At Gordon children are allowed to be children, in the best possible sense, until they graduate from eighth grade. During these critical eleven years, Gordon students take more risks, try more activities, and grow into confident, empathic, and engaged leaders.
The scale of the school allows for continuity throughout the academic program. Transitions between grades, and divisions, are handled with great care and communication, creating a path for each child where they are supported by the adult community and challenged in age-appropriate ways.
The nursery to eighth grade structure allows Gordon to connect children across age levels, promoting a schoolwide sense of community, and making key social skills like empathy and kindness part of the day-to-day experience. Every year, each second, third and fourth grader is paired up with a younger student for a variety of activities from September to June. In Middle School, fifth through eighth graders come together regularly through electives, assemblies, and extracurricular activities such as athletics, music and theater.
The Middle School students are Gordon’s oldest, and their experience recognizes that fact. In student government, on-campus service learning, and in mixed-grade projects, Middle School students discover many ways to be a leader.
Without high school students on campus, Gordon’s Middle School students take more risks, try more activities, and acquire new interests and skills. Students work alongside a wide range of peers every day, and after school athletics and theater are open to all. By the time Gordon students graduate from eighth grade, they are self-assured individuals who have the confidence required to make full use of their academic skills in the years ahead.
Eighth grade, not Kindergarten, is the ideal time to select a high school that fits best. Gordon considers the transition to high school thoughtfully. With guidance from seasoned placement counselors, eighth graders reflect on their talents and skills in order to develop an individualized list of potential schools. Students practice interview skills and receive support throughout the process, from applications to the final decision.
Where do they go after Gordon?
Embracing young minds
We delight in the person a three-year-old is today: curious, joyful, expressive. Gordon‘s youngest students are important members of the community from the very start. This is a place where your child is valued not just for the high school or college student they might become one day. They are celebrated for what they bring to the community every day, beginning today.
Gordon specializes in the crucial, early years of childhood. Students are welcomed to a campus full of age-appropriate, flexible spaces tailored to their needs, a place where they know they truly belong.