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Middle School: Grades 4 through 6

BCD’s Middle School students develop important study habits and practice critical learning skills. It is our goal to develop independent learners, who take the initiative with tasks and work responsibly and enjoy a sense of accomplishment. Class discussions include a variety of topics such as respect, responsibility, courage, value-systems, decision-making, tolerance, excellence, success, manners, and service.

View and/or download: Middle School Program of Study

Middle School Teachers

* Grade 4
Homeroom Teachers: Mr. Renkert and Mrs. Hilliard
Art: Ms. Sicurella
French: Ms. Barlow
Humanities: Mr. Renkert
Integrated Studies: Mr. Renkert
Math: Dr. Lederman
Music: Mrs. Hilliard
PE: Mrs. Heady
Science: Mr. Gore
Shop: Mr. Katz
Spanish: Sra. Velez

* Grade 5
Homeroom Teachers: Dr. Lederman and Mr. Fawcett
Art: Ms. Sicurella
English: Dr. Lederman
French: Mr. Kalodner
History: Dr. Lederman
Integrated Studies: Mr. Perkins
Math: Mr. Douglas
Music & Chorus: Mrs. Hilliard
PE: Mrs. Heady
Science: Mr. Gore
Shop: Mr. Katz
Spanish: Sra. Velez

* Grade 6
Homeroom Teachers: 
Mr. Perkins and Mrs. Fawcett
Art: Ms. Sicurella
English: Mr. Kalodner
French: Ms. Barlow
Geography: Mrs. Pitcher-Hoffman
Integrated Studies: Mr. Kalodner
Latin: Mrs. Fawcett
Math: Mr. Perkins
Music & Chorus: Mrs. Hilliard
PE: Mrs. Heady
Science: Mr. Gore
Shop: Mr. Katz
Spanish: Sra. Velez

Middle School Highlights

  • Students change classrooms and buildings throughout the day for classes with teachers specialized in their subject.
  • Students have the option of continuing their French studies or switching to Spanish.
  • French and Spanish classes conducted in the target language.
  • Latin added in sixth grade as the second required language.
  • English classes stress classics and writing skills, with extensive reading from a variety of unabridged classic books and frequent writing assignments.
  • Social Studies program focuses on exploration and discovery, ancient cultures, U.S. History, and global, political, and cultural geography and history.
  • Rich and extensive Arts program – visual, woodworking, ceramics, graphic arts, chorus, instrumental bands, and theater.
  • Laboratory-based science program, emphasizes scientific methodology, including conducting experiments, taking notes, and documenting the scientific process.
  • Math curriculum focuses on numerical, algebraic, and geometric foundations, offering a solid preparation for algebra in Grades 7-8.
  • Extended, curriculum-based field trips begin in Grade 5.
  • Team sports begin in Grade 4 and include soccer, basketball, alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, and lacrosse.
  • Theater workshops offered in Grades 4-6.
  • Students are assigned advisors, who guide and monitor their advisees’ academic and personal progress.