Northridge Middle School offers a unique education for boys.
At Northridge we seek to instill in students an enthusiasm for learning, to provide them with the skills they need to succeed in the world and academia, and to help them know themselves better, so that they are able to enter into high school with the habits necessary to become scholars and gentlemen.
By means of a curriculum tailored to meet the needs of adolescent boys, Northridge guides the students through these vital years with challenging work and constant encouragement. It is important during these years that boys learn to use their freedom in a way that strengthens their character and fosters true friendship. The personal development of each boy is an integral part of the school mission. All the students at Northridge are appointed a faculty advisor who assists the parents in the education of the whole person: morally, intellectually, and socially.
There is an adventurous quality to the education we offer. It is present in the approach our teachers practice. Middle School boys bring with them a lively spirit, and this spirit ought to be directed toward a genuine enthusiasm for learning. The teachers here create learning environments in which boys can thrive. Traditional approaches are blended with more active, dynamic styles: learning games and competitions, group projects, acting, tactile craft projects, audio and visual presentations, and computer-based projects. Alongside these more active approaches are the traditional methods of disciplined study, silent reading and reflection, essay writing, oral presentations, songs/ poems/speeches for recitation, and note-taking.
There are many opportunities for the boys to grow at Northridge. The Liberal Arts Curriculum is an introduction into the traditional academic disciplines (English, History, Math, Science, Religion, and Foreign Language) that will prepare them for further studies. All the teachers approach their subject matter with a view towards the personal development of each student, taking into account the various ways that boys learn, seeking to promote their talents, and challenging them in areas where they need the most help.
Michael Burns ’93
Head of Middle School