Western’s Middle School focuses on four major developmental needs of a middle school-aged student: Connected Relationships, Control, Competency, and Acceptance. The staff at Western are intentional about making each of our middle school students feel connected to the greater group – that they are unique and that the group would not be special without them in it. Our staff also understand the need for each of our students to share in control. Middle school students need to have opportunities to make choices about issues that affect them. So our staff provides opportunities for our students to practice making choices, within boundaries that improve self-confidence. Middle school students also want to feel competent in what they do, and we understand that students who do not feel competent in their studies often create distracting behaviors to mask their feelings. Our staff is committed to working with each student so that they can succeed and flourish. Finally, we understand our students need to feel accepted and loved for who they are not just what they do. We are purposeful in celebrating each of the God-given uniqueness we find in each of our students.
Our middle school program focuses on our core subject areas intended to prepare our students for rigorous high school experience. These include Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Technology, Music, and Physical Education. We also offer a “wheel” of electives that provide fun and engaging activities for our students. Each wheel class revolves around a specialty area such as art, computer, STEM projects, creative expression, etc. These electives are short 12-week classes throughout the school year.
Current Thoughts from our Parents and Teachers at Western…
“I am so grateful we found Western because my child has thrived in this caring and academically challenging environment.”
This parent shares a concern many others identify with; the desire for a safe environment for their child to learn and grow in. Western provides a middle school team well adept to help students and families navigate the often challenging years of transition throughout middle school.
“One of my joys teaching at Western is the students and families in our middle school. Our students are so sweet and welcoming to each other; it is a special place to grow.”
While many students struggle with relationships in middle school, at Western, we are intentional in creating opportunities for our students to develop strong bonds with each other. Students quickly discover that their teachers are interested in more than just academics, but helping them grow as a person. It is not uncommon to see a student ask a teacher for advice or prayer, students at Western know they are loved!
Contact Western today for your personal tour! We would also encourage your student to “Shadow” for a day or half a day to see if Western is a great fit.