Academics

Middle School | Gr. 6-8

DCD Middle School students will tell you in the same breath that school is challenging and fun

This a testament to our rigorous and dynamic Middle School curriculum. Through a well-rounded academic program that encourages original thought and exploration, we achieve a balance between freedom and structure, initiative and support, individualism and cooperation, and innovation and tradition.
 
Our curriculum is complemented by expanded course offerings and activities to fit students’ needs and interests. Academics, athletics, the arts and service—all are intricately connected to produce independent scholars who have learned to communicate clearly, assume personal responsibility, celebrate the strengths of themselves and others, embrace challenge, and understand the significance of being a citizen of the world.

Did you know that in DCD’s Middle School…


  • Responsibility and leadership opportunities are provided to Middle School students through our Kindergarten–Grade 8 Buddy Program, the Student Council, Weekly Assemblies, the Student Outreach Committee and voluntary participation in several community service afternoons throughout the year
  • Every student receives their own laptop in 6th grade
  • Challenging, interdisciplinary academics emphasize writing, critical thinking, and problem solving
  • Mini-term, which takes place between Thanksgiving and Winter break, offers a special curriculum in Science and Humanities for focus and in-depth study
  • Day trips and overnight retreats offer the opportunity for off-campus exploration, learning, and team building. During their time in the Middle School, students will go on overnight trips to the Chickatawbut Hill Educational Center, the Farm School, Pinkham Notch, and Washington, D.C. and day visits to Hale Reservation, the Challenger Center, the Institute of Contemporary Art and various Boston theatrical performances
  • Students participate in the annual Science Exposition which encourages in-depth exploration, problem solving, and collaboration on a particular topic or area of interest they choose
  • Middle School Math Club meets weekly and competes in the New England Mathletes Competition
  • Foreign language study is in Spanish or Latin. Latin and Spanish students have the opportunity to take the National Level Examination
  • Middle School clubs and activities offer a variety of opportunities to pursue interests in Debate, 3D Printing, Robotics, Pottery

Mini-Term Science Curriculum: Collaboration and Problem-Solving

Idea Log: DCD Middle School Faculty Blog

Middle School Team

List of 11 members.

  • Mr. Nathaniel Buffum 

    Middle School Head, 8th Grade History
  • Mrs. Ruth Boyden Gow 

    Science Teacher, Grades 6 & 8
  • Mr. Richard Edie 

    Grade 6 & 7 English Teacher, Secondary School Counseling, Athletics
  • Mr. Robert Harrington 

    Middle School Latin, Middle School Math, Advisor
  • Mrs. Brenda Leith 

    Grade 8 Advisor, Middle School Math Teacher
  • Signe Pereira 

    Lower and Middle School Science Teacher
  • James Pinola 

    Middle School Math
  • Mr. Robertson Thacher 

    Grade 7 History Teacher, Grade 8 English Teacher
  • Daniel Balk 

    Gr. 6 Teacher, P.E. Teacher, Assistant Athletic Director
  • Mrs. Claudia Dolan 

    Spanish Teacher & Advisor Grade 6
  • Wendy Soutsos 

    Math, English & History Teacher

School Information

Dedham Country Day School
90 Sandy Valley Rd 
Dedham, MA 02026
Phone (781) 329-0850
admissions@dedhamcountryday.org