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Middle School (Grades 6-8)

At Baker, we believe every middle school student should have access to a learning environment that is structured to provide appropriate time and space for creative expression, meaningful risk, individualism, community, exploration, innovation, stimulating thought, and play.

Graduating from the focus on a single classroom as found in the Early Childhood Program, Primary and Intermediate Programs, Middle School students move from classroom to classroom throughout the day to pursue each of their academic subjects. The core subjects are English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and World Languages (Latin and Spanish). These areas of study are supplemented by our choice-based Arts Core Program that includes trimester courses in Music, Drama, Visual Arts, Dance, and Technology. During each trimester, students have the choice of several offerings in the different Arts disciplines.

Middle School student in science class

A critical component of  the Middle School experience at Baker is the Advisory Program. Student Advisory meets every day and students stay with their advisories and advisor for all three years in Middle School. Advisory gives students the opportunity to work in concert with a single faculty member throughout  Middle School. It also allows that faculty member to be better attuned to the academic, social, and emotional needs of the student.

The Middle School is the culmination of a child’s time at Baker. While our core academics serve a well-defined purpose, we also look beyond the classroom and create real-life opportunities for our students to become active participants in our democracy.

Highlights from the 2018-2019 school year included:

 
Our Adventure Curriculum
An integral part of the Middle School experience includes multi-day outdoor education expeditions where students apply knowledge gained in the classroom and strengthen bonds between classmates and teachers.
The Middle School overnight Camping Trip to Van Patten Woods
  • 6th  graders three day / two nights at the Indiana Dunes Learning Center for a hands-on Science experience where they learned about the ecology and natural resources of the region.
  • 7th and 8th graders’ field trip to The Plant in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood to  learn about the carbon cycle, sustainability practices, and circular economies.  7th graders day trip to Camp MacLean to build trust and strengthen teamwork on the Mt. MacLean Skyway.
  • 8th graders participated in a week-long farm stay at the Angelic Organics Learning Center Throughout their stay, students care for the farm’s goats, rotated morning chore duty, and rose early to help take part in various tasks such as wood splitting and composting. Through this experience, they learned about soil composition, vermiculture, and how to build a compost bin.
Experiential
  • Middle Schoolers designed and raced chariots as part of Latin Happening, an annual event where the whole Middle School explores the classical world through hands-on activities and in-depth exploration of myth and history.
  • Eighth graders bring their physics know-how to life for Baker’s Annual Boat Regatta as they race against their classmates in life-sized cardboard boats that they designed.
Working collaboratively with parents, colleagues, and our team of school professionals, our Middle School teachers respond to the variety of learning styles and the needs of individual students. In this safe and supportive environment, students become more independent and more capable of performing the abstract thinking and critical analysis that will serve them for the rest of their lives