Middle School students at Saint Hilary School thrive in a safe and supportive environment. A collaborative team of core teachers, enrichment teachers, and administrative staff recognize each of their student’s unique talents and guide them through the inevitable social, personal and academic challenges of Grades 6 through 8.
The comprehensive integrated curriculum includes Literature, Math, Science, History, Public Speaking, Religion, Spanish, Physical Education, Fine Arts and Music. Students regularly participate in small group instruction in Literature, Science and Math. In Grade 8, General Math instruction is enhanced by two streams of Algebra – core and advanced – to ensure individual attention in this critical subject area.
Hands-on learning and field instruction augment core class work wherever possible, especially in the studies of Science and History. Overnight field trips add a measurable benefit of community building. In Grade 8, students go behind-the-scenes at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, while history and government come alive during a week in Washington, DC. In Grade 6, students spend four days in an Outdoor Education Camp, and in Grade 7, students take a five day spiritual retreat to Yosemite National Park.
Student Council is a much anticipated opportunity for ten elected Middle Schoolers who attend a summer leadership camp to prepare for their upcoming term. During the year, these students organize school-wide fundraising and spirit-building events, and help in the production of the annual year book and the monthly Tiger Times school newspaper.
The balance of academic achievement and personal growth as part of a socially responsible community prepare our graduates for success. Their high test scores and their reputation as young people of strong moral character result in high rates of acceptance at the schools of their choice among the Bay Area’s top college preparatory schools.