Welcome to Gill St. Bernard’s Middle School. Our Middle School, which serves grades five through eight in multiple buildings around our beautiful 208-acre campus, is designed around the developmental needs of preteens and adolescents.
Working in 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 challenging, broad-based, and child-centered. At every turn, the program is designed to foster a love for learning in students. Some curriculum 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
broad 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
The aforementioned highlights are just a sampling of the dynamic program offered in the Middle School. In combination with our Core Values and emphasis on character education, the Middle School program engages and challenges young people to be their very best and discover who they might become.
Gill St. Bernard’s School offers a rich, rigorous, and experiential education second-to-none, and I invite to personally visit the Middle School to feel the energy and enthusiasm for learning. Thank you.
Kyle J. Armstrong
Lower and Middle School Director
Lower and Middle School Director
Kyle Armstrong serves as the Director of Lower and Middle Schools. Armstrong joined Gill St. Bernard’s School as Middle School Director in 2014 and holds more than 20 years of experience working in independent schools. He most recently served as Associate Head for Academics at The Swain School in Allentown, Pa., where he previously also served as Middle School Director. Prior to this, Armstrong worked for six years as a teacher, coach and eighth grade team leader at the Flint Hill School in Oakton, Va.
Armstrong’s educational philosophy is defined by meaningful conversations with the entire school community along with openness to and free exchange of new ideas. Armstrong holds a Master of Education from Lesley College in Cambridge, Mass. and a bachelor’s degree in history from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.
In addition to our core academic program, signature Middle School offerings include:
Teacher-supervised study hall and after-school activities until 5:45 each day (free of charge); computer lab open until 4:00 p.m.
Incorporation of decision-making skills throughout the curriculum
A flexible math program tailored to individual readiness to best prepare students for success in Upper School math courses
A lab-based science program with an emphasis on exploration, discovery and experimentation.
Broad offerings in fine and performing arts, including ceramics, choral music, studio art, theater, sculpture and woodworking.
Consistent with the school's Mission, the Middle School at Gill St. Bernard’s is a balanced, nurturing environment where students are encouraged and supported in their quest for excellence.
A Day in the Life of a Middle School Student
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Sample Middle School Schedule
In addition to instruction in English/language arts, mathematics, science, social studies and world languages, Middle School students have weekly Makerspace and technology classes, instruction in health and wellness and opportunities to explore the fine and performing arts and athletics. Each day starts and ends in advisory, and there are regular assemblies and meetings in this division. Below you will find a sample schedule, indicating what a typical day might look like for a student in the Middle School at GSB.
8:15-8:20 — Advisory 8:20-9:05 — History 9:05-9:50 — English 9:50-10:05 — Break 10:05-10:50 — World Language 10:50-11:40 — Mathematics 11:40-12:10 — Lunch 12:10-1:00 — Science 1:00-2:00 — Art Elective 2:00-3:00 — Physical Education
Student Feedback & Assessment
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Report Cards and Progress Reports
The Middle School operates on a trimester grading system. Three times per year, Report Cards are sent home electronically. Included on the Report Cards are in-depth narratives written about students by the teachers of each subject. In addition to three Report Cards, three Progress Reports (consisting of grades but not comments) are electronically mailed throughout the year.
Parent Conference Days
There are two scheduled Parent Conference Days during the year, affording parents the opportunity to meet with their child's Advisor for 20 minutes.
Assessments throughout the year are varied and range from tests/quizzes to non-traditional projects. Teachers in the Middle School look for a variety of ways to measure student success, with honest but positive feedback playing a vital role in the assessment process.
Every middle schooler carries a Friday Folder home every Friday. Among other things, this is a space for teachers to share graded material with families.
Gill St. Bernard’s is an independent, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a rigorous, meaningful and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.