The middle school years are a time of significant transitions for children.
At this age, it’s common for students to experience peer pressure,
question authority, and develop a worldview. Of course, every child develops
at his or her own unique pace. During these years, it’s particularly
important that your child enjoy the
strong support of a positive college prep school environment.
Elementary school set the stage for an explosion of learning in middle
school. During these years, your prep school student will refine his or
her abilities to organize ideas, make decisions, and understand abstract
concepts. Students often begin to take an interest in current events and
they develop their own perceptions of the way the world works. In middle
school, memory retention becomes increasingly important.
Your middle school student will improve his or her grasp on abstract language
and pragmatic language skills as they apply to a social context. For example,
he or she will display a heightened understanding of metaphors, tone of
voice, and nonverbal language cues. Middle schoolers often enjoy debates
and “what if” discussions.
Middle school students often find themselves caught between two worlds.
On one hand, they want to have their own unique self-identity; on the
other, they yearn to
fit in with their peer groups and be like their friends. You might notice that your middle schooler
becomes increasingly sensitive to the reactions and perceived opinions
of other people. Support your student’s growing independence from
family life, but provide ongoing guidance on ethical dilemmas and the
need to empathize with others. Since middle schoolers can sometimes react
poorly to perceived criticism, try to ask open-ended questions about difficult
Orinda Academy, it is our mission to guide every child in reaching his or her full potential
by administering a rigorous curriculum and fulfilling the socio-emotional
needs of our students. Our smaller class sizes in Orinda, CA, allow our
teachers to provide the one-on-one support that students need to thrive.
To inquire about admissions, parents can call (925) 478-4504.