The Middle School years are one of the richest times of development for young people, and the Dexter Southfield program is designed to help students take advantage of this phase, so that they continuously enjoy learning and begin the next stage with the habits in place for life-long success. Middle Schoolers master academic skills in a broad curriculum of English, math, science, social studies, Latin, modern languages, arts, public speaking, and health and wellness. They develop expertise to apply across all fields of study through activities such as collaborative projects in World Cultures, diverse writing experiences, video editing, design, and engineering. All students start Latin in Class 6, and they choose either French or Spanish as a modern language. For math in Class 8, they may take accelerated or standard-level Algebra I. In this environment the girls and boys take ownership of their learning and grow into their best selves.