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Middle School

Middle School is a time of great change, both physically and emotionally. As Middle School educators, we shepherd children through this remarkable time of growth, opportunity, and discovery by honoring each student's curiosity, ingenuity, gifts, industriousness, and spirit. Our goal is not for students to 'win' Middle School, but to equip them for a life of meaningful purpose.
- Jonathan Chein, Head of Middle School

ESD's Middle School provides students with a supportive environment where they explore and develop their own intellectual, creative, and physical abilities while being a part of a community anchored in honor, respect, and integrity. As a college preparatory school, our commitment to academic rigor is a given. Our commitment to community, service, and integrity is what makes us ESD.

Students are challenged to think independently, embrace their love of learning, and act with moral and social responsibility within a life guided by faith.


Middle School Enrichment Trips

Experiences You Don't Want To Miss


Fifth-grade students have several class pets, including this hamster.

Visit our Directory to see more of our "Classroom Learning Assistants." 


Our advisory program helps create a unique environment in the ESD Middle School.

The advisory program is a cornerstone to the Middle School. Each advisory is comprised of 8-10 students and one faculty member. They attend chapel together each day and eat together at lunch. This time together allows the advisor to know as much as possible about their students and be the best advocate for each student.


Middle School computer instruction is to help students develop the necessary technology skills to be effective and productive in an increasingly digital world.

In Robotics courses, students build robots and program them using feedback from touch, light, sound, and ultrasonic sensors. This hands-on class allows the student to experiment with engineering design and research and development of a project to be presented at competition.



Our students are introduced classical technique training and the history of dance in Middle School. 

Students have the opportunity to showcase their talents at performances like "Arts in Motion," an interactive performance that takes place at different locations through campus.

Hear from the Middle School

Checking In from Colorado
Virginia, Hunt, & Cara '24

8th graders are having a blast on the annual trip to Colorado. 

New Sign, Same Great Place
Davis Felder '06: Assistant Director of Outdoor Education

Wolf Run got a new sign courtesy of the Classes of 2018 and 2026.

Strings Concert
Selam Mekbeb-Gillett '20

Students in Grades K -12 came together and performed their best pieces for the Strings showcase.