Find Your Voice

Poly’s Middle School offers a safe, supportive, and challenging place to make the transition from childhood to adolescence. At a time when adult mentors become increasingly important, Poly students find the guidance of caring teachers who appreciate this age group. In the company of motivated peers, Poly students learn to give voice to their opinions, questions, and personal passions. Our advanced curriculum inspires students to expand their academic skills and independence. Through a wide array of extracurricular experiences, they explore the arts, community outreach, outdoor education, and more. Students leave the Middle School fully prepared as ambitious, creative, self-motivated learners. 

Middle School By the Numbers

  • Our community includes approximately 215 students 
  • Full-time classroom teachers and assistants: 20 (additional 15 in PE and Art) 
  • Support and specialized instruction personnel: 10 
  • Average students per class: 18

Welcome to the Middle School

The Middle School years are an exciting time of growth and change. During this defining period, Poly provides a safe environment where students can grow from childhood to adolescence with the support of peers and the guidance of caring teachers. Here at Poly, students experience the necessary balance of discipline and structure; playful and joyful learning; and increased independence and responsibility to ensure their healthy intellectual, personal, and social development. By offering a variety of academic, artistic, athletic, outdoor education, and service experiences, students begin to answer the essential question of adolescence: “Who am I and where am I going?”

We offer creative teaching that empowers students to take risks and discover new talents. Collaborative projects reinforce the importance of cooperation and collective achievement, while interdisciplinary learning helps students make meaningful connections between coursework and real life, and helps foster understanding and concern for others. Field trips, community outreach, guest speakers, assemblies, and other events expose our students to the outside world, and we consider them essential parts of learning.

Across all grades, our program values critical thinking that challenges students to analyze information and form their own opinions. Each year, I am proud to watch our students grow into young women and men who are ready to share their thoughts and ideas with the world, who are capable of creative expression, kind friendships, and sincere care for others. 

The Middle School years are an exciting time of growth and change. During this defining period, Poly provides a safe environment where students can grow from childhood to adolescence with the support of peers and the guidance of caring teachers. Here at Poly, students experience the necessary balance of discipline and structure; playful and joyful learning; and increased independence and responsibility to ensure their healthy intellectual, personal, and social development. By offering a variety of academic, artistic, athletic, outdoor education, and service experiences, students begin to answer the essential question of adolescence: “Who am I and where am I going?”

We offer creative teaching that empowers students to take risks and discover new talents. Collaborative projects reinforce the importance of cooperation and collective achievement, while interdisciplinary learning helps students make meaningful connections between coursework and real life, and helps foster understanding and concern for others. Field trips, community outreach, guest speakers, assemblies, and other events expose our students to the outside world, and we consider them essential parts of learning.

Across all grades, our program values critical thinking that challenges students to analyze information and form their own opinions. Each year, I am proud to watch our students grow into young women and men who are ready to share their thoughts and ideas with the world, who are capable of creative expression, kind friendships, and sincere care for others. 

Pat Gray
Middle School Director

Upcoming Events

List of 5 events.

  • Oct
    2

    LGBTQ+ Reconciliation Forum - VIRTUAL

    VIRTUAL
  • Oct
    10

    Class of 2026 Fall Parent Zoom Social

    Fall Zoom Social for all Class of 2026 Parents
    VIRTUAL
  • Oct
    13

    Poly GIP Virtual Event: Outreach 360 and its educational work

    With Coco Barrett, Outreach 360's Nicaragua Director and Alma Fletes, Site Director In the last two years Nicaragua has been beset by internal strife and most recently plagued by COVID-19. In the midst of these crises, Outreach 360, an educational organization with whom Poly has partnered the last seven years, has not only managed to survive, but pivoted in ways that has enabled its students to thrive. Coco and Alma will talk about life in Nicaragua, the tenets of their highly successful and extremely well-run organization, their commitment to the students and families of Jinotega, and their core principles which enhance international collaborative efforts. Coco and Alma will provide inspiration, understanding, and truly authentic principles of global service. link to register for event.
  • Oct
    18

    Virtual Book Fair

    The Fall Book Fair this year has gone virtual. This will be a week-long event (10/18-10/23) to promote literacy, highlight DEI, and celebrate our Poly Community. There will be several zoom events throughout the week for students and parents to participate in. These events include guest authors, read-a-longs, a book discussion with John Bracker, and much more!
    VIRTUAL
  • Oct
    19

    Virtual Book Fair

    The Fall Book Fair this year has gone virtual. This will be a week-long event (10/18-10/23) to promote literacy, highlight DEI, and celebrate our Poly Community. There will be several zoom events throughout the week for students and parents to participate in. These events include guest authors, read-a-longs, a book discussion with John Bracker, and much more!
    VIRTUAL