Walker's Middle School program is designed to prepare students to accept increasing responsibility for class preparation, employment of effective study skills, organizational skills, and personal involvement in their own education. We seek to support students in making the transition from childhood to adolescence by helping them recognize the connections between actions and consequences, effort and achievement, perseverance and accomplishment of goals.
All courses are planned with the goals of helping students develop and refine the basic skills of reading, writing, listening, and mastering math concepts. At every grade level we seek to promote increasingly sophisticated cognitive and affective development. Students are taught to analyze and solve problems. They learn to use research skills, assess facts, analyze data, formulate conclusions, and summarize findings. As students progress through the three years of Middle School, they participate in a series of classroom activities designed to promote maturation of reasoning skills and to encourage them to advance from concrete to abstract thinking as they are developmentally ready to do so.