Germantown Academy welcomed author and educator Matthew Landis to speak with the Middle School on Wednesday, September 28, in the Honickman Auditorium.
MIDDLE School Stories
The Class of 2026 Science Fair, an annual event for the 8th Grade, was held on May 25 in the Field House. There were 115 science fair projects, the most of any previous years, and more than 50 winners.
On Tuesday, June 7, Germantown Academy's Middle School, led by Jonas Jeswald, held its final assembly on Connor Quad to honor a number of students for excellence in academics, character, and service, and also said goodbye to the Class of 2026.
Welcome to Middle School!
6th – 8th Grade
Middle School at GA, in its purist form, is a series of moments that create opportunities for transformational experiences: sixth graders explore an author in-depth during their author study project; seventh graders travel to Boston; eighth graders immerse themselves in complex and detailed science fair projects. Students lead divisional morning meetings, ski together on Friday afternoons, and participate in community service; advisees develop important relationships with their advisor and learn to become self-advocates who are active participants in their learning; athletes participate, defend and score; artists and actors practice, perform and exhibit…the list could go on and on.
Ask a faculty member at Germantown Academy why he or she teaches in our Independent Middle School, you're liable to hear some form of this response: "I love the students, their energy, and the substance of the middle school years." Ask a GA Middle School student what he or she loves most about GA and the response most often is: "my teachers." What you find when you enter our halls are powerful student-teacher relationships that result in active, engaged learners who are immersed in the process of becoming independent, confident, compassionate, collaborative and honorable human beings.
"Lead Lab" is a required seventh grade course that meets once a rotation during second semester. After learning about the qualities of a good leader and the importance of being a good follower, students work in small groups to support the needs of an organization in the local community.
1:1 Tablet PC Program
The 1:1 tablet initiative provides our students with engaging access to the world and enhanced communication with their teachers. In addition to working on the tablets in every class and taking them home each night, students also take a Technology course once per rotation.
At the end of her shadow day I asked my daughter how she felt, and the word she used was "uplifted."– Christin K., Lower Gwynedd
I will never forget that, coming from a fifth-grader at the time. I knew then that GA was the right place for her.
In her two years here, she has taken advanced classes and even had a semester of straight A's. She is definitely where she needs to be.
Every year on December 6, Middle School students recognize the founding of the school, which took place in 1759. Students sing the alma mater and take a class photo in the shape of the school's age using a drone.
Learning doesn't just take place in the classroom; yearly grade-level trips allow students to practice team-building and witness history come to life.
Held on a Friday in late May, Greek Day is a day of class bonding where Middle School students compete as city-states in a series of mental and physical challenges.