Middle School Program

The Winston Middle School Program provides a safe, supportive, and structured environment in which students are encouraged to expand their academic knowledge while developing their study and organizational skills in preparation for high school. The Middle School program serves students in grades 6-8.  Students in the Middle School develop the confidence and ability to explore and understand their personal learning styles in depth while becoming increasingly independent and self-motivated.  Maintaining a small-group learning environment, subject departmentalization begins in grade six, and students focus on core academic subjects with attention to study and organizational skills. The Judith Hochman Method, a process-based approach to writing, continues in the Middle School as students expand their writing skills across a variety of genres and for a wide array of audiences.  Literature and novel-based studies are used to encourage students to think critically and analytically about text and story content.  Additionally, students participate in supplemental programs and auxiliary services such as: Winston's Love of Language (LOL) program, Mega Words, Read Naturally, Speech and Language and Occupational Therapy.  Mathematics continues to emphasize a blended learning culture of direct instruction, digital engagement, student collaboration, and hands-on experiences.  All students in the Middle School program are provided with a Learning Ally account.  This resource provides each student with a library of audiobooks to support their studies and foster independence in reading.  Science and Social Studies focus on project-based instruction with curricular connections to language and mathematics.  Art, Music, Technology, Health and Physical Education courses continue to emphasize cross-curricular connections maintaining relevancy of subject content and student learning.

Students in the Middle School program are divided into grade-level homerooms with subject-specific teachers in Reading, Language Arts and Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.  The curriculum strives to parallel grade-level academic standards and accommodate students to successfully meet the challenges of life with confidence.  The curriculum addresses the individual learning profile of each student with flexible grouping and appropriate pacing.  Collaboration between teachers, learning consultants, psychologists, speech and language as well as occupational therapists provide continuous monitoring of academic progress which is routinely communicated to our students' families.  The ongoing communication facilitates growing responsibility and foster independence of our students for the completion and quality of their academic studies.