A Place of Academic Excellence and Community Spirit
The Middle School years can be a difficult time of transition in any child’s life – and adolescent struggles are often more challenging when a child has learning differences.
The Quaker School’s Middle School program is designed to build confidence and community for students in grades 7-8. The program combines individualized academics with the arts, group activities and community service, creating an atmosphere of communal learning that enriches our school experience.
- Our Middle School curriculum explores brain development and function – the anatomy of the brain, the nervous system, how we learn, mental patterns and memory.
- Students learn to appreciate different learning styles and their influence on our abilities, interests, skills and challenges.
- Classroom and homeroom exercises provide strategies for success, independence and overcoming learning challenges.
- Students work on organization, note-taking and research skills, and independent reading.
- Collaborative projects and events, such as planning the middle school lock-ins or partnering with classmates in an intensive writing class, strengthen social skills.
- Following 8th grade, rising 9th grade students can take part in our Transitional Academic Program.
Throughout the curriculum, students learn how to:
- Gain control over the process of thinking that is used in learning situations
- Plan ways to approach a task
- Develop the skills needed for reading comprehension
- Maintain awareness and control over distracting environmental and internal stimuli
- Manage effort over time
Our curriculum provides grade-appropriate content in each academic area. To learn more about these individual programs, visit our Academics page.
- Social Thinking® by Michelle Garcia Winner
- Zones of Regulation®
- Executive Functioning
- Speech & Occupational Therapy
- Wilson Reading System®
- Eureka Math®
- Step Up to Writing®
- Students plan, manage and stage school productions, ranging from the school play and dance to the talent show, which showcases singers, musicians, dramatic readings, and original compositions.
- Our softball and cross-country teams compete against other independent schools.
- The annual chess tournament attracts a huge number of players and ultimately results in a grand champion.
- Nearly two-third of our student body takes part in the Student Council, which gives students a collaborative voice and plans social events throughout the year.
- Our student-run mock election teaches students how to debate an issue, work together, and become comfortable presenting in front of their peers.
TQS has a longstanding history of service learning projects that address local, national and international needs. Projects have included:
- Habitat for Humanity
- Mitten Tree collection, benefitting a Philadelphia shelter for women and children, disabled U.S. Veterans, and Hurricane Katrina relief
- Fundraising for Hope Children’s Home in Guyana, which has helped the organization purchase a stove, shoes and a van in recent years
- The Penny Challenge and Canned Food Drive, which raises funds and food for the homeless
- Supporting people homebound with AIDS through a collaboration with Woodmere Art Museum
Technology opens doors and breaks down barriers for students with complex challenges. Technology activities in the Middle School include:
- Basic keyboarding
- Reinforcing academic skills using developmentally appropriate software
- Writing and illustrating simple words and sentences in a multimedia format
- Use of interactive SMART boards, iPads and MacBooks
- Numerous supplemental academic software programs that include graphic organizers, speech synthesizers, electronic dictionaries, and word prediction