Middle School (5-8)
In addition to all the great things HB Middle School girls learn in the classroom, there are many opportunities to stretch their boundaries, try new things, and grow as empowered young woman.
The Middle School Academies, Science Research, and WEST Fellowships are a few of the exploratory and innovative programs that capitalize on students’ interests and extend their learning. Middle School leadership and service opportunities are embedded into the fabric of the curriculum, as well as in extracurricular options. These activities for leadership and service develop a sense of responsibility and care for HB’s extended community.
Each Middle School girl is assigned to an advisor group and faculty advisor. The program provides support for every girl as the advisor-student relationship facilitates integration into and success within the HB community. By providing a small group setting within the larger community, the advisor group fosters camaraderie, respect, and appreciation for each individual's talents.
The advisor helps each student formulate goals and work toward achieving them, while also serving as the liaison between home and school. Essentially, the advisor helps link school resources and opportunities to the needs of the girl.
HB’s unique social-emotional learning practices and program grow within the advisory program.
Girls explore interests and discover new ones in an elective course that takes a deep dive into a topic, free from assessment. A wide variety of Academies, many outside the traditional curriculum, are offered such as
broadcasting and media creation
health and well-being
outdoor adventures and more
Seventh and eighth graders choose from more than 25 Academy course offerings to develop skills such as cooperative learning, critical thinking, and curiosity that instill the school's motto: "Non Scholae Sed Vitae Discimus—We Learn Not for School, But for Life."
Girls who participate in Learning Strategies benefit from additional writing and study skill instruction. Girls become increasingly empowered learners by identifying organizational patterns in reading and writing, improving reading comprehension and writing fluency.
They learn to plan, pause, and reflect while reading and commit to proofreading and editing before considering a paper finished. Addressing time management challenges is another recurrent theme as is advocating for themselves with greater ease and effectiveness.
HB scientists are questioning, hypothesizing, designing, and experimenting their way to new and exciting discoveries in the Science Research program.
Seventh and eighth-grade girls with an interest for science and passion for inquiry select a topic of interest and independently research and develop a project implementing original experimentation and relevant scientific investigation.
The Science Research program culminates at the HB Science and Engineering Fair. Students report their findings, interpret their results, and present their data for judges selected from science-based fields. In addition to competing in the science fair, students can participate in local and regional competitions.
Passion, focus, determination, and perseverance are the essential characteristics of a Hathaway Brown WEST Fellow — a Woman Engaged in Scholarly Thought.
Seventh and eighth-grade girls in the program pursue a personal passion through independent study. Girls explore a topic for up to two years and are provided with the mentorship and financial support necessary to complete the independent study project. The result is a finished product which the student presents to the HB community. WEST projects can be a research paper, publication, performance, original composition, digital media, website, e-business, art, and so much more!
Trust, risk-taking, goal-setting, resilience, and cooperation are traits HB’s signature Adventure Learning program instills in the girls, starting in fifth grade and continuing through Middle School.
The state-of-the-art outdoor course and indoor elements create opportunities to meet holistic needs of each student through adventure-based activities.
Girls learn life lessons as they establish relationships and trust among their peers, foster confidence in themselves, explore risk-taking challenges, build resilience, and learn to communicate, cooperate, and problem solve.
Middle School girls travel overnight for experiences that span the curricula while creating meaningful memories to cherish for a lifetime.. Fifth grade travels back in time at Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan. Sixth graders explore their global community at Heifer International’s Global Village in Michigan. Seventh graders set sail to Sea Camp on Cape Cod as part of a yearlong study of Environmental Science. And eighth graders visit Washington, D.C. to complement to U.S. History curriculum.
Middle School students practice their language skills, (or learn new ones!) through international Middle School travel. Seventh and eighth-grade girls travel with HB faculty to a French or Spanish-speaking country.
The alternating trips to France or Panama have action-packed itineraries to experience the history, culture, and language of another country and even include adventure or service learning experiences.
At HB, students participate in a variety of hands-on service projects, outreach, and fundraising initiatives to continue the school’s long-standing tradition of civic engagement.
The Middle School girls select and partner with a local nonprofit organization to share their time, treasure, and talents; monthly dress down day funds are allocated to this organization. In addition, special projects such as the Upper School Carnival or school-wide Legacy Days encourage Middle School girls to partner with community organizations.
Weekly, advisor groups are assigned service weeks to maintain safe and clean common areas. Girls learn the importance of doing their part to contribute to the common good of the whole community.
GROW (Girls Reaching Others Worldwide) is a Middle and Upper School student-run foundation dedicated to:
- funding and participating in service projects
- and awarding grants to nonprofit organizations and institutions that focus on the needs of children, particularly girls, educational access, hunger, and homelessness
GROW inspires HB girls to develop an early interest in philanthropy. Members of the GROW foundation meet regularly to review grant proposals, plan fundraisers, and increase awareness about the foundation's mission.