, be curious, take risks, be your best - as they strive to reach their highest potential in school and in life as engaged learners and empathetic, self-aware community members.

 

Signature Programs

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A Day in the Life

The Middle School Schedule

5th-8th Grade Students: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

The Middle School schedule incorporates time for skill-building as well as transdisciplinary, collaborative learning and endless opportunities for student choice and engagement. English, Science, Math, History, World Language, Physical Education, and Visual and Performing Arts meet with equal frequency, as students build skills and establish fluency in each of these disciplines. Integrated learning blocks, such as our weekly Reach Beyond Block and other project times, are co-taught by faculty across disciplines and offer students extended time for inquiry, labs, debates, making and more (good conversations can get the attention they deserve!). Students have opportunities across Middle School to tailor their learning – through club times, 7th and 8th Grade quarter-long Electives, Athletics and afterschool opportunities, and during Reach Beyond experiences, allowing students to explore diverse offerings as well as pursue areas of curiosity or passion.

Students use lunch times to pursue club and leadership opportunities, get help from teachers, and spend time with friends. Through specially designed programs - our weekly Reach Beyond Block, annual Reach Beyond Week, and the 8th grade capstone Social Impact Project - our students have regular opportunities to partner with, explore, and problem-solve with the community beyond campus. After school, our students can attend enrichment classes or play team sports, including basketball, cross-country, volleyball, flag football, and more.

 

8th graders compete in an end-of-the-year Regatta. After teaming up and building their vessels in the Hub out of cardboard and duct tape, each team races across our campus pool in hopes of victory - or at least staying afloat!

Hear From Members of our Middle School Faculty

 

By the Numbers

18

Average Class Size

1:7

Teacher to Student Ratio

1:1

iPad to Student Program

14

Acres on campus