The middle school at MTS includes our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. We often refer to our 5th graders as the leaders of the lower school and encourage ways in which they can act as mentors and advocates for the younger students on campus. Each year we grow the 5th grade class by adding several new students. We grow the 6th grade class by adding approximately 7-12 new students each year. An MTS middle school education emphasizes academic rigor, and supports lifelong learners who graduate well prepared for high school while remaining young at heart. Our students are taught not just what to learn, but how to learn, as well as how to give back, contribute, and help improve communities and the world.
The opportunity to be a role model to students on campus as young as five years old sets a completely different behavioral bar for developing teenagers. Our middle school students delight in the relationships they develop with younger students on campus through our Buddy Bear program and being student leaders on campus. While taking on leadership roles, we also encourage the space and time to enjoy childhood, to experience joy, to delight in our campus, and play.
Class sizes grow to 36 in middle school. While this provides a larger social pool for each of the middle school grades, MTS middle schoolers can expect to be taught in groups of 18 students or fewer, depending on the subject.
Our middle school program also emphasizes the importance of building strong relationships with teachers, learning to speak up and ask questions, engage in spirited debate, and use voice and choice to pursue passion projects.
At MTS, we work hard to ensure all members of our community – students, faculty, staff, and families – feel a strong sense of belonging, while also recognizing and celebrating our individuality.
We seek to honor and celebrate the diversity of our community by utilizing an age-appropriate, cross-curricula approach. Students of all ages explore and investigate various topics, including gender, race, ethnicity, religion, immigration, ableism, human rights, family structures, and socioeconomic structure.
We Keep Kids Young
MTS graduates possess a mature innocence and are confident without being cocky. We believe that our small size, our close student-teacher relationships, and opportunities for the oldest students to connect with our youngest students in meaningful ways helps our students grow up without hurrying up.
It is our goal to graduate caring, creative, and conscientious students, who are ready to improve our world.
Our Technology Approach
Our approach to technology use is simple: that it should be intentional, not ubiquitous. We embrace technology on a daily basis, while also recognizing the need to place healthy boundaries on technology use and emphasize the importance of in-person connection and outdoor play.
We have a strict no cell phone use policy on campus, honored by both students and teachers. Our policy doesn't end with the last bell: If students need to call home, they go to the front office and ask permission to use the school phone.
Uniforms Level the Playing Field
An 8th grade student once said to our Head of School, "We love to complain about the uniforms, but we actually really like them."
Our uniform allows our students to focus on what is really important, and saves time getting ready in the morning! Students are quicker to see the person rather than the brand labels they are wearing.
Middle School Program
MTS has established a history of very strong high school placement. Bay Area independent and parochial schools, boarding schools, and Marin County public schools are well informed about the strength of our academic, social-emotional, and co-curricular programs. We partner with families at every step in the high school application process, and emphasize finding high schools that best fit each student.
For more information on our High School Counseling Program, including program features, timelines, testimonials, and a list of high schools our graduates have recently matriculated to, please visit our High School Counseling page.