Harding Academy’s middle school program seeks to provide an academic link between lower and upper school, continuing student training in a Christ-centered environment. The middle school program aims to train students in the necessary life skills, work habits, and academic standards for future success.
Welcome to Middle School
We are excited about the start of the school year at the new Harding middle school. There will be many new aspects to the middle school, and we want to give you a clear but brief glimpse of what to expect in the coming year. It’s going to be great! If you have any further questions, please contact Dr. Scott Frizzell, middle school principal.
> Why Middle School
Specifically, middle school is a very important time for the development of a student’s faith. At this age, many are asking questions as they develop their personal relationship with God. As teenagers begin this important spiritual maturation process, Harding middle school can guide them, helping them to see their school subjects, personal interactions, and community involvement through the lens of their spiritual walk with Christ. Through Bible classes, chapel offerings, an exciting character formation rotation class, and the presence of Godly examples from our faculty and staff, Harding middle school can be an additional support in aiding these young teenagers at a pivotal moment in their development.
> Block Scheduling
Additionally, chapel time will remain shared with upper school. The vast majority of chapels will be with all students in grades 6–12 in the auditorium, planned by our campus ministers. Occasionally, middle school may break out for our own chapel, targeted at middle school issues.
> Houses and Friday Fundays
Additionally, we will take time on sporadic Fridays throughout the year to host contests among the Houses based on school spirit, academics, athletics, or creative thinking. The purpose of Houses and Friday Fundays is to build camaraderie, teach valuable life lessons, practice interpersonal and group work skills, and create a fun environment of friendly competition.
> Course Selection and Rotations
Additionally, throughout the school year in the homeroom slot on the schedule, middle school students will take part in a rotation of classes including interest-based electives (offerings still under construction, but include baking, nutrition, and disc golf). In addition to the occasional interest-based offering, all middle school students will spend time each semester in a class focusing on test-taking strategies and study skills.