Middle School (Grades 7-8)
The broad mission of The Kildonan School is to empower students with dyslexia to reach their academic potential and to equip them for future success. Our students often come to us from educational experiences where they struggled to find success because that environment did not recognize their potential and/or know how to meet their needs. When they first come to us, many of our students are wary of challenging tasks. Often, their motivation is diminished. They must relearn that with effort and guidance they can successfully engage in academic activities. Our practice as educators, and how that practice reaches our students, is one of the most significant factors in helping our students reset the direct connection between effort and positive results.
Middle School Academics
The Kildonan Middle School strives to balance challenging curricular goals with an understanding of the unique intellectual, social, emotional, and physical needs of seventh and eighth graders with specific learning needs. In September, 2009. we redesigned building space to create a new home for the Middle School, providing a setting to forge its own identity and culture. The curriculum extends and expands upon the elementary program, featuring project-based, hands-on, multisensory learning that prepares our students for the academic demands of the challenging high school program. The Middle School program provides support, with an active advisory system, at the same time it encourages independence, with its own student government and opportunities for choosing among interscholastic sports and clubs. With a place and a program to call their own, Middle School students can spend their transitional years in a safe environment in which they can develop their skills, experience new ideas and social relationships, and discover their strengths.