Middle School (Grades 5 - 8)
At FRA, the middle school serves grades 5 - 8 and is a critical experience in the education and personal development of our students. The middle school years span a wide range of social, emotional, academic, and physical development, and we tailor the school experience to the developmentally-appropriate needs of our students. Our scheduling, class offerings, and opportunities outside of the classroom are crafted to ensure we are consistently delivering high-quality programming in a supportive learning environment for students at each grade level.
During fifth and sixth grade, students learn organizational skills, responsibility, self-advocacy, grit, and resilience, skills they continue to refine through their seventh and eighth grade experience. The culmination of these opportunities instills the confidence in our students to use and strengthen their voice to make a difference at FRA and in the world around them.Middle school teachers are dedicated to preparing students for upper school and providing support as they navigate through teenage years. Our faculty foster relationships with our students while challenging them to take ownership of their learning experience.
The middle school advisory program is designed to support our students in their personal, social, and emotional development as they navigate through these formative years. Each student in the middle school is assigned an advisor who serves as a mentor and advocate for his/her students. Students and their advisors meet daily in groups of eight to build trust and relationships in an environment that creates a culture of belonging in our middle school. Activities during advisory include goal setting, organization strategies, check-ins, group discussions, book study, and other group-building initiatives specific to each grade level.
The relationships forged through the advisory program provide our students with a feeling of community and connectedness that translates to a positive overall school experience.
FRA counselors provide support in an effort to maximize students’ achievement and also serve as an advocate for all students. The counselors work to educate and support students, parents, and faculty by teaching, conducting individual and group sessions, and utilizing community resources.
Middle school is a time of tremendous growth and transition, and Susan Akers, FRA's middle school counselor, is one of the resources available to our students. Susan serves as an advocate for each student and a liaison between home and school. She is available to meet with students one-on-one or in small groups to address social/emotional concerns and assist students in meeting their potential.
The middle school schedule is specifically tailored to our mission and is intentionally and purposefully designed to meet the cognitive, behavioral, and social needs of our students.
We begin each day as a complete school family with the pledge, brief devotional, prayer, and announcements. Many of the devotions are student-led, empowering students to share their faith with peers.
Cognitive breaks occur between every couple of classes, giving students time to regroup mentally.
Each day, students gather in small groups divided by gender and meet with a faculty member who serves as their advisor. This time is right alongside lunch and is intentionally designed for relationship building between peers as well as the students and their advisors.
Study Hall/Jump Start
Both a rotating study hall and a jump start period at the end of each day give students time to build self-advocacy skills and get started on the night’s homework. Students are encouraged to confer with teachers or our academic support faculty to receive reteaching, clarification, or homework help wherever they may need it.
Average class length is 55 minutes, maximizing instructional time and facilitating the kind of student-centered learning that we know is best for our students.
Classes meet at different times throughout the week, so our students are able to see their teachers and the content at various times of day.