Walden Middle School
Middle school can be such a confusing time. With one foot in childhood and another in the teenage world, life can seem overwhelming. At Walden, we recognize students need a warm, encouraging environment as they navigate these rocky waters. The teacher/student ratio at Walden allows each instructor to guide students on a personal level and one-to-one mentorship is part of the daily schedule. Bullying is absolutely forbidden, and Walden students pride themselves in creating a community that embraces diversity and individual expression.
The International Baccalaureate MYP Program begins in middle school. This internationally renowned model empowers students to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally. The result is young people who are creative, critical and reflective thinkers. The MYP curriculum framework comprises eight subject groups: language acquisition, language and literature, individuals and societies, sciences, mathematics, arts, physical and health education, and design. Ethical behavior and service to the community are all essential parts of the MYP program that providing a broad and balanced education for early adolescents.
Research shows that students participating in the MYP:
- build confidence in managing their own learning
- learn by doing, connecting the classroom to the larger world
- outperform non-IB students in critical academic skills
- thrive in positive school cultures where they are engaged and motivated to excel
- develop an understanding of global challenges and a commitment to act as responsible citizens.
(See the IB website for supporting data)
At Walden, middle school students are given the opportunity to travel, both locally, nationally, and internationally—taking yearly trips to Southern Utah, Mexico, and Northern California. Afterschool clubs of all types are available afterschool, as well as homework and math labs. Our teaching community inspires our students to develop their passions, academic independence, and personal success.