On Sunday, November 21, the School held its eighth annual Columbia Cares Day! Thanks to the community service efforts of our students and their families, CGPS is making a difference in the lives of families in need this holiday season.
The middle school years are a time of tremendous change and growth as students develop physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially, often in rapid and unpredictable ways. Our Middle School, its own unique and distinct division, is designed to meet all of the developmental needs of our students in grades 5-7. Our curriculum advances student learning and understanding and cultivates a culture of inquiry, resilience and independence, always focused upon developing the whole child and tomorrow’s citizens.
The strength of any school is its faculty. Our dedicated Middle School faculty members possess both subject matter expertise and a deep understanding of middle school students. Our Middle School teachers are the best at what they do. Students value the relationships they develop with their teachers, and the trust that emerges from these connections encourages the type of exploration, curiosity, and risk-taking that leads to meaningful learning and growth.
Among a variety of signature offerings in the Middle School, a particular standout is the STEAM program. Students enjoy many opportunities for enrichment to reach the highest levels of achievement and performance. While a rich academic program lays the foundation for the Middle School experience, our students engage in a textured experience that includes the arts, music, theater and sports. Our goal is for our Middle School students to develop passions and a sense of self as they grow into young adolescents.
Every child has a story, and every teacher takes the time to know and celebrate those stories. When respect and empathy are paramount, joyful, balanced and successful students depart Middle School prepared to thrive in their Prep School experience.
Paul Baly, Middle School Director
Our Middle School is an intentional community. We orient everything we do to provide the most ideal environment for Middle School students to learn and grow. We prioritize relationships as foundational to students’ growth and development. Students thrive in an environment where they are known, where they seek safe opportunities to take risks and where they have unconditional support from the adults in their lives. We inspire curiosity and ignite passions by encouraging students to ask questions and solve problems, by engaging in a rich array of programming and by providing a high level of challenge coupled with a high level of support. Our students matriculate into our Prep School self-assured and with the skills, knowledge and confidence to thrive.
Middle School enrollment
Different instruments to learn
Fully functional, watertight boats designed and built by seventh graders
our core values
At CGPS, our five core values are the pillars that define curricular, extracurricular and social-emotional life for our community.