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Middle School (Grades 7 & 8)

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The Middle School program for students in Grades 7 and 8 (ages 12 to 14) is designed to guide students through the challenging transition from childhood to adulthood. Students are surrounded by like-minded, driven individuals and are supported and encouraged by their peers. Supportive faculty actively encourage students to develop positive learning skills and study habits. Middle School students receive the individualized attention and support they need to achieve academic success.

Middle School Curriculum

Albert College offers a strong academic program that exceeds the standards set by the Ontario curriculum and is delivered by passionate teachers with specialist qualifications and advanced degrees.

Courses:

  • English / English as a Second Language
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • Healthy Active Living
  • French
  • Instrumental Music
  • Visual Arts

Learning Skills

Throughout the academic year, students receive feedback on six specific learning skills, and these reports are reviewed with the student’s parents and advisor to allow for reflection and the opportunity to improve. Strategies are then developed to help the individual achieve their potential. The Middle School firmly believes in the correlation between strong learning skills and academic success. Much time is dedicated to developing these skills in order to best prepare students for their future academics. 

  • Responsibility
  • Organization
  • Independent Work
  • Collaboration
  • Initiative
  • Self-Regulation  

The Middle School Classrooms

The Middle School classrooms allow students to have vibrant discussions and focus on their learning together. This collaborative space is a dynamic learning environment with endless possibilities to engage students and develop their learning skills. In this environment, learning becomes student-centred.

Students may use traditional or stand-up desks, which offer more movement in the classroom. Flexible seating arrangements encourage quiet, self-directed learning as well as group discussions. Having a SMART Board® on wheels gives us flexibility to have two boards in use at the same time. Students who are visual learners may use the larger whiteboard surfaces to brainstorm ideas or to explore solutions to math equations.

Curriculum-based Field Trips

Middle School students enjoy curriculum-based field trips including, Fort Henry in Kingston; a French immersion ski trip; Ontario Science Centre; Royal Ontario Museum; tree-top trekking; and year-end trips to either Ottawa or Quebec and Montreal. All trips are included in the tuition fee.

A Day in the Life of a Middle Schooler

7:45 a.m.

Breakfast

8:30 a.m.

Morning Announcements

8:40 a.m.

Period 1

10:25 a.m.

Break

10:40 a.m.

Period 2

11:30 a.m.

Lunch

11:55 a.m.

Activities/athletics

12:45 p.m.

Advisor meeting or Arts period

1:30 p.m.

Period 3

2:30 p.m.

Period 4

3:45 p.m.

After-school activities/athletics

Boarding Students

5:45 p.m.

Dinner

7:00 p.m.

Study hall

9:00 p.m.

Boarding activities and free time

10:30 p.m.

Lights out

 

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Lunch Program

No more making lunches! A nutritious, balanced meal is served three times per day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Snacks are also provided.

A Parent's Perspective

“The Middle School and its faculty are the perfect transition in our children’s academic journey. They develop confidence and independence, and they do so with the necessary nudges that foster the resiliency they need moving into the future. We are confident that the Middle School, and Albert in general, provides the diversity of education, experiences, and opportunities that will help to shape our kids into the incredible people they will become.”

- Lia Grosso, current parent