Middle School is an exciting time of growth and change as students gain independence and explore the new possibilities and challenges that come with adolescence. Using research and best practices in the fields of gifted education and adolescent development, we designed a curriculum to address the specific needs of gifted adolescents and support our students on their journey. Our students are encouraged to ask questions, pursue their passions, and turn their ideas into reality. Intellectual curiosity and compassion are the defining characteristics of a Feynman School student, and our aim is to help those qualities grow as these learners advance through Middle School.
As students grow, the content must grow with them. Middle School students at Feynman School engage with complex real-world problems, tools, and materials that require them to think deeply, take risks, make connections, and put their intellect and creativity to work both in and out of the classroom. Our cross-disciplinary approach draws together content from across subject areas so that our students are able to weave a larger picture of their world. Feynman School’s low student-teacher ratio allows our teachers to facilitate student learning at any level so that students are always able take the next step in their learning trajectory. Our teachers and administrators participate in extensive professional development aimed specifically for gifted students to ensure that we are always offering the most up-to-date curriculum for advanced learners in all curricular subject areas.
At Feynman Middle School, gifted learners are continuously challenged in a supportive and nurturing environment so their love of learning is given space to flourish. Students explore who they are as they develop essential skills and literacies, make new discoveries, create authentic products, learn how to critically analyze the world, and practice self-directed learning. Adolescence is a time of self-discovery and self-reflection; our program places emphasis on these aspects of the learning process in addition to intellectual rigor in order to support our students as they explore their social and emotional worlds and discover who they want to be.