Welcome to the middle school!
Roland Park Country School Middle School students are led by a team of teachers who specialize in adolescent female education and know how to encourage each student’s development through a time of great change. We are committed to providing a well-balanced curriculum that includes superior academics and provides opportunities for character development and leadership challenges. We want our students to live healthy, balanced lives, and that starts with an academic program that challenges them deeply while still allowing them to be young adults. Our standards of respect, honesty and encouragement help students learn to be responsible and self-aware members of our collaborative and diverse community.
In the Middle School, students grow and learn in the framework of Four-Dimensional Learning. The first dimension is knowledge. This starts with traditional classes and fact-based knowledge – reading, writing, math, science – and modern knowledge, including STEM, coding, robotics, and sustainability. The second dimension is skill. This emphasizes creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration. The third dimension is character, where we create learning opportunities that develop mindfulness, curiosity, courage, resilience, ethics, and leadership. The fourth and final dimension is meta learning, which focuses on reflection and adaptation. We work with each student to examine her own thinking and adapt to learn in a way that works best for her mind. This results in powerful growth.
The Roland Park Country School Middle School equips each girl for success. Our students celebrate their own strengths as well as those of their classmates because they understand that we’re stronger when we work together. Students enter the Upper School with grit and grace, and they are armed with the skills and understanding that they will need to step into leadership roles, not just for personal gain, but for the greater good. What the world needs is for girls to lead the way.
Becoming student athletes, regardless of athletic aptitude or ability, and representing their school in interscholastic competitions.
Embracing the outdoors and bonding with their classmates on annual camping trips.
Participating in national STEM competitions.
Selecting elective classes based on individual interests.
Performing on stage in our yearly Middle School musical.
Leading community-service initiatives to support local organizations serving people in need.
Character Education: Grit and Grace
Middle School Head Verna Mayo uses two words to paint a picture of the RPCS Middle School: Grit and Grace. These aspirational qualities are woven into Middle School life through advisories, morning meetings, clubs, classes, and extracurriculars. Our students are encouraged to show resilience and strength by learning from mistakes and moving forward. They are reminded to demonstrate poise by respecting themselves and others, by being honest in all that they say and do, and by encouraging different voices and opinions. Our Middle Schoolers understand that the well-being of the community must, at times, come before the desires of the individual. Our girls leave our Middle School with a solid moral compass, prepared to see the good in others as well as themselves, and ready to thrive and lead in our Upper School.