Learning & Leading

In the vast majority of area schools, children leave the schools with which they’ve become familiar after finishing fifth grade and start again elsewhere as the youngest students.

Not here.

We have the privilege of keeping our students under our care for three more crucial years, years in which they are simultaneously nurtured and challenged in a place where they are known and loved. During this critical period of change in a child’s life, our middle-school students benefit from the stability and familiarity of their surroundings as well as from the special privileges and responsibilities that come with being the oldest students in the school.

Because they interact with smaller children at school each day, SMSA middle-school students can see for themselves how much they’ve grown, matured, and learned. Mentoring programs allow them to act as role models to younger students, and activities such as interscholastic sports and yearbook offer them opportunities to develop leadership skills.