The Tools to Thrive
Young people crave purpose. Baker students deepen their understanding of the arts and sciences through inquiry-inspired projects that take them out of the classroom and into the community, where they grow as independent, capable advocates for themselves and others.
Wandering Wednesday Behind the Scenes
Transitioning to High School
In middle school, students develop skills that will help them thrive in later life: approaching collaborative work democratically, trusting their instincts enough to step into leadership, and advocating for themselves so they get the experiences they need to deepen their understanding.
In an experiential learning environment that invites creative design thinking and innovation – inside and out of the classroom – they develop prerequisite mastery of the subject areas they will study in high school:
- Core Subjects: Language arts (English), mathematics, science, social studies and world languages (Latin and Spanish)
- Arts Core (choice-based): music, drama, visual arts, dance, technology
What It Looks Like
- At the Indiana Dunes Learning Center, 6th graders stay for three days (two nights) to get a hands-on science experience learning about the ecology and natural resources of the region.
- At Camp MacLean, 7th graders take a day trip to build trust, learn to collaborate and grow stronger as a team on the Mt. MacLean Skyway.
- In Baker’s Annual Boat Regatta, 8th graders race against classmates in life-sized cardboard boats across our indoor swimming pool. First, they must design the boats themselves, applying geometry and physics to this fun engineering project.
- During their weeklong stay at the Angelic Organics Learning Center, 8th graders care for the farm’s goats, help take part in wood splitting, composting and more. Through this experience, they learn about soil composition, vermiculture (controlled growing of worms), and how to build a compost bin.
- At the Latin Happening exhibit, 6th-8th graders explore the classical world through hands-on activities and in-depth exploration of myth and history.
- On their trip to The Plant, 7th and 8th graders head to Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood to learn about the carbon cycle, sustainability practices, and circular economies.
- The Buddy Program gives middle schoolers and students from lower grades opportunities to discuss important issues together in “buddy classes,” which meet during, before or after assemblies.
Take a Look Inside the Middle School Classroom
See students collaborating to take on tough challenges through more learning adventures. Check out our online student portfolio.