Middle School

It was an unbelievable moment—shouts of joy and anticipation coming through the trees as the last two sixth-grade hikers reached the summit of Bear Mountain, Connecticut’s tallest peak. As they clambered up the mountain’s north side, classmates who had already reached the top came back along the trail to cheer on their friends.

That moment, on a remote mountaintop, is middle school education at its best, and captures the Middle School experience at Foote. It’s about finding strength in a tough moment and then building on that experience, finding the next foothold, the next ounce of courage. It’s about being proud of themselves and at the same time cheering for others. It’s about the journeys we make as individuals, and those we make together.

Our Middle School faculty share a deep interest in working with each student to bring out the passions and talents that will allow them to find success on our campus and beyond. Each grade from 6 through 9 is designed to challenge students during that specific stage of their development, and ties into a larger curricular arc that supports their academic and emotional growth and prepares them for high school.

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Ninth Grade Year

Ninth grade is the capstone year of the Foote experience. It affords students a series of exceptional opportunities for academic and personal growth. High school-level courses include lab-based biology, Comparative Cultures, and a roundtable English class that focuses on literature analysis, personal essays, creative compositions, and poetry. They form close bonds as they support each other through a challenging and exciting year, from a retreat on Cape Cod, to the ninth-grade play, to the two-week Spain trip and Poetry Cabaret. Ninth graders assume leadership roles in every aspect of school life, allowing them to enter high school with greater confidence and academic readiness.

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Ninth grade at Foote School is a special experience that you cannot have at another school. I have realized that learning … is about pushing yourself. Doing it in a great environment is what makes it enjoyable. Ninth grade is a continuation of the environment that you love about Foote.

Head of Middle School Barrington Fulton, Jr.

Barry Fulton

Activities and Clubs

Middle School students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of elective extracurricular clubs that develop their passions and hone their skills. In their clubs, student can coordinate environmental cleanups, sing in chorus, design mobile apps, sponsor diversity-related events and much more. The clubs allow students to gain leadership experience and have fun while working together.