The middle school years are a journey from childhood to adolescence as students gain more independence, take on a greater sense of responsibility for their own learning, and develop their individual identities. This time of exploration begins in sixth grade with the move from a single homeroom to advisory groups and multiple classes in a growing number of disciplines which include math, science, history, English, and world language.
Through this process of learning and discovery, they find what they’re passionate about, what they’re interested in, and what avenues they may want to pursue in the future. By eighth grade, they have developed into independent learners, individuals with a strong sense of identity, who feel empowered to make a difference in their communities.
Middle School Highlights
What the DCD Community is SayingView All Testimonials
I am a huge believer in the pre-k to grade 8 model as it gives children the opportunity to practice mastery when there is no one else above them to either model or to judge. This is a good thing! This ability to practice mastery is a “gift” that comes at children in a very specific and important time in their own development. Without the heavy consequences, means children are truly able to take risks and practice before moving on.
At DCD, I developed an academic drive and I learned perseverance. I learned to fail and to pick myself up. If I didn’t do well on a test or an essay, I met with my teachers who were always willing to work with me to understand what went wrong and to figure out how to prevent it from happening again. So when I went to high school, I automatically knew how to reach out to my teachers. I also learned that one grade won’t break me and that failure is not the end of the world!
With all the choices at DCD and knowing that the community was always there to support me, I’ve had a lot of freedom to follow my passions and develop the ambition to try new ones.
The school provided an environment where our girls felt confident, where they had a voice, and their voices were valued.
Meet the Middle School Team
Assistant Head of School & Director of Admissions
Head of Middle School
Grade 6 & 7 English Teacher
Middle School Arts Teacher
Grades 6 & 8 Science Teacher
Grade 7 Latin and Math Teacher
Grades 6-8 Math Teacher
Middle School Music Teacher
Grades 6-8 Math Teacher
Grade 6 English
Grade 7 History Teacher
Autumn Andrade-de León
Grades 4-8 Spanish Teacher
Watch the DCD Middle School Journey