At Cushman, these 6th through 8th grade years offer so many enriching experiences where our adolescent-aged students gain their individual voices and begin paving their futures. In addition to rich course offerings, multiple electives give students the opportunity to explore new interests and fine-tune talents within the academic day.
Our program has been thoughtfully designed to appropriately challenge students within a nurturing environment as they grow during these years of critical development. Brain research confirms that this is a time when students need significant emotional and social support to successfully navigate the digital world we live in and face increased “coming of age” pressures. As our 8th grade students approach high school, they seek additional independence and purpose. This delicate balance of providing a loving environment coupled with opportunities to be empowered as “innovators of change” and make a difference in our society is something Cushman works hard to create for our students’ benefit.
Mrs. Jennifer Geimer
Upper School Director
Associate Middle School Director
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To complement their core academic requirements, students have an opportunity to select elective classes each quarter to further their interests and/or pursue their talents. This fun and productive time is scheduled first in the morning to accommodate students’ Circadian rhythm for optimal learning when more rigorous academics begin closer to 10 a.m.
- Film & Broadcast
- Visual Arts & Portfolio Design
- Music Production
- Coding & Computers
- Theatre Troupe
- Photography & Yearbook
Fantasy Card Club
Fantasy Sport Club
National History Club
The Animal Lovers Club
Inspiring our students to think globally about the world around them and understand the personal satisfaction that comes from reaching out into the community and helping to make a difference is a big part of The Cushman School journey. Our students become very engaged and extremely productive during their middle school years which is a great pre-requisite to the Society And Me (SAM) curriculum that begins in high school.
Every year, our students embark on exciting, overnight trips with their classmates. Through the integration of our academic curriculum into real-life adventures, students make connections between concepts studied in the classroom and their applications to the world around us.
- 6th grade – Circle F Dude Ranch in Lake Wales, FL
- 7th grade – Washington D.C.
- 8th grade – Costa Rica
As part of Cushman‘s tradition of inspiring its students to be confident and capable public speakers, oratory challenges are presented throughout the entire Cushman journey and highlighted in middle school in the following projects:
- Sixth grade Living History Museum – Students research, create and deliver elaborate presentation on one of their favorite historical figures.
- Seventh grade – After analyzing the U.S. constitution, students write and deliver compelling speeches relevant to the historical concepts being studied in class.
- Eighth grade – Students research different parts of the world and challenges those cultures/societies face and present on a global topic in this annual event “Our Generation, Our World, Own it.”
“Developmentally responsible, experiential and engaging… many new, enriching opportunities combine to make Cushman’s Middle School years an exceptional time for our students’ growth, and individuality!”
– Jennifer Geimer, Upper School Director