We love Middle School students!
Designed to meet their developmental needs, our 6th – 8th year program is a combination of challenging academic preparation and experiential education. Individualized math groups, integrated humanities, hands-on science, and a wide-array of specials and electives comprise the school schedule. All students complete coursework in art history, music history, applied technology, and global studies as well.
Grade level field trips, such as the eighth year Gray’s Peak climb, foster teamwork and build community during the first month of school. The entire student body attends a weeklong science-focused trip in the fall, as well as hut trips in the winter. Eighth year students also participate in the Global Citizenship Action Project in New York.
Students’ self-esteem is fostered through academic success as well as “real life” learning through internships, mentorships, service learning projects in the community, participation in school businesses, and the leadership opportunities that a small, nurturing school affords them. The faculty builds relationships with every student and they expect them to be held accountable for their own learning in and out of the classroom. We believe that the genuine support our faculty offers their students serves to buoy them through the vulnerable Middle School years.
The Micro Economy Elective, ME, (previously the Young Entrepreneurs Program (YEP)) was launched in 2012 as an interdisciplinary curriculum that allowed Middle School students the opportunity to take an original business idea to market. Students collaborated to gather and synthesize information from a variety of sources in order to create a successful product with real value, ME’s own One World Vanilla.
Today, Micro Economy is offered as an elective course for all MSE middle school students. Each semester a new group of students gets to make their own mark on this elective. This includes presenting ideas in order to grow One World Vanilla (and other products) sales followed by marketing and sales strategy creation and brainstorming ideas for a student store. ME is learning-by-doing in action!
Above all, MSE ME students truly own and direct their learning. With guidance and direction, students transform their enthusiasm and myriad ideas into action. If you would like to learn more about how you could get involved in the Micro Economy Elective, please contact Laura Alexander, Middle School Division Head, by phone at (303) 674-0093.
After completing the MSE Middle School, students consistently demonstrate their readiness to excel in any high school. Our graduates report that they are confident and well prepared in their schoolwork. The high schools they attend tell us that MSE graduates are the first students to raise their hands in class to offer their insights, advocate for themselves with teachers, and get involved in sports, community service and other extra curricular activities. In short, they become leaders in their high schools, colleges, and workplaces because of their experiences at MSE.
View the video below created by our 8th Year students demonstrating MSE’s philosophy of giving back: