The Middle School curriculum, schedule and culture capitalizes on the evolving needs of the early adolescent through project-based learning that brings academic material to life and fosters cooperative team spirit. Social studies and the sciences are taught in semester-long intensives which allow students to focus on each discipline in depth. Students select their own arts electives including theater, pottery and band. In addition to regular wellness classes, daily advisory groups bolster students’ emotional intelligence by encouraging them to take pride in their school work and to explore opportunities outside of the classroom such as clubs and team sports.
Many leadership opportunities are available in the Middle School, including organizing town halls and community service projects, which build student confidence and efficacy and leads to success in upper school.
As an independent, K-12 college preparatory day school, Bay Ridge Prep has the freedom to serve students and families guided by our own mission and current research on best practices in teaching and learning without the interference of government agencies, commercial interests, or superficial trends.