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:
Earth and Environment
Introduction to Modern Languages and Introduction to Classical Languages
In grade seven, students take:
Spanish and Latin
In grade eight, students take:
Students are placed in the appropriate level of Math and Modern Language based on a placement test, previous coursework, and teacher recommendation.
The Middle School Enrichment program complements the academic offerings and builds upon students’ creative, communication, and collaborative skills. Students engage in classes in Art, Photography, Music, Chorus, Drama, Dance, Health and Wellness, Physical Education, and Technology. The exploration of both the visual and performing arts not only gives students a foundation and greater appreciation for these subjects but also helps them make informed decisions regarding their course of study in the Upper School. The Enrichment program allows students to discover or ignite their passions. An increased self-confidence and self-awareness are natural by-products of the arts curriculum. Physical education and health focus on the importance of wellness as it relates to overall physical and mental health. Students are encouraged to take ownership of their lifestyle choices and make healthy decisions. Opportunities for public speaking and group presentations are abundant in all of the offerings.
The days leading up to Winter Break are a busy and exciting time at Williams, with students preparing for final projects and exams, performances taking place, and an array of fun activities and treats to give everyone a much needed boost of energy.
Williams will be offering day camps in robotics, computing, and engineering as well as an evening camp for lacrosse, while Mystic Seaport has a variety of fun summer camps for children and youth to learn valuable maritime skills and UConn will be helping girls pursue their interests in science and technology.
Students from the Looking in Theatre program recently performed for our middle and upper school students during split assemblies, touching on difficult topics such as body image issues and substance use and abuse.
During Monday's assembly, our Middle Schoolers reflected on the importance of kindness and empathy, while our Upper Schoolers shared and addressed their thoughts regarding mental health, gun control, and student activism.
Our annual Day of Exploration gives sophomores and juniors a chance to really focus on the PSAT with minimal distractions, while also giving our other students and faculty a chance to partake on exciting educational excursions off campus.
The Williams School aims to foster the intellectual, moral, aesthetic, and physical development of young women and men in preparation for college, a lifetime of learning, and active participation in a changing society.