Bay Farm Middle School Program

Grades 7 & 8

Every student has a story that needs to be heard...

The Bay Farm Middle School Program is a two-year program for highly motivated 7th and 8th-grade students who are looking for an experience that allows for hands-on learning. 

Bay Farm's middle school provides an academically challenging learning community where students navigate the early adolescent years in a safe, nurturing, respectful, and inspiring educational setting. Students benefit from an appropriately challenging academic course load, a rich and kind social environment, complete with curriculum-based outings and, guest speakers, and an outstanding Montessori tradition.

We recently completed construction on our brand new Middle School facility featuring the Shop. This new facility is a prepared Middle School environment that features flexible space for students to work collaboratively, materials, tools, and resources for hands-on work, and an abundance of natural light for a connection with the natural world. This environment is characterized by a student-centered approach that enables students to manage time, exercise choice, organize themselves and practice self-regulation within a group context. Bay Farm believes that this development of independent self-management is crucial to success in high school and beyond.

We have select space available for Fall 2021. If you are looking for a new Middle School experience for your child, we highly encourage you to request more information to learn more.

Bay Farm Middle School

Bay Farm Middle School

Bay Farm Middle School

Bay Farm Middle School

A Prepared Environment

The SHOP

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Our Middle School program will take academics and turn it inward, giving our students the chance to take the knowledge they gain in the classroom and directly apply it to hands-on experiences in 'the Shop.' We know that Middle School can cause stress and anxiety for families. Our goal with this expanded program is to offer a safe place where students can build self-efficacy and independence, truly understanding who they are and how they belong in the world.

- Conrad Wildsmith  

   Bay Farm Head of School

2020-2021 Middle School Faculty

Kelley Kasak-Collins | Lead Teacher
Jenny Sabados | Director of the Shop

Introducing Meredith Badders | Lead Humanities Teacher for the 2021-2022 School Year.

Curriculum

The Middle School Curriculum has been organized into themes. Each theme is explored through the academic lenses of science, social studies, literature, math, and the personal world.

Daily Schedule

8:00 am - 8:30 am, Morning Meeting:
Each day begins with a student-led community meeting. These meetings focus on an agenda set by the students with teacher guidance.

8:30 am - 11:30 am, Work Period: 
3-hour daily work period for core academic work strengthened through hands-on experience.

11:30 am - 12:00 pm, Practical Life: 
Community service, Micro-economy, and Seminar. A time for students to strengthen leadership and collaboration skills.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Lunch and Reflection: 
Daily reflections about the topics they are learning and issues that are meaningful to them.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Specialists: 
A scheduled time for Art, Agriculture, Music, the Shop, and Spanish. Each area is integrated into the curriculum.

2:00 pm - 3:10 pm, Electives: 
Time for individual projects, presentations, and choice.