What Sets Stanley Middle School Apart?
Stanley's Middle School is unique in its student-centered approach and focus on meeting the specific needs of young adolescents. In collaboration with teachers in a small student-to-teacher ratio, students develop ambitious learning goals drawing on individual interests and curricular objectives.
Our program integrates concepts across subject areas to develop a student's cross-disciplinary skills. Students attend subject matter classes in grade-specific sections, while 6th, 7th and 8th graders work side-by-side in team-taught, advisor-led homerooms.
"Stanley taught me many things, but the most important is the power of having an inquisitive mind. Rather than simply memorizing facts, Stanley showed me the best way to learn is hands-on and minds-on, asking questions and searching for answers yourself. "
—Stanley Graduate '13
Our Middle School capitalizes on the framework of subject-specific guiding questions to focus students' learning. Highlights of these questions include:
6th Grade (Humanities): How is a story influenced by its storyteller?
7th Grade: How do I capture my thinking in both reading and writing?
8th Grade: How can I determine the important universal themes in human experience that can be derived from a wide range of literature?
6th Grade: How do I apply math knowledge to real-world problems?
7th Grade: How do I know if I truly understand a mathematical concept?
8th Grade: What strategies can I use to become an effective problem solver?
6th Grade: What is my role in the universe?
7th Grade: What makes something exist?
8th Grade: What makes you, YOU?
6th Grade (Humanities): Who has a voice? Whose voice matters?
7th Grade: What does it mean to be an American?
8th Grade: What is my role as a member of a nation in promoting and supporting democracy in the world?
Teachers expertly attuned to learning needs of adolescents
Strong social and emotional support
Engaging and compelling integrated study units
Meaningful relationships between teacher and student marked by deep respect
Progressive academic rigor focused on effective high school preparation
Head of Middle School Greg Chalfin brings deep experience as an upper school dean, English teacher, coach and faculty advisor. He has a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver and is closing in on an EdD from the University of Northern Colorado. Part of Stanley British Primary's philosophy expresses that ‘education should be focused on personal growth, fulfillment and care for others.’ That statement embodies the core of Greg’s educational philosophy and is where he turns his focus in our Middle School. He writes our Middle School blog "Learn Do Become."
Prepared for High School and Beyond
Stanley's graduates excel in Denver's public high schools honors, AP and IB programs, as well as private and independent high schools, where acceptance rates over the past 10+ years range between 70 and 80 percent. Our emphasis is on helping students develop into self-aware self-advocates - and guidance counselors and teachers confirm Stanley graduates demonstrate a high level of engagement and leadership in their secondary programs.