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

Señor Cohen's Spanish I students got into character last week while practicing dialogue about buying a hat at a market in Mexico.
The Math and Science Tutoring Program connects students who are comfortable with a particular subject with a student who may be facing some difficulty with it and helps them both succeed.
Director of College Counseling Cristan Harris attended 2017 National Conference for the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) over the summer and shares her reflections.
Four artists from the Williams School were juried for an exhibition at the Mystic Art Museum.
Mrs. Barth's 7th graders were able to take advantage of the Connecticut College Arboretum to learn more about pond ecosystems.
Cory Harris, English teacher, recently placed 9th out of 3000 in an international writing contest.
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