Middle school is a pivotal time in a student’s life. Navigating how to live, learn, and work within in a community requires both the freedom and encouragement to be oneself as well as ethical decision-making and empathy. Our emphasis on consensus building, conflict resolution, and choice enables students to move through our multi-faceted curriculum with both the academic and social/emotional skills they need to thrive.
In Middle School, our students grow from peacemakers on the playground to cosmopolitan citizens.
Relationships with local experts from NASA, the NSA, the Anacostia Watershed, and the University of Maryland (just to name a few) eliminate the line between school and the real world. During their capstone Year-End Projects, many of our students are frequently mentored by some of the most renowned experts in the area.
For us, the community is always at the forefront of our educational purpose. For example:
- When fifth graders learn about inclusivity through literature, they also learn to recognize bias and champion the rights of the disenfranchised.
- In sixth grade, when students study climate change, they also develop action steps for our school’s sustainability plan to ensure we walk the walk about being a green school.
- As seventh graders learn about how our nation was formed, they also learn to look for the missing voices throughout history so they can tell their stories.
- When eighth graders focus on advocacy in their Year-End Projects, they perform service at an organization that promotes their cause and then write a persuasive letter to an editor or Congressperson that asks him or her to take action.
Participating in their community positions our students well for high school and beyond. It teaches them that they have value, and that there is value in hard work and perseverance. More than 95% of our graduates are offered admission at their top-choice high school. Our students leave FCS as contributors, peacemakers, and students of themselves and the world.