Middle School Teams
At RPCS, we understand that Middle School is time of transition. To help our students navigate the journey from childhood to adolescence, we assign each of them an advisory led by a faculty advisor, who is a member of our grade level teams. These smaller groups provide safe spaces for our girls to ask questions, form bonds, try new things, and become comfortable and confident in our REDS community.
Sixth Grade Team
Wayfinding: Navigation and Independence
The first year in Middle School is one where students build a foundation for the years to come. Sixth graders are the wayfinders navigating new classrooms, schedules, and what it means to be a Middle Schooler at RPCS. Through wayfinding, students gain a sense of independence both personally and academically as they begin to develop a deeper connection to the larger world. This is the year we focus particularly on the RPCS core value to live healthy and be well. Sixth graders start the year with a roller skating mixer with other Baltimore independent schools as a way to connect with peers far and wide. They will end the year with an overnight camping trip to Echo Hill as a way to put their wayfinding skills to the test as they orient themselves and navigate new and different environments.
In the seventh grade, we focus on belonging, while teaching students increased self-advocacy. We have a curricular focus on identity and community. Students are introduced to the Gore Leadership Institute and can take on student leadership roles. We also focus on social-emotional learning and how to work with others, as well as the core values of building each other up and seeking and embracing diversity. Students go camping at Calleva in the spring, and RPCS hosts the first area school mixer in the fall.
Advocating: Voice and Choice
The eighth grade does not waste any time bringing on the fun. We always begin the school with a trip off campus that includes games, ice breakers and sweet treats! The great rite of passage in the eighth grade is delivering a speech to the whole Middle School during Morning Meeting. Students are assigned a date and a mentor and begin preparing their speeches with guidance in English class. Students also have many opportunities for leadership positions. We also spotlight the eighth grade class every month on their Special Day, which coincides with their graduation year (the Class of 2028's special day is on the 28th of every month, or the school day closest to that date).