Middle School Overview

The Middle School program offers courses intended to develop not only content knowledge but also critical, creative, and abstract thinking skills.

In addition, the Middle School at Williams guides students to become respectful, responsible, and reflective students and citizens. Students are encouraged to take risks as they explore new ideas and connections and are empowered to take charge of their learning. By exposing students to a wide range of courses in the Middle School, Williams places an emphasis on the development of writing skills, analytic skills, and effective communication.

In grade six, students take:

  • English
  • Local History
  • Earth and Environment
  • Math
  • Introduction to Modern Languages and Introduction to Classical Languages
  • Enrichment


In grade seven, students take:

  • English
  • American History
  • Math
  • Life Science
  • Spanish and Latin
  • Enrichment


In grade eight, students take:

  • English
  • Geography
  • Math
  • Modern Language
  • Physical Science
  • Latin I
  • Enrichment


Students are placed in the appropriate level of Math and Modern Language based on a placement test, previous coursework, and teacher recommendation.

Enrichment offerings include Art, Music, Drama, Dance, Health and Wellness, and Research Skills. Whenever students are not scheduled in a class, they are in a structured study hall. Band is available as an elective course for students in grades six, seven, and eight. Students in the seventh or eighth grade who participate in Band will postpone their study of either Modern Language or Latin until the ninth grade.

Each year our Middle School students are required to do one Co-Curricular: one season of an interscholastic sport, the Middle School Musical, the Fall Play, or the Spring Musical.

Academic News

We celebrated our eighth grade successes and sent them off to 9th grade.
The class just completed a project inspired by Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo.
Each year, students share their work as "radio essays."
Olivia Fetter '18, flute, Nadia PenkoffLidbeck '17, violin, Sophia Terry '18, cello performed this original minuet during our spring concert.
Students from a variety of classes performed for an appreciative audience.
Sixth and seventh graders are using Scratch programming to "think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively..."
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