Middle School (Classes 6-8)
We think about the whole child. One of the ways we do that is by allowing children to try so many different things. We don't put them in a box. Instead, we expect them to challenge themselves.Todd Fawcett
Head of the Middle School
The Garage - New in Fall 2021
The Garage is a new Innovation Center located on the lower level of the middle school building. In the summer of 2021, the existing 8,000-square foot garage was transformed into an open space where middle school students engage with robotics, circuits, laser cutters, 3D printers, tools, and more. A cross-disciplinary curriculum for Classes 6-8 — including English, history, languages, visual arts, and STEM — promotes a design thinking approach to teaching and learning that encourages creativity, teamwork, critical thinking, and a solutions-based mindset. Students are encouraged to develop a sense of wonder, leading to deeper engagement with and understanding of concepts and material. The Garage is used by classes, student clubs, and independent and small groups for projects during the tutorial period. It is a space where students can get messy, store their work to come back to it day after day, and pursue their passions.
An essential part of the Dexter Southfield experience, the Public Speaking program is designed to build character, confidence, and leadership.
Students meet weekly to practice the fundamentals of public speaking: learning correct posture and stance, the need to speak slowly and eloquently, and the difference between a formal speaking voice and an informal voice. Regular review and repetition build students’ confidence in speaking in front of others—a skill that will serve them well throughout their lives. The annual experience culminates with a public speaking event in front of peers and family.