Academics
Middle School | Gr. 6-8

Enrichment Programs

We Believe in Student Choice

Choice is an important part of helping our students develop ownership and personal investment in their education. Beginning in 6th grade we offer a number of enrichments and electives for students among which are four courses geared toward giving back through community service. Through this choice, our students explore their passions and interests, developing their own sense of identity both in and outside the classroom. 

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  • Electives

    Students may choose from a variety of elective courses including animation, band, chess, dance, drawing, computer coding, logic and games, outdoor education, puppet making, quilting, and robotics.
  • Physical Education

    The 6th Grade Intramural Sports and Physical Education program provides skill instruction and intramural competition in the following sports: soccer, volleyball, field hockey, flag football, basketball, lacrosse, and softball. Students will be introduced to floor hockey, futsal, tennis, ultimate frisbee, team handball, badminton, pickle ball, track and field, cricket, golf, archery, bowling and kickball.

    Fitness principles and weight-room instruction is also included in the curriculum. In addition, the students with participate in our annual Hoops for Heart event on behalf of the American Heart Association.

    7th and 8th graders will play interscholastic sports in the following seasons:
    • Fall: soccer, football, field hockey, or cross country. 
    • Winter: basketball or wrestling.
    • Spring: lacrosse, tennis, or track and field. 

    In addition to our interscholastic sports programs, we will offer skill instruction and intramural competition during the winter season through a sport rotation of floor hockey, basketball, team handball, badminton, pickle ball and a variety of fitness activities. Fitness principles and weight-room instruction is also included in the curriculum.
  • Service Learning

    Service Learning is immersed in various academic classes, but most significantly, the entire middle school participates in an introduction to what service learning means and its importance during “Get Acquainted Day” along with a half school day dedicated to Service in November. 
  • Design Thinking and Innovation

    Design thinking is a creative approach to designing meaningful solutions. In this class, students will engage in hands-on activities in order to explore the four majors themes in engineering; health, security, sustainability and joy of living. Students will work as engineers to apply their creativity and knowledge to better define, analyze and solve problems in the "real world." Through innovative problem solving, students will also develop skills in organization, time management and collaboration.
  • Health and Wellness

    Middle School Health and Wellness program supports the philosophy and mission of Severn School by helping to educate the whole child. The curriculum encompasses character education and its purpose is to help our students develop good social relationships. 

    No grades are assigned for Health and Wellness classes. They are are conducted in an informal manner in order to foster free-flowing discussion. The goal is to help students think constructively, make sound decisions, solve problems, access information, and take responsibility for their own lives.
  • Civility Seminars

    Over the past several years, the Middle School has focused on civility as a theme. In this enrichment, 6th grade students will be instructed in what civility is, examples of it in everyday life at Severn’s Middle School, how to cultivate civility by small actions in school, and what civility looks like as a Middle Schooler.

    The class will conduct this learning through case studies, where students will discuss and grapple with many civility dilemmas that appear in the lives of 6th graders. Students will be enrolled in this course for 4.5 weeks during the third or fourth quarter.
  • Study Skills

    This course focuses on maximizing learning by making the best use of: our minds, our habits, and the resources available at school. Students will cover topics such as strategies to study and remember information effectively, how to prioritize and plan in the short and long term, and routines and habits for organization. They will learn about the support available at Severn, such as regular study halls and extra help sessions with teachers. 

    Students will also practice advocating for themselves by communicating confidently and appropriately with their teachers. At the end of the quarter, students will leave armed with the tools and knowledge to take charge of their education.

Lower School

Preschool-Grade 5
Chesapeake Campus
1185 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd
Arnold, MD 21012

Upper School

Grade 6-12
Teel Campus
Severna Park, MD 21146