The Blue School Connected Middle School program is guided by our collective commitment to truly knowing your individual children to support both their academic achievement and their growing sense of self.

Blue School Connected Middle School

The Blue School Connected Middle School program focuses on inquiry and deep understanding and provides a balanced and enriching day-to-day educational experience. We are guided by our collective commitment to truly knowing and seeing your individual children in order to support the development of their fullest potential. Our work is responsive to our ongoing observations of what students are sharing and creating, deepening the engagement and the work itself.

The Blue School Connected Middle School program is designed to harness the potential of adolescents to act on their ideas, pursue high levels of scholarship, and become more fully realized as people and learners.

Middle schoolers participate in a variety of courses that combine the individualized, inquiry-based approach of our Primary program with an intentional shift to greater depth of knowledge and research in core content areas. The curriculum includes daily independent work and long-term projects. Across all grades, the Expressive Arts adds richness and an important channel for self expression. All students will have the opportunity to engage in Studio Art, STEAM, Music, Movement, and/or Drama.

In grades 6 – 8, all courses are organized around “Ways of Thinking” and our dynamic balance between academic mastery, creative thinking, and self and social learning.

The success of the Blue School approach is highly evident in its graduates, who have been accepted to and are excelling at many of New York’s finest high schools.

See more information about our 2020-21 Middle School program here.

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Blue School Connected
Onsite + Online

Because the future is ever-changing, education must be fluid and responsive to the realities of our world. The Blue School Connected – Onsite + Online program expertly combines in-person and digital engagement to achieve our educational goals.

Onsite at Blue School allows our connected community of learners to come together in our downtown NYC campus for collaborative experiences and learning. Blue School is taking all health and safety regulations and facilities guidelines into account, adjusting class sizes, space planning, schedules and programming to prioritize the safety and wellbeing of our community.

Online learning is integrated throughout the year, seamlessly connecting the onsite and online experience.

When Online, a mix of apps and platforms will be utilized to engage students in learning, encourage frequent participation, allow for collaboration and expression of thinking, and support teacher feedback in real time.

The Blue School Connected – Onsite + Online Middle School program will focus on community and relationship building as students engage in Integrated Studies (Social Studies and Science combined), Math, Novels, STEAM, Spanish, Collective, Technology and PE. Students also participate in opt-in clubs and electives, process groups and more structured social opportunities.

Weekly collective classes, advisor check-ins, and regular office hours provide opportunities for one-on-one and small group instruction with teachers in different content areas.

Blue School Connected
Fully Online

Reimagining Education has always been a cornerstone of the Blue School ethos, and now it takes on even deeper meaning. We have embraced new technology for today’s current circumstances and educational needs. For families who prefer an at-home learning experience, the Blue School Connected – Fully Online program is an opportunity to engage in the most dynamic online learning program.

No matter where you and your family are located, Blue School Connected – Fully Online is an expertly crafted educational program that marries the ability to inspire learning with social and emotional growth.

Blue School has transformed online education into an interactive, academically challenging, creative and joy-filled experience that is responsive to the individual needs of students and their families.

The Blue School Connected – Fully Online Middle School program will focus on community and relationship building as students engage in Integrated Studies (Social Studies and Science combined), Math, Novels, STEAM, Spanish, Collective, Technology and PE. Blue School Connected – Fully Online students have full access to opt-in clubs and electives, process groups and more structured social opportunities.

A mix of apps and platforms will be utilized to engage students in learning, encourage frequent participation, allow for collaboration and expression of thinking, and support teacher feedback in real time.

Weekly collective classes, advisor check-ins, and regular office hours provide opportunities for one-on-one and small group instruction with teachers in different content areas.

No matter which Connected program you choose, your child and family will experience the hallmarks of a Blue School education.

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Community

We believe children’s learning is enhanced by a vital school-to-parent partnership. Blue School parents are dedicated collaborators in this unique educational experience.

Middle School students are also collaborators, participating in a robust array of social opportunities for engagement and relationship building, including electives and clubs that vary based on student interest.

The student-led Presentations of Learning are an opportunity for students to share, discuss, reflect on, and celebrate their work and learning. With an authentic audience of parents, educators, and content specialists, Presentations of Learning provide students with an opportunity to build and strengthen public speaking and presentation skills. The process of feedback and revision is normalized and embraced as guests ask questions that push the thinking and provide kind, specific, honest and helpful feedback.

“In middle school, we work to support students as they learn more about themselves, what they love and care about, and how to advocate for themselves and pursue justice, both in and out of school. We offer an academically rigorous experience, designed with many opportunities for collaboration, where teachers work with students to think flexibly, question carefully, reflect deeply, and effectively communicate their ideas. Students are engaged in a range of courses and activities where they develop strong skills, participate in rich discussions, and dive into engaging projects and creative pursuits.”

-Laurie Kardos, Director of Middle School Program

All Blue School Connected Middle School curriculum is organized by Blue School’s ‘Ways of Thinking’, which include:

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How do I make my voice impactful? What is my unique interpretation and how can I express it?
What did I learn about myself through this process? How can I deepen my work or thinking based on my own reflections or others’ feedback?
How do I know what I know? How do I know if a source is credible? What might the bias be?
How do I make my voice impactful? What is my unique interpretation and how can I express it?
What am I curious about? What do I need to know or do to move forward?
establishing voice

How do I make my voice impactful? What is my unique interpretation and how can I express it?

promoting reflection

What did I learn about myself through this process? How can I deepen my work or thinking based on my own reflections or others’ feedback?

using evidence

How do I know what I know? How do I know if a source is credible? What might the bias be?

taking perspective

How do I make my voice impactful? What is my unique interpretation and how can I express it?

asking questions

What am I curious about? What do I need to know or do to move forward?