"While the web experience is lovely, there is nothing like sitting in one of our classrooms with a dozen 13-year-olds, arguing the finer points of Westward Expansion or investigating the economic impact of coastal soil erosion."
Stuart WhitcombDirector of the Middle School
We are an independent boarding and day school for Grades 6, 7 & 8
Learn more about our boarding experience!
Welcome to the WMA Middle School
This portal to our community will share some of the more tangible elements of the WMA Middle School experience – if you will, the who, what and where. Clearly, these are important elements to the educational process, and the foundation on which we will build a strong community of young learners, engaged families and skilled faculty.
Here we share with you the courses, activities and experiences that fill the academic day, we introduce the faculty and coaches who guide, engage and inspire their students, and we let you explore our Middle School program through the lens of a day student or a boarding student.
Most importantly, we encourage you to use this introduction as the springboard to visiting our campus while the web experience is lovely, there is nothing like sitting in one of our classrooms with a dozen13-year-olds, arguing the finer points of Westward Expansion, investigating the economic impact of coastal soil erosion or simply working together to create a piece of music that will be performed before an audience of their peers.
This is a special place, and we are happy to share it with you.
Director of the Middle School
Middle School students are no longer required to wear a blazer during the academic day.
Please note that each Thursday, students must wear either a school sweater with an embroidered WMA crest or a blazer (with crest).
For more information on ordering a blazer or sweater, please click here.
Grade 6 students begin their WMA Middle School experience with a cross-curricular investigation of the past, and with an eye toward how understanding one’s past is a key to successfully unlocking present issues and concerns. Students learn foundational academic skills while investigating the evolution of human societies and exploring those processes, which govern natural history.
The theme Knowing One’s Community asks students in Grade 7 to consider the people who surround them and the place in which they live, then consider how these elements inform their understanding of humanity across the globe. Similarly, students will study the cooperative mechanics of the human organism and of societies, then investigate how breakdowns in systems lead to ill health and social upheaval. Finally, a gentle comparison of ecosystems and human societies ends the year with students questioning their own place in their social and ecological community.
The Grade 8 focus on Knowing One’s Self is both thematically and developmentally aligned - here students will investigate change (physical, natural and social) as it relates to power and energy while placing themselves at the eye of these investigations. Students will explore power used appropriately and power abused, and the outcomes of each, determining their individual stance on appropriate human interaction with their world.