At the GDS Middle School, we cultivate a safe, inclusive environment where students are supported in taking positive risks during this critical intellectual and social phase of development. Our coursework and extracurricular activities encourage students to be curious, engaged, and productive. Students are challenged to develop their intellectual power and natural gifts as they connect what they learn in the classroom with their experience in the wider world.
By the Numbers
Performing ArtsOne quarter of the student body participates in the musical, as it offers opportunities for connection across grades, leadership, and engagement across various interests, including theater tech, performing arts, studio arts (props, sets, and costumes), and musical theater.
UNDERSTANDING ISSUESAs part of their study of constitutional issues in history, 8th Graders participate in Hill Day, an annual visit to Capitol Hill and local think tanks to meet with lawmakers and lobbyists to discuss policy, and understand both sides of an issue.
STEAM FocusStudents engage in real-world, hands-on learning through projects such as our annual STEAM Day, which brings together members of our community for a day devoted to science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics.
Social JusticeEvery February, our students participate in—and often lead—activities to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. during our MLK Social Justice Teach-in Days.
TELLING THEIR STORYSixth graders present their Family Box Project every May, showcasing curated family stories represented through priceless artifacts including recipes, letters, photos, clothing, and awards and then tucked in unique boxes.
Student VoicesStudent voice is treasured at the Middle School. From spring student-led parent-teacher conferences to the dozens of student-generated clubs, opportunities exist across the year.
innovation & technology
The innovation and technology signature programs are 5th grade 3D printing, 6th grade robotics, 7th grade terra-mapping, and 8th grade wind turbines, where students use advanced computer science skills to solve real-world, tangible problems.
Power ProjectAfter a year-long study of revolutions, 7th graders demonstrate their knowledge in The Power Project, presented through art, dramatic performances, and written projects.
- All students take a language with a choice of Spanish, French, or Mandarin.
The arts play a big part in a GDS Middle School education. All Middle School students have a chance to develop their skills or deeply pursue their artistic passions, whether in music and dance through our award-winning programs, in our exceptional theater productions, or in our unbeatable visual arts courses (follow LMS Visual Arts on Instagram)
All 7th and 8th Graders participate in interscholastic athletics as part of their academic day.
- CEEL is built into the Middle School curriculum.
- All Middle School students take multi-day grade-level overnight trips that build community, cultivate confidence, and extend learning beyond the school walls.
- Each student benefits from a small group advisory, where they develop connections with students and their advisor. The advisor serves as the point person for the student and family for all matters.
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Our granddaughter just started at GDS. Every day she tells us how much she enjoys the learning that is occurring there.Grandparent of Student '27
What do I love about GDS? Its commitment to social justice, the unparalleled academics, and the incredible people that make up the community.Alum '09
My children have grown into confident, capable, and accomplished young people who are willing to ask questions, challenge popular beliefs, and look for ways to make the world better for those around them.GDS Parent '15 & '23
Thank you GDS for your excellent and inspiring educational program.Grandparent of Students '28 & '30
We will always look back fondly on the time our family spent at GDS, when we were able to share in the warm and generous spirit of the community.Parent of Former Students