Middle School

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elcome to Middle School. We are a vibrant and lively learning community made up of 200 sixth, seventh and eighth grade students, and the adults who teach and support them.

The Middle School is a busy, active place to learn and grow; throughout the day, you can hear the sounds of children actively engaged in their learning, working with each other in small groups, creating projects, listening to each other and their teachers. Our academic program, which builds on our long tradition of academic excellence, is a blend of discipline-specific work, interdisciplinary study, experiential learning and skill building. Technology is integrated into all classes, so students connect to the wider world and learn skills that enhance their learning. Students move from self-contained classrooms at the beginning of sixth grade to a fully-departmentalized program in eighth.

The program is rich in opportunities in the arts, athletics and community service. All students take art, music and physical education every year. There is scheduled time for service, which also provides possibilities for deeper engagement in the arts. In addition, activity offerings grow out of student interests, but always includes a newspaper, literary magazine and yearbook. These elective opportunities give students agency and help them develop leadership skills.

Underpinning all of these activities is a strong advisory system and a deep commitment to our Quaker values. There is a wonderful sense of community as adults guide the children, and challenge themselves and the students to pursue excellence, be kind, truthful, self-disciplined, welcoming and respectful of difference.

Please take a tour of our website to find out more!


Sean M. Hamer
Head of Middle School

Animation Shorts by Eighth Grade

Middle School Glimpses

  • Eighth-Grade Musical: "Time Warp"

    The eighth graders board the Titanic, join the sufferagettes and newsies, and give the Beatles a helping hand as they travel back in time in the musical cabaret "Time Warp."

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  • Cold Mountain Connection

    Our very own Ada Ruby had the pleasure of meeting Charles Frazier, the author of this year's One Book, One Philadelphia selection: Cold Mountain. Ada was named for two of Charles Frazier's main characters in this National Book Award winning blockbuster and was thrilled to have her own copy of Cold Mountain signed by the author.

  • A Hilarious and Hypnotic Middle School Play

    A villainous brother uses hypnosis to steal family money and his brother’s sweetheart in a hypnotically fun Middle School play!

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  • Spanish Scavenger Hunt

    An eighth-grade Spanish class involves a scavenger hunt, cell phones and selfies!

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  • Eighth Graders Come Together at MOSAIC

    Eighth grade students bonded with each other and took time to reflect on themselves and their world at the team-building fall MOSAIC retreat.

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Contact Information

Middle School Office
(215) 951-2316

Sean Hamer
Head of Middle School

Carol Rawlings Miller
Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Grades 6-12

Saku Longshore
Administrative Assistant