While Bankstreet School has been covered in as a whole, the Middle School merits individual consideration due to it’s unique and inviting program. Because Bankstreet is a school that serves children from the nursery school to 8th grade, their concept of middle school is slightly different than what most schools would consider. At Bankstreet, grades 1 through 4 are considered to be middle school.
At Bankstreet School the focus is on academics and teaching children to learn. Unlike the lower and upper schools, the Middle school is seen as a formative time for study skills and basic knowledge. Because of that the middle school has specialist teachers teach the children. The youngest groups within the middle school benefit from a dance or movement specialist. The oldest children in the middle school are given specialist attention from math and science specialists. All of the middle school students benefit from specialists in art, drama, language, music and woodworking. Middle School students also continue learning Spanish, which begins in lower school level.
The physical education component at Bankstreet School is not just about sports and team competition. The Middle school level places a heavy emphasis on wellness. Children are taught healthy eating, exercise and behavior habits.The goal of Bankstreet School is to start children on a lifelong path of healthy habits both physical and mental. Physical activity is especially important at this age level due to continuing refinement of gross motor skills and coordination.
For more information, see the website of the Bankstreet School.