Thriving Through Adolescence

andrea Jewish Day School, Jewish Learning, Middle School, Mirowitz Community

Ready or not, your child will one day enter adolescence!

As you may remember from your own youth, middle school years are especially delicate ones. Adolescents undergo rapid physical, cognitive and social transformation. They begin to think abstractly, cement attitudes about learning, and look to their peers to shape their values and self-worth. That’s why we have designed our program not only to deliver top-tier academics, but also to respond to the emotional, physical, spiritual and social needs of young teens.

We created our program with these factors in mind:

Independence: Middle school students thrive when they are given choices, opportunities to interact across grade-levels, and to show leadership. The Middle School schedule allows them to choose electives courses, art classes and t’fillah chugim (prayer services twice a week).

Power: In early adolescence, children seek ways to use their words and actions to influence others. At Mirowitz, we purposefully integrate opportunities for our students to exert their power to do good. We begin the year with a social justice trip with a rotating theme: hunger and poverty, civil rights and the environment. The lessons of each trip are carried forward through student-led projects. We light a fire in them to fix a global problem, and give them support to affect change.

 

Leadership: Middle School students serve on Va’ad Chesed (our student council), on school committees, act as counselors on elementary overnights, and lead all parts of t’fillot regularly. They are exposed to all the academic subjects as well as to the arts and Judaic studies, so that they can find their passion.

There are no do-overs in life…but if there were, I’d enroll myself in Mirowitz’s amazing Middle School.

If you have a child nearing middle school age, or if you simply want to see that all you hear is true, join us December 4 at 8:30 a.m. for Middle School Open House!

Shabbat Shalom,

Cheryl