Why Middle School?

The middle school years mark a significant time in a young person’s life. It is when students develop – physically, emotionally, and intellectually – at a pace rivaled only by their first few years of life. At Phoenix Friends School, we have created an intentionally warm and nurturing community which honors and celebrates this exciting age. For that reason it is our exclusive focus.

During this time, growth is dynamic, both across peer groups and within each student. Middle schoolers learn and develop at their own pace, following a schedule that cannot be rushed. We embrace this, striving to meet every student exactly where they are on any particular day.

As a middle school, we offer engaging, developmentally appropriate instruction that consistently places realistic demands on our students. We fold that within an encompassing framework of social and emotional support grounded in Quaker values. The result: Our students are encouraged and empowered to make tremendous intellectual and personal advances.

At PFS, we believe in the distinctive value of the middle school experience and have made the positive choice to work solely with students in fifth through eighth grades. Our teachers possess subject area expertise yet are middle school specialists first, motivated by an interest and enthusiasm for working with students at this age.

By choosing to be a middle school only, we are able to support lasting, healthy growth for our students during these important years while providing a strong academic foundation for high school and beyond.