Built around the unique strengths of pre-teens and adolescents, the Middle School program at Gill is collaborative and hands-on with an emphasis on learning as a process. In addition to offering a comprehensive academic program, our Middle School teachers place special focus on decision-making, empathy and community. Students have room to grow, to explore a range of interests and to take on leadership roles through in-school clubs and afterschool activities. Middle School at Gill is a positive and productive place where children thrive academically, emotionally and socially.
In addition to our core academic program, signature Middle School offerings include

  • Teacher-supervised study hall and after-school activities until 5:30 each day (free of charge)
  • 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

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
You may also view a standard PDF of GSB's Curriculum Guide.

Middle School Director

Kyle Armstrong joined Gill St. Bernard’s School as Middle School Director in 2014. He holds 19 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.
Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a vigorous, meaningful and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.