Junior High

Welcome to Junior High!
Teachers: Rachel Boyden and Tim Hayes with Matt Chapman and Nancy Schwartz-Angell
Junior High Weekly Newsletters and Homework

The 7th and 8th grades are commonly known as the Junior High, but the classroom more closely resembles a one-room schoolhouse than the locker-lined hallways of a typical junior high school. It is a small program with big ideas.

About our Program:

Portfolios & Student-led Conferences
In order to show what they have learned and demonstrate skills they have acquired, students keep portfolios of their work organized by these realms of learning: knowledge, problem solving, communication, personal development and civic/social responsibility. To graduate, 8th-graders must present their portfolio to a panel and justify adequate learning in these five realms. Throughout this process, finished work is critiqued and revised, with an emphasis on self-evaluation.  Twice a year, all students present their portfolios to their parents at student-led conferences.

A highlight of every year is the March cabaret of dramatic and comedic scenes, improvisations, and musical performances at Marlboro College’s Whittemore Theater. The scenes and one-act plays allow every student to have a major part. The professionally written scripts – most for and about teenagers – are selected by the students from the many we read. They co-direct their scenes, design the costumes, props, and set, and some get to work with the college’s computerized lighting system! We study script writing in writing class, and some student work has been produced.

Field Research
Marlboro School has its own buses—and a JH teacher with a license to drive! This allows us to extend the walls of the classroom. In addition to local field trips to augment our curriculum, the Junior High takes a major trip each spring: Washington, DC every other year; other destinations have included London, Montreal, Dominican Republic, and Costa Rica. These trips include research and community service: to the DR we brought hands-on science lessons to a local school and helped a building project at an orphanage; to CR we brought a play about fair trade coffee and helped a community irrigation project.