At Hammond, we believe the middle years should be anything but middle of the road. Knowing that the fifth through eighth grade student longs for independence amid defined boundaries, we create an emotionally safe environmental for young people to accept new challenges, embrace new perspectives, and come into their own without getting lost in the crowd.
We build a bridge from in between to out in front.
The Middle School program strategically builds on itself at each grade level, ultimately preparing students for success in the upper grades. In fifth grade, students begin moving through a schedule for the first time with dedicated subject-area teachers. In sixth grade, athletics are introduced; in seventh grade, foreign language is added as a full-time class. The eighth grade sees an increase in the level of academic challenge, with honors-level classes, and in athletic competition, with JV and Varsity sports opportunities. By eighth grade, our most senior students lead the division in student government and act as role models for younger students.
Dedicated middle school faculty members can be found not only in the classroom, but also coaching on the athletic fields, cheering in the stands, leading extracurricular clubs, advising students, and applauding the arts.