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5 Reasons to Attend the EB Middle School

Blog Type:  Middle School
Date Posted:  Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Being well-intentioned adults, we want the best for our children, and we begin to think about high school placement, our children’s readiness for college, and our long-term hope for a stellar professional path! As you ponder what might be the best program for your child, I want to offer five reasons why your child should attend the EB Middle School.

Rigorous academics

Your child has been learning in a bilingual environment for a number of years now, and has acquired many skills in elementary school. At the end of 5th grade, our students are fluent readers, clear communicators, deep thinkers, and capable problem-solvers. They are ready to use these skills in greater depth, in much more sophisticated ways, to take them to the next level.

Still following an aligned French-American curriculum, the Middle School challenges students with a new routine, new teachers, one new language, and all of that at a faster pace. They take part in amazing programs, such as World Savvy (more about this program), TEdxYouth, and National History Day, to name a few.

Students also have many opportunities to become young leaders and be engaged in their communities, thanks to the many clubs and councils available.

A consolidated French language

Becoming a bilingual student is not a small task. It takes many years of perseverance and hard work. And ending the bilingual experience at grade 8 rather than grade 5 enables very different outcomes. These last three years at EB are key to consolidating the French language and taking it to the next level—from fluent to bilingual!

By 8th grade, the children are not only older and more mature but they use their language skills for deep thinking, debating, sharing opinions, writing more complex stories, and reading more advanced books.

In 8th grade, students pass the Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française (DELF) exam (photo), which renders them eligible to pursue higher education in France. This diploma also helps students place higher in advanced placement (AP) and language classes (French 4) in high school.

At the end of Middle School, our students are bilingual, bicultural, and biliterate!

The right size

With just under 100 students, our Middle School generally has two classes at each grade level. We have found this to be an ideal size for students going through the sometimes difficult period of adolescence.

The teenage years can be emotionally and mentally challenging for students, but at EB, no student falls through the cracks. The teaching and student support teams know every student in the Middle School, providing a safe, friendly, and comfortable atmosphere during a time of significant growth and development.

A smooth transition

When students stay at EB for Middle School, the transition is very smooth. They enter 6th grade with other students they know, and they benefit from the continuity between the teaching teams of the two campuses.

Teachers from both the Lower and Middle Schools meet regularly throughout the year to ensure a logical progression in curriculum, and Lower School students are familiar with Middle School life thanks to regular events like the Maker Faire (photo), classrooms visits, and dances. At the EB Middle School, your child is in familiar territory.

Stellar high school placement 

At EB, 95 percent of students get into their first choice of high school. This impressive number is directly connected to the efforts of EB’s high school placement counselor, Douglas Gostlin. As the school counselor for students starting in 5th grade, Douglas knows the children well and helps them navigate the ’tween and teenage years.

Thanks to his knowledge of each student, he is able to guide them well when the high school application process starts in 7th grade. He involves every family in this important decision, meeting with students and their parents to gauge priorities, understand preferences, and educate them about the options after EB. Learn more about where our students graduate