Students create portfolios throughout Middle School that include journal entries and examples of their work. In each of their classes, they’re asked to reflect and self-assess: how was their time management for a particular project, for example, or why they are proud of an assignment, or what frustrated them. They focus on their personal growth, rather than comparing themselves to others—contributing to an atmosphere of collaboration rather than competition.
Sixth and seventh grade students present their portfolios and share their goals for the future with their parents and advisors in a 20-minute conference in late April. Eighth grade students are empowered to think critically and host an extended discussion reflecting on their Middle School experience as a whole as they look ahead to Upper School, ending their three years with a strong sense of improvement and accomplishment.