MIDDLE   SCHOOL   PROGRAM

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Crestmont’s middle school is a unique alternative to the typical middle school experience. With our small class sizes, mixed-age groupings and strong, inclusive community, our middle schoolers receive the necessary social and emotional support to help guide them through these years transition, which allows them more focus on their scholastic interests and academic skill-building. Coupled with an emphasis on learning through hands-on, real life experiences, such as through internships and field studies, students are able to capture and explore their budding interests and feel a real connection to their community and to their futures. Our graduates enter high school with a strong sense of who they are, and feelings of ownership, enthusiasm and pride for their education.

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PROJECT-BASED   AND   EXPERIENTIAL   LEARNING

Visit the classrooms and you will see teachers balancing direct instruction with cooperative learning and taking an interdisciplinary, project-based approach which ensures that students are mastering the skills and content taught. This project work provides students with ample opportunities to discover their passions and engage deeply with the world around them.

 

Examples  include

  • Taking a backpacking trip in Northern California

  • Teaching science lessons to their kindergarten buddy

  • Facilitating a seminar on a subject of their choosing

  • Editing an online school magazine

  • Interning with a local graphic designer or chemist

  • Leading elementary students on a naturalist hike through Wildcat Canyon

  • Teaching an afterschool chess class

  • Performing their poetry at a slam in a local coffee shop

  • Designing and creating a mural for the Crestmont campus

Shiloh

"Before I came to Crestmont, my middle school experience was not ideal because I was very unhappy at that school. Being [at Crestmont] gave me the best middle school year that I’ve had, and I’m happy I decided to join the school. I wouldn’t have had such a positive eighth grade experience if it weren’t for the staff and teachers… Something that makes Crestmont so beneficial to the class is that the teachers are emotionally invested in the well-being of their students. 

Lia

"Being able to attend Crestmont has been a privilege that we are grateful for. Not only is it a great school academically, but it’s also a community with a welcoming and caring social environment."