Earlier this month, Germantown Friends School (GFS) Upper and Middle School students welcomed Ryan Howard, Major League Baseball World Champion with the Philadelphia Phillies, as the annual Mercer Tate '48 Lecture on Public Service speaker.
Middle School is a world of variety and vitality, and our program immerses students in grades 6-8 in a stimulating and challenging intellectual environment. At GFS, every student can find a place to shine.
Learning to Fly
Middle School is a time of spectacular growth. Our sixth, seventh, and eighth graders leap ahead in maturity, interacting with friends and adults in new ways and making new discoveries about themselves. True enough, Middle School is a time of change—but these are transitions that are crucial to development.
At GFS students engage with wonderful challenges. They explore profoundly engaging works of literature and become practitioners of literature themselves. They take on research projects, working with primary sources and learning good research practice, and in math they master new mathematical challenges, honing their algebraic skills. In science they create scientific sketches, models, and websites, and they explore the scientific method doing labs on water quality. Along with English, history, math and science, students can choose to study French, Mandarin, Spanish, Latin, or Ancient Greek.
Outside the classroom, students take on leadership roles in student government, in community action, on our stages, and on our athletics fields. They participate in an ever-changing variety of mixed-grade clubs and activities—from MathCounts and Improv Club to Yearbook and A Cappella. Interscholastic sports become a part of each Middle Schooler's experience through a program that involves and supports athletes at every level.
In these years of personal discovery, the GFS Middle School is fertile ground for discovering and exploring passions and purpose.