Ken E. Rogers
Head of Middle School
At their best, middle schools meet the unique
developmental needs of young adolescents. To that end, the Middle School
at Germantown Academy seeks to create an enriching learning environment that
values strong relationships within school and between school and home.
While working to ensure a smooth transition experience, middle school faculty
employ a wide range of pedagogical techniques, assessment strategies, current
research, outside-the-classroom experiences, and good old-fashioned compassion
and common-sense teaching to make sure our students are engaged, supported, and
challenged in an environment which encourages appropriate risk-taking,
exploring new areas of interest, and seeking to understand the perspectives of
Our teachers possess a genuine affinity for this age group and the
diversity of ability and physical and emotional development we find in them as
a group. At the same time we seek to know and appreciate our students as
individuals who have a distinct potential to fulfill.
Our commitment is not only to teach content in innovative and meaningful ways,
but also to teach and practice those skills, habits, and attitudes of learning
which serve our students well beyond their middle school years. Building
a student’s confidence in his or her ability to grow and develop in new or
challenging areas is critical during this time in their lives.
In addition, we partner with parents to craft and model relationships which
develop character; reinforce values; and create a sense of belonging,
connection, and responsibility to family, community, and the global society.
Helping students recognize that their lives and their choices—even at
this age—have impact and consequences, prepares them for citizenship wherever
their path may take them…home, classroom, performance stage, playing field,
service to community, and beyond.