We believe in the Middle School experience and value these years as a developmentally unique and important time in the lives of our students and families. We see ourselves as much more than a holding place between two divisions and work to create environments, experiences, schedules, and routines that honor this time of exponential social, emotional and physical growth.
By the time students leave the Middle School, they will have experienced a thorough grounding in academics, arts, and athletics coupled with intentional consideration of themselves and others. Our passion is to equip and inspire students to a life of learning and service through their intellectual curiosity and empathy for others. Our efforts to do so focus on the growth and development of each student’s character, knowledge base, and essential learning skills while considering the individual’s unique combination of strengths,weaknesses, life experiences and life view.
Service learning is the model and lens through which our middle school designs opportunities that promote awareness, understanding, and action related to communities near and far. Whether serving classmates, school, community, nation, or the world, we work to recognize problems, imagine solutions, and feel compelled to act. Through 20 Time projects that our seventh and eighth graders spend their year creating and implementing to advisory, class, and individual passions and projects, students are encouraged to be creative, give, and serve others.
Middle School mornings begin with advisory – a 15-minute block of time devoted to team building activities. In these small groups, advisors lead students in games and exercises to enhance community.
In the middle school, we are guided by our social contract. Students use consensus-building to arrive at an agreement reflecting the values and voices of each student in all grades. This living document, signed by every student, is posted in middle school classrooms as a concrete reminder of the expectations we have for ourselves and each other.
Spartanburg Day School believes that leadership is a skill that can be learned. It is a practice whose essential elements can be identified, understood and developed. Leader development at Spartanburg Day School rests on three elements:
- Self-awareness and a commitment to personal excellence (development of character traits).
- Building connectivity and inclusion within a community.
- The practicing of the skills of leadership with peer and instructor feedback.
Spartanburg Day School is committed to developing students’ individual leadership capacity by providing students with positional leadership opportunities and equipping students to live the mission of the Spartanburg Day School.
The House System
The Spartanburg Day School House System was established in the fall of 2015 to encourage community, commitment and involvement among students from kindergarten through the 12th grade, as well as faculty members.
Students are divided into six houses, named after the previous headmasters of Spartanburg Day School. Houses participate in various competitive activities throughout the school year. Students remain in the same house for all their years here, forming long lasting relationships across divisions.