The Middle School at Newman is a dynamic community of teachers and learners focused on meeting the needs of individual students in order to help them to become their best. We challenge our students to be contributors to the Newman and greater communities, to develop themselves as life-long learners and leaders, and to learn to work outside their comfort zones. This takes place in an environment where each student is appreciated as an individual and supported by faculty members who understand well this developmental stage in the life of a child.
Our rigorous curriculum and commitment to differentiated instruction allow us to challenge and support students, providing them with real and varied opportunities for growth in academics, the arts, and leadership. The 85% participation rate of our Middle School students in athletics is a testament to their openness to new experiences and their immersion in the leadership and collaborative opportunities that team sports present.
Our robust advisory program, which matches a group of 10-12 students with an adult for three years, aids in forging new relationships, developing student self-advocacy, and building and strengthening community. Advisory also functions as an arm of Student Support, and programs such as the Mission Skills Assessment help to guide this work. Our partnership with the Anti-Defamation League through its No Place for Hate program helps our students take action to better their school. Our unique and ground-breaking involvement with the ADL’s A World of Difference Institute allows us to create and deploy a curriculum that builds empathy and is action-oriented.
Students have formal opportunities for leadership, among them being the Middle School Student Advisory Board and the Difference Committee. Informal opportunities for leadership exist through advisory and clubs, or are driven by the passions of individual students.
The dynamism of the Newman Middle School shows in the emphasis on project-based learning (the Cultural Emporium and the NPR Stories Program) in our many educational trips (NOMA Mythology Scavenger Hunt and the National World War II Museum), our partnership with the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, as well as overnight trips to Percy Quin State Park and the Mountain Trail Outdoor School at Kanuga. In the Newman Middle School, students truly do “learn to do by doing.”
The best way to learn about the Middle School is to experience it firsthand. Please come in for a visit!
Head of Middle School