Middle schoolers are hungry for new responsibility, new leadership, and a greater sense of agency and potential impact in the world. Through experiential learning and studying real world problems, the MMS Middle School will blend rigorous academics with subjects that feel consequential to students.
School is not just about learning skills — it's about making sure that the lessons feel meaningful, memorable, and inspire further exploration. We've structured our day around four core modes of learning: (1) Skill-building and practice: individual or small group work in school. (2) Application: channeling newly-acquired knowledge into projects either on campus or off campus (3) Reflection and growth: time to ponder what worked, what didn’t, and where to go next (4) Community and collaboration: gathering to share recent developments with a focus on Mudita (feeling joy for others)
Rigor will blend with relevance as we examine timely topics through a multitude of lenses. Take for example, climate change. In literature, we can explore the story of climate-based migration through The Grapes of Wrath. In biology, we might study the science of a microbiome and how weather patterns impact animal life, plant life, soil, and water. In math, we could use environmental data to model future changes.
Taking advantage of the bountiful opportunities New York City offers, MMS will introduce students to inspiring people, jobs, and places, operating on the premise that there can be no discovery without exploration. in our IDEA Lab (Imagine, Design, Explore, Actualize), students will be guided to develop and see through personal projects with the support of mentors.
To learn more about some hallmarks of our program, click on any of the subject headers below.