Middle School

Welcome to the Middle School. We are comprised of 220 curious, caring, and thoughtful sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students. Our liberal arts program transitions students from the self-contained, sixth grade classrooms to a fully departmentalized eighth grade program that includes grades at the end of each marking period.  Teachers model a passion for learning and lead our classrooms by offering a rich blend of traditional learning with experiential and project style learning. Our students learn to balance their efforts among math, science, history, English, Modern or Classical language, art, music, and physical education. We are a division that is lively, engaging, and a place that students can call their own.

We are a division that supports student agency and ask our students to step into new leadership roles.  Our student government is fashioned on the governing style of the Religious Society of Friends. In this model, students learn how to clerk a meeting for business with their peers. Additionally, students are actively involved with student publications, student-run events like talent shows and dances, an Environmental Action Club, MathCounts, Improvisation - to name a few. Our program also includes a scheduled Project Time, which includes courses like Community Action/Service, Woodshop, Computers, Photography, and Drama. These facets of our Middle School allow students to hone existing talents and discover new ones. In addition, three seasons of sports and a full instrumental and choral music program help us reach our mission of educating the whole child.

Germantown Friends School is founded upon the principles of the Religious Society of Friends. At GFS, we strive to be as diverse a community as possible, and enjoy the learning opportunities afforded to us by residing in Germantown. This unique combination creates a foundation for our school, which generates a deeply humanitarian sense of the world and a striving for peace, justice, and equity. Our division's learning environment affirms the school’s mission statement, instills attention and reflection, and promotes growth.  Our parents are also integral to our learning community. They, too, are lively, concerned people who support their children and the school. Many parents volunteer for the school throughout the year or serve on committees, which give important feedback to the school. Participation in the GFS Middle School implies that you are joining an engaging and complex community, which can offer a meaningful experience and education for you and your child. Please take a moment or two to look at our divisional web-pages and you will get a glimpse of our exciting and well-balanced program.

Middle School Glimpses

Animation Shorts by 8th Grade

Watch the animations exhibited in the May 2014 all-school art show

Magazine Designs by 7th Grade

Amazing magazine covers designed by 7th graders during Project Time