Middle school students are daily encouraged to take new risks and to try new endeavors. They are further urged, in reflection journals, in advisory or team discussions, and in one-on-one conversations to express their feelings and their needs honestly, responsibly and respectfully. They are often given the opportunity to make decisions and to act independently, and they also assume the responsibility of being accountable for their academic and behavioral choices.
Our goal while developing the middle school at FXW was to not only adopt the principles of the middle school model, developed by the National Middle School Association, but also to integrate these characteristics into the affirmation-based philosophy of Frances Xavier Warde School. Our dream was to continue not only the excellence and rigor of academics into the middle school, but also the compassion and respect for the uniqueness of each child as well.