• Congratulations to Roycemore's Eighth Grade Class of 2017!

  • Hands-on exploration in and out of the classroom.

  • Our Middle Schoolers are provided with time and space for peer collaboration.

  • Roycemore Middle Schoolers compete against area independent schools in basketball, soccer, cross country and girl's volleyball.

The Middle School Experience

Roycemore’s Middle School is MORE than school . . . it is an Experience. Different from any Middle School around, our students engage in unique learning opportunities that are challenging, individualized, engaging, and student-directed. Students will experience their time at school wholly differently from anything they have encountered before. Collectively we call it The Middle School Experience.

A key component of The Middle School Experience is the powerful relationship forged between teacher and student, as well as among students. Our teachers are experts in understanding the unique intellectual, social, personal and physical needs of young adolescents. They meet students where they are to provide educational experiences that support them. College prep academics are balanced with opportunities for social growth. Focused on critical thinking and creativity, our core Middle School curriculum emphasizes how to study, explore, research, and write well. Core subjects taught include: math, science, humanities, Spanish, French, art, music, technology and physical education/wellness.

Faculty members encourage, support and monitor the progress of each child, and maintain high expectations for academic and personal growth. Teachers come to know students as individuals with many talents and abilities, while also speaking honestly about areas of challenge. Faculty members establish a collaborative relationship with parents based on an understanding of early adolescence as a challenging but important stage in human development in which academic, personal, and social growth hold equal value in preparing students for future success.

Roycemore’s Middle School provides an educational home for young people to thrive, and opportunities for student success abound!

Program highlights:

  • In a culture where adolescents are often pressured to conform, at Roycemore students are respected--and celebrated--for their differences. Roycemore offers an environment where students feel a sense of belonging, and are supported to push outside their comfort zone and try new things.

  • Our newly launched P3 (Personal Passion Project) period provides an opportunity for students to engage in projects designed by them! Twice a week students will have time in the schedule where they will work with a teacher/ coach and an expert mentor on their project within six broad themes: Journalism/Media; Entrepreneurship; Technology/STEM; Visual Arts; No Walls Learning; and Music/Chorus. Students will have time to dive even more deeply into their chosen topic during a special week in January.

  • An individualized and differentiated program ensures that students are engaged with their learning, whether they need additional support, enrichment or even acceleration. Students who excel at math, science and some other subjects, for example, have the opportunity to participate in advanced classes with other grades, with some students taking courses in the Upper School.

  • Our 1:1 Chromebook program supports both academic and social learning. Each student is given a carefully monitored Chromebook, which allows teachers to further differentiate curriculum and foster collaboration.

  • Our Advisory Program provides every student with a faculty advisor who serves as the primary point of contact for academic, social and emotional issues. The House system (think Harry Potter) groups students for fun, social competitions throughout the year striving to gain points to receive the Griffin Cup!

  • Interdisciplinary teaching teams provide a stimulating and integrated course of study.

  • Gifted students or students with learning differences can obtain extra help through fee-based Learning Support services and from our Gifted Coordinator, both of which also provide on-site collaboration with our teachers.

  • Interscholastic sports and daily Physical Education for adolescent bodies and brains that need exercise to thrive!

  • The Middle School Shield program helps students look regularly and carefully at how well they embrace and exhibit our school’s core values of scholarship, integrity, community, respect, and compassion.

  • Fun social outings to places like Navy Pier, Six Flags Great America, movies, or Millennium Park.