Nine to fifteen year olds need and thrive in the kind of environment JBSA schools provide. As they go through the changes of early adolescence, middle schoolers are malleable and our schools can help students shape a strong foundation, academically and socially.
How do we do that?
Trustworthy and caring adults: Middle school age students are excellent observers of adults; they need trustworthy, caring adults in their life. Our faculties model ethical behavior and participatory lives. Young adolescents need trustworthy, caring adults in their life. Our residential faculty, in addition to students’ parents, is excellent daily role models and mentors.
Family-style residential centers: Through residential life, kids make strong connections with peers, with caring teachers, and dorm parents. Our teachers and dorm parents find out where your child ‘is’, meet them, nurture and encourage them to stretch themselves. We help children negotiate the passage through early adolescence, help them establish life-long healthy habits and help cultivate intelligent decisions; we are supportive yet set boundaries.
Being part of community, having a larger ‘family’ comes with the territory at junior boarding schools. Many of our schools are from pre-K to 9th grade, so your child is part of a family where they have a chance to be an older sibling and set an example themselves. Importantly, the peer connections that are made become life-long friends.
Student mentoring: Teachers are involved in all aspects of school life and know students in the classroom, in the dorm, on the athletics field, in the art studio, on the stage, doing community projects. This ensures consistent, thorough attention to boarding students. This ensures an active two-way conversation between student and teacher.
Guided discovery: Middle school students are natural explorers: we tap into that. Our schools are ‘living labs’ where students can experiment safely and positively. The pace and timing of activities of age-appropriate activities both encourage and challenges young adolescents in our schools. Learning during the middle school years is about transference: taking what you’ve learned in elementary school and building and refining knowledge and skills.