Middle School students are provided with learning experiences that focus on social and life skills to guide them beyond the classroom. From common hour, field trips, and international travel to personal academic and integrity, each of our students learn what it means to act responsibly and with honor.
Common Hour happens once a week and provides Middle School students the opportunity to come together across the grade levels. Students are given the opportunity to share announcements and lead activities for the Middle student body. From pumpkin painting to cookie decorating – new seasonal traditions are created during this time. Twice a month students meet in small advisory teams with a teacher advisor.
Common Hour serves to: foster inclusion among peers; garner friendships with those outside the immediate peer circle; and to create a camaraderie within the Middle School family.
OFF CAMPUS EXPERIENCES
Middle School students hit the road for overnight field trips that deepen their learning. Sixth grade students experience nature at Tremont in the Great Smoky Mountains. Seventh graders travel to the coast and participate in the Sound to Sea program in Salter Path, NC. To culminate their study of American History, eighth grade students spend a week in Washington, D.C.
PERSONAL + ACADEMIC INTGRITY
Our Honor Code states: “On my honor, I will conduct myself with personal and academic integrity.” Woodlawn’s community of mutual trust and respect is grounded in the Code of Honor. An honor code helps students understand the importance of honesty, integrity, and respect.
Understanding how to best tackle life skills can be tricky as adolescents navigate change during the Middle School years. Through weekly classes, Middle School students discuss life skills and topics relevant to Middle School life with our school counselor.
Through the international travel program at Woodlawn, Middle School students are immersed in a culture through the art, architecture, history, language, food, and traditions. Students learn to appreciate the challenges and pleasant surprises of traveling in a foreign land. Middle School students have an opportunity to travel abroad every year.
PUBLIC SPEAKING SKILLS
Projects culminate in a presentation or performance to an audience so that students can highlight what they have learned at the end of each project. Project presentations offer students multiple opportunities to practice their public speaking skills.
Frequent off campus experiences such as field trips and community service opportunities allow our students to learn in real-world settings. Field experiences are an integral part of project work and we believe that students should be exposed to authentic learning opportunities and learn from experts in the area. Through service learning, Middle School students regularly visit their partner organizations in the community to serve and understand the impact individuals and groups can make locally and globally.
HONORING OUR HISTORY
WOODLAWN's homecoming DAY
Woodlawn’s oldest tradition comes once a year, early in the fall, and is a campus-wide event for Homecoming. In honor of Dr. George Stinson (the original landowner of Woodlawn’s historic campus), we center the day around celebrating the history of our campus and our athletics programs. The day starts off with a pep rally, Varsity Volleyball and Soccer matches, jump houses, and food trucks to celebrate our 20-year history and thriving community of lifelong learners.
FROM SEED TO TABLE
Go Green has a dual meaning at Woodlawn. Our school colors are green and white, so on spirit days, you will see our Trailblazers showing support with green shirts and even green hair! But it is also a daily reminder of our focus on sustainable practices and helps us all remember to live lightly on the Earth! Go Green!
NO CUT SPORTS
Woodlawn students’ opportunities for enrichment extend beyond the classroom to participation in athletics ranging from basketball, soccer, and volleyball to cross country and more.
WHY I LOVE WOODLAWN
“I don’t think a day went by at Woodlawn where we (the students) weren’t working together around tables to solve problems instead of sitting in rows of desks. I learned to appreciate the different perspectives, and I quickly discovered that a lot of smart ideas are better than just one.”
– Sawyer B. ’11
Bowdoin College ’15 | Software Engineer at Uber Technologies
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Woodlawn’s most frequently asked questions about Middle School and our daily routines.