At Stanbridge, our 7th- and 8th-grade Junior High division provides the academic program and social structure to ensure that students are successful in bridging the transition between childhood and adolescence. By incorporating a dedicated staff of teachers, speech therapists, and counselors, Stanbridge is able to effectively address the particular challenges that students of this age encounter. Through the use of standards-based curriculum and monitoring progress through regular assessments, our Junior High students receive the individualized academic support needed to reach their potential. Experiential and social learning programs promote the development of self-confidence, the growth of self-awareness, and the building of friendships, further helping our students navigate the complicated world of adolescence.
Junior High students find themselves at a transitional place within Stanbridge Academy. No longer a young child and yet not quite a young adult, our 7th- and 8th-grade students are definitely at a crossroads. This population is encouraged to recognize their personal strengths and challenges and to use a variety of creative approaches for problem-solving and critical thinking. Within the structured environment of Stanbridge, our Junior High students learn to set personal, behavioral, and academic goals. With a supportive community that fosters academic and social growth, our goal for our students is that they become self-advocates, lifelong learners, and engaged citizens.
A standards-based academic program forms the core of the Junior High schedule and is differentiated according to the needs of each group. The Junior High program includes the following courses, along with day trips, overnight experientials, and a hands-on outdoor gardening component that help bring the curriculum to life: