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Middle School

Except during infancy, there is no stage of life when young people undergo more changes in such a short time — and in every aspect of their lives. Our program is designed to develop students' specific knowledge and skills, yet it has a larger mission to inculcate healthy habits of mind, heart, and action. At Savannah Country Day, we offer our Middle Schoolers opportunities to grow confidently as individuals. We understand how important it is for our students to feel safe and have a sense of belonging or a place where they can openly express themselves without feeling exposed or embarrassed. We want our students to learn how to handle small setbacks and failures and celebrate humbly when they find great success. Students are encouraged to explore as many things as possible to discover their place and uncover their true passions.

Our faculty understand that interacting with such curious, energetic students requires patience, humor, and sensitivity. Middle School teachers must simultaneously challenge and nurture, encourage independence, provide structure, and reach curricular objectives while meeting each child’s needs. Essentially, the Middle School program must address the complex nature of adolescence in a supportive academic environment – one that makes the transition from Lower School to Upper School and from childhood to young adulthood as rewarding and productive as possible.

In the Middle School at Country Day, we want to encourage your children to try new things and stretch their boundaries academically and socially—we want them to learn to be comfortable in their own skin and to celebrate who they are and what they are passionate about."jeremy hammond, head of middle school


A Day in the Life: Middle School

Middle School At a Glance

1:1 Apple macbook laptop program fosters collaboration, creativity and problem-solving. Middle School families purchase laptops for use in Upper school.Innovative, talented, and knowledgeable faculty. 65% possess master’s degreesTeacher-to-student ratio: 1:7Three full-time and one part-time Learning SpecialistsONE full-time school counselors supervise an extensive advisor/advisee program and help students adjust to adolescenceA diverse array of clubs from Beekeeping and Robotics to the Diversity Club and Quiz Bowl

Middle School News

Country Day Welcomed Special Guest Speaker, Mrs. Vera Hoffman

As a culmination of their study on WWII—including a class-wide book club discussion on the novella "Address Unknown"—Mrs. Nikaj's eighth graders were honored to welcome Mrs. Vera Hoffman, the last living Holocaust survivor in Savannah, to campus on April 25. Mrs. Hoffman shared the harrowing story of her family’s survival during the Holocaust and graciously met with individual students after the assembly to answer questions. She shared the following words with our eighth-graders and encouraged them to take them to heart: "Living in the past is not healthy; remembering the past is essential." It was an assembly that stirred emotions and sparked contemplation, and we extend our heartfelt gratitude to Mrs. Hoffman for her invaluable time and profound impact.

Experiential Learning with Mini-Mester

Another successful Mini-mester is in the books! While some students had the opportunity to travel to places like Belize, Boston, and along the Silver Comet Trail (by bike!), other students immersed themselves in experiential learning in and around campus and Savannah! From sailing to fencing, culinary adventures, mahjong, bass fishing, and everything in between, Mini-mester is a unique opportunity for our Middle School students to explore something new and fun while interacting with students from other grade levels. Mini-mester encourages our students to be lifelong learners and believe that self-initiated learning can be powerfully persuasive and lasting.

Eighth Grade Decades Project

Bravo to our eighth grade class! After conquering the Florida Everglades during last week’s Outward Bound excursion, they returned and quickly refocused on presenting the Decades Living Museum. Today’s museum was the culminating activity that serves as a capstone project for their final year of history in Middle School. The research project included a writing component as well as a public speaking element in historical character. Parent attendees loved walking through the decades and brushing up on their historical knowledge. Well done, Hornets!

Leadership & Organizations

The Middle School offers its students a wide array of co-curricular activities.  Virtually every teacher sponsors some club, activity, or sport. 

Before & After School Program

Students attending the After School Program will find a distraction-free environment in which to complete homework and possibly time to relax following a structured day.

Advisor/Advisee Program

Our faculty advisors serve as advocates to a small group of students assigned to him or her at the beginning of each school year. Each week, students meet with their advisors to discuss both personal and academic-related topics.

Mini-Mester

Mini-mester is an amazing week of learning without worrying about grades -- experiential learning at its best.

Outward Bound

Eighth grade students have the opportunity to participate in a five-day Outward Bound excursion in the Florida Everglades’ Ten Thousand Islands.

Social & Emotional Wellness

The Middle School Counseling Program nurtures and supports students during this transitional stage through a multifaceted program.