Serving as teachers, coaches, and mentors, the dedicated and devoted Middle School faculty team knows young adolescents well, and this knowledge is reflected in a program of study that builds upon the foundational skills of the lower school, while supporting students as they are challenged to both persevere and excel in a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
The progression of science, technology, engineering, and math classes in the Middle School prepares students for both the Upper School— where students will tackle more complicated areas of study— as well the world outside of Dexter Southfield.
Public speaking is an integral part of the curriculum at all grade levels of the school. Students have numerous opportunities to speak in front of their class, and annually each class presents a formal program for a larger audience.
Students learn to appreciate art and feel comfortable creating two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork using a variety of media and materials. Students also participate in music, theater arts, and shop, with exposure varying through the grades.
In PK-Class 6 students participate in the intramural sports program, which provides the foundation for interscholastic sports starting in Class 7. Because every student is required to participate in each sport regardless of experience, innate ability, or size, effort is emphasized over outcome.