Welcome from Division Head Ryan Jefferson
I couldn’t be prouder of the compassionate, poised, intelligent, committed learners and thinkers who graduate from our Middle School. In grades 6-8, just as we do throughout our program, we carefully balance your child’s intellectual preparation with social and emotional development—because we’ve seen, year after year, how powerfully each side supports and enhances the other.
That combination proves even more essential during the transformative Middle School years, as your child grows into a teenager, and academic and personal choices take on greater significance. So we’ve created a comprehensive program that cultivates all the excitement, energy, and possibility of this pivotal time—fully preparing your child for high school while guiding your whole family, step-by-step, through the outplacement process.
Whether debating a political issue in the classroom, portraying a character on stage, running for Student Council, competing on a soccer team, or serving breakfast at a soup kitchen, Langley Middle Schoolers are laying the academic, social, and emotional foundation for their future. Guided and inspired by award-winning faculty members who are experts in early adolescence, students stretch and grow beyond their highest expectations. They do original research, enhancing their critical and analytical abilities; create real-world, technologically sophisticated solutions through design thinking; and deepen their collaborative skills with group projects. They gain confidence and maturity through service, build resilience by experiencing failure as well as success, and learn the value of friendship and sportsmanship—and the lesson that you don’t always need to be out in front to lead.
I hope you’ll want to learn more about our program. You can review the essential components, listed below, and then link to more information about our campus life. I also warmly invite you to visit our new state-of-the-art Middle School building and—even better—meet our enthusiastic and talented students, teachers, and staff members.
I look forward to sharing our school with you.
- Our experiential, inquiry-based curriculum
- Our new Middle School building
- State-of-the-art technologies integrated into the curriculum
- Numerous leadership opportunities
- Increasingly intensive foreign language instruction
- A wide variety of electives
- Team sports
- Ongoing service learning projects
- Frequent day and overnight trips
- A robust array of fine arts classes
- A carefully designed outplacement process
- An intensive advisory program
- Langley’s invigorating and fun STEAM challenge
Our experiential, inquiry-based curriculum challenges students to engage deeply in independent critical thinking and sophisticated analysis of complex material. Your child develops the specific intellectual, collaborative, and technology skills all students need for the next leg of their academic journey.
State-of-the-art technologies integrated into the curriculum—including a 1:1 iPad program, Chromebook and Mac Air programs, multi-platform laptops, and an Innovation Lab with a 3-D printer—ensure that your child uses technology as an effective learning tool, rather than an end in itself. Children create digital portfolios, complete a digital citizenship program to learn online responsibility, and build foundational computer science skills.
Increasingly intensive foreign language instruction shapes your child as a true citizen of the world. While Spanish forms part of the curriculum starting in preschool, by Middle School students speak with notably greater comfort and fluency in Spanish, French, and/or Chinese, with many earning gold and silver honors in national competitions.
A carefully designed outplacement process, offering individual counseling, test prep classes, and mock interviews, guides your eighth-grader to confidently choose and apply to best-fit high schools, creating a powerful reset point as your child enters high school. The division head works closely with area high schools to help find the right place for each student, and advocates for all Langley students with the schools of their choice.
An intensive advisory program, in which students work with the same teacher over three years, forms deep bonds of trust as students navigate this exciting period of personal and academic growth. Students build close relationships with the advisor and fellow students, sharing experiences, insights, concerns, and triumphs as they look toward high school and young adulthood.