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Middle & Upper School Programs

       Christen Mamenko
Middle/Upper School Head

 
Welcome to Millwood’s Middle and Upper School.  Our college preparatory program begins in sixth grade as students take courses that challenge the intellect, develop the body through our sports programs, and foster moral values through our Big 10 Code of Conduct and our mentoring program.
 
Students in middle school have the opportunity to earn high school credits through their mathematics, science, social studies, and world languages courses.  With no ceiling to the curriculum, students are able to take courses that will provide challenge to their academic careers. During their middle school years, students are introduced to Latin, French, and Spanish.  In addition, they are able to explore the arts, computer science, and music.
 
Millwood School is proud to have two specialty centers nestled in our upper school.  Our Entrepreneurial Studies program is a four-year program in which students will create a business concept, apply for a patent, explore marketing techniques, and, ultimately, launch their business. Students may also take part in the AP Capstone program, which provides students the opportunity to earn their first year of college credits during their time at Millwood School.  
 
Alongside our specialty centers, students have the ability to choose Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment courses, specialized art and music classes, a comprehensive computer science track, and world languages to round out their core requirements of English, mathematics, science, and social studies.
To complement our challenging academics, students are able to choose from a wide selection of extra-curricular clubs that range from Rock Band to Community Service to Coffee and Conversation, to our world language club.  Our students are also able to participate on sports teams that do not rely on tryouts - every student should have the opportunity to learn what it means to be a team player and demonstrate good sportsmanship. The curriculum is also enhanced by overnight trips to the Eastern Shore and Florida for ecology field work; France, Spain, and Italy for language immersion; and California for career and college exploration.

At the heart of Millwood School is our Big 10 Code of Conduct.  Every student from kindergarten to twelfth grade receives a conduct grade each quarter.  It is important for students to learn and demonstrate self-control, responsibility, and accountability to be successful when they graduate.  Our sixth through twelfth grade students are also paired with lower school students in a buddy-mentoring system. They are paired together throughout their years at Millwood School, and are able to see each other grow academically and personally.
 
We look forward to introducing new Bobcats into our Millwood family and thank you for exploring Millwood School.
 
Sincerely,
Christen Mamenko
Head of Middle/Upper School

Middle & Upper School Programs

SIXTH GRADE

Sixth grade is a time of change. For the first time, students have separate instructors in every subject area, and of course, lockers! Sixth grade students must learn to manage a varied homework load, navigate from classroom to classroom in a timely fashion, maintain notebooks and portfolios of work over months at a time, and keep pace with increasingly complex projects. Each student takes part in a “Life Time” class to master time management and organizational skills. Their Life Time teacher keeps a watch on progress and performance in all classes.
 

SEVENTH GRADE

Seventh grade is a time for students to engage in increased depth in their school work and classroom experiences. No longer the new students in middle school, they take on extra responsibilities and participate more actively in sports teams, school leadership, and classroom debates. Core values and the Big Ten Code for self-discipline are stressed as students become more responsible for their own choices.


EIGHTH GRADE

As leaders of our middle school, eighth graders are expected to utilize their status and skills to serve as positive role models for their peers. As they take on an increasingly diverse course load, they become prepared for the rigors of Upper School. This is also the time when college prep becomes a strong focus. We encourage students to be future-minded in every aspect of their academic and social lives.
 
 
Our schools are interconnected at Millwood - all students are
able to get to know one another without boundaries.
Upper School students partake in a variety of extra-curricular
activities that help compliment their classroom studies.
Two Upper School students interact with a kindergarten
student during their special buddy time.
Members of the Girls' Varsity Volleyball team leap into the
air to block the ball.

9TH-12TH GRADE

Upper School students enjoy individualized instruction and a richly textured, “no-ceiling” curriculum. This means there are no limits to the academics, clubs, and leadership opportunities available. We are capable of creating tailor-made offerings to help our students achieve their unique goals. From challenging AP courses to unique clubs, every element of our upper school program prepares students for college and beyond.

ACADEMIC TRACKS

  • College Preparation: An academic track tailored for students with very specific college goals.
  • Advanced Studies: A rigorous academic track that challenges and prepares students through advanced courses.
  • Entrepreneurial Studies Program: An interdisciplinary program that provides opportunities for students interested in starting or running their own business someday. Open to all rising 9th and 10th graders, students will have the opportunity to compete both individually or as teams in competitions designed specifically for students studying entrepreneurship. If your student is ready to think outside the box and create their own career, please click HERE for more information and an application for our Entrepreneurial Studies program.
  • AP Capstone: An innovative program that helps students stand out in the college admissions process by developing the critical skills needed to succeed in college and beyond. Two new courses that help comprise the Capstone program—AP Seminar and AP Research—allow students to immerse themselves in topics that matter to them, while they develop the analytic, research, problem-solving, and communication skills that colleges seek in their applicants. Please click HERE for more information on our AP Capstone program.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
 

MANAGEMENT SKILLS

Students will be armed with time management, financial management, and choice management skills that will enhance their future success. These skills will be mastered through direct classroom instruction, internships, and field experiences.
 

COMMUNITY SERVICE

We believe it is essential for students to demonstrate compassion, leadership, and genuine concern for their world. Each upper school student is required to perform 30 hours of community service each year.


AP SEMINAR COURSE

AP Seminar is a foundational course that engages students in cross-curricular conversations that explore the complexities of academic and real-world topics and issues by analyzing divergent perspectives. Using an inquiry framework, students practice reading and analyzing articles, research studies, and foundational, literary, and philosophical texts; listening to and viewing speeches, broadcasts, and personal accounts; and experiencing artistic works and performances. Students learn to synthesize information from multiple sources, develop their own perspectives in written essays, and design and deliver oral and visual presentations, both individually and as part of a team. Ultimately, the course aims to equip students with the power to analyze and evaluate information with accuracy and precision in order to craft and communicate evidence-based arguments.


ATHLETICS

Students may earn physical education credits by participating on a Millwood athletic team or through participation in outside activities. We help student-athletes find a healthy balance between their sport and schoolwork, ensuring success in both.
 

ENHANCEMENTS

Clubs and enhancement activities are offered as students' interests dictate. For this reason, they may vary from year-to-year. In addition, upper school students enjoy several trips with their peers that enhance the academic and social experience.

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