At Gill St. Bernard’s Middle School, we offer a welcoming, caring, and academically challenging experience designed to complement the developmental strengths of preteens and adolescents.
Our Middle School, which utilizes several buildings on our campus, comprises students in grades 5-8. Contributing to a vibrant environment centered on nurture and academic rigor, our team of teachers strives to appropriately challenge students both in and out of the classroom.
Our curriculum is broad-based, academically challenging, and child-centered. At every turn, the program is designed to foster a love for learning in our students. In combination with our core values and emphasis on character education, the Middle School program engages and motivates young people to be their very best and discover who they might become.
Some highlights include:
- lab-based science five days per week
- language arts instruction seven periods per week in grades seven and eight
- Singapore math into sixth grade; algebra and geometry offered in grades seven and eight
- a choice of French, Latin, or Spanish beginning in sixth grade
- offerings in the fine and performing arts
- required physical education/athletics built into the school day
- a unique, week-long experiential education experience in May for every student
- weekly Makerspace and wellness classes for every middle schooler
- the STREAMS Science Program for grades four through six
- weekly courses in community building in grades five and eighth, our entry and exit points
Athletics & Physical Education
Students develop overall fitness and well-being, social interaction, cognitive growth, and character education all while actively participating in physical education classes and on one or more of the many athletic teams Gill offers.
Clubs & Activities
Middle School is the perfect time developmentally to explore, and Gill’s wide-range of clubs and activities allows students a rich menu of opportunities from which to select.
A hallmark program at Gill, STREAMS (Sustainability, Technology, Research, Engineering, Agriculture, Math, and Service) is a yearlong comprehensive course that also uses Home Winds Farm as a landscape for studying sustainability.
After School Programs
Our after-school programs extend the school day with academic, enrichment, and interest-based activities.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the Middle School.
Distance Learning Program
Our distance learning program provides opportunities for virtual connection, collaboration, and exploration. Faculty and students work together using a variety of online media tools for synchronous and asynchronous instruction, which fosters success in both independent and shared learning experiences.
Lower & Middle School Director
Kyle Armstrong serves as the Director of Lower & Middle Schools. He holds more than 20 years of experience working in independent schools. Prior to joining GSB, he was Associate Head for Academics for a K-8 independent school. He also has experience as a history teacher, baseball and basketball coach, and eighth-grade team leader.
Mr. Armstrong holds an M.A. from Lesley College in Massachusetts, and a B.A. in History from Trinity College in Connecticut. Kyle’s wife, Kristen, is GSB’s Upper School Librarian. They have two children at Gill.
Mr. Kyle Armstrong, Lower & Middle School Division Director, shares his thoughts and experiences with our community.
Middle School teachers are experienced, highly collaborative, and steeped in pedagogy best suited for early adolescence. Extending the nurturing environment of our Lower School and providing the rigor necessary for success in the Upper School, our Middle School team strikes a balanced approach in working with our students. Cultivating confidence and emphasizing growth at every turn, our teachers and staff are dedicated to this unique age group, and they strive to make each day one of joy and growth for every student.