Ages 12 through 14 (7th-8th grade)
Middle School is not simply “older elementary.” The DHMC Middle School is designed for the very specific educational, psychological, and physical needs of the early adolescent. Our program provides opportunities for adolescents to be self-confident and gain self-knowledge as members of a small, safe community.
The Montessori philosophy and method are followed and blended with the teaching of skills needed for high school and their personal future. The Middle School staff is specially trained and experienced at working with students at this level.
CURRICULUM AND PROGRAM ELEMENTS
A rigorous middle school curriculum and high expectations for performance prepare students well for the academic challenges of high school. In-depth Spanish studies and physical education classes are also part of this two-year program.
In addition to their coursework, DHMC Middle School students have many opportunities to use their talents and to gain experience as contributing members of society, both within the school community and in the larger world beyond. These include:
Middle School students manage two businesses, the DHMC hot lunch program, and the Middle Mart, which sells snacks and beverages before and after school. Students plan, staff, and manage funds for these enterprises that help to fund their year-end travel.
A week in New York City or whitewater rafting in Virginia, in alternating years, is the culminating trip of each school year.
In a program that mirrors an adult job search, students prepare a resume and spend a week working within the school (seventh graders) or in local businesses (eighth graders). They are evaluated by their “employers” at the conclusion of the week.
The DHMC Middle School has its own radio station; students write the scripts and broadcast school news each morning on 89.7 WDHM-FM.
Middle Schoolers also provide audiovisual support for school music presentations, plays, and assemblies, by videotaping programs and managing sound and lighting.
Environmental education is an important part of the Middle School curriculum. The class travels to nearby nature centers for both day and overnight programs that include a broad range of activities. Among these are animal studies, habitats, weather, and classic camping experiences such as campfires and night hikes.
The Middle School classroom opens directly to the outdoors, so the connection to the environment is seamless. Elective courses include gardening and environmental studies, both of which are hands-on programs that heighten awareness of ecological issues. The school grounds are a certified National Wildlife habitat and registered Monarch Waystation. Middle School students participate in activities that have resulted in DHMC’s Evergreen status (the highest level) in the Michigan Green School initiative, and they are now leading the school’s progress toward National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-School status.
Elective subjects provide additional opportunities for students to explore interests. As part of the elective program, students produce the DHMC yearbook. Other elective courses have included art studio, music appreciation, robotics, web design, forensics, cooking, stock market investing, knitting, environmental science, gardening, and sewing.
In addition to a comprehensive physical education program, intramural soccer is offered during the fall.
Students entering the Middle School program will work on math skills and literature analysis during the summer. This internet-based summer school helps keep math, reading and writing skills sharp and helps determine placement for the fall semester. It also introduces incoming students to the Middle School environment.
ON TO HIGH SCHOOL
Graduates from the DHMC Middle School transition well into area high schools. Recent graduates are attending the following high schools: Academy of the Sacred Heart, Bloomfield Hills Andover, Brother Rice, Canton High School, Catholic Central, Cranbrook Kingswood, Crestwood High School, Dearborn High School, Dearborn Center for Math, Science & Technology, Detroit Country Day, Divine Child, Gabriel Richard Ann Arbor, Gabriel Richard Riverview, Greenhills School, International Academy East, Livonia Stevenson, Mercy High School, Salem High School, University of Detroit Jesuit, and University Liggett. DHMC provides opportunities to visit local high schools, and also provides assistance with applications and admissions.
Class hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Before- and after-school hours are available.BACK TO TOP