Each student has a faculty member who serves as his advisor. Each advisor is responsible for overseeing the academic, social, and emotional growth of approximately eight advisees. Advisors meet weekly with their advisory group and lead discussions that focus on a myriad of topics including: friendship, mindfulness, motivation, and community standards. Outings to the park or for a local treat are also common experiences during advisory.
Bi-weekly assemblies bring students together to enjoy programs that are both entertaining and informative. Guest speakers and artists are invited to host assemblies, but more commonly, middle school students are featured in performances such as: drama and music productions, geo-bee competitions, public speaking forums, and talent shows. Featured events at assembly often become conversation points during advisory. Members of the 8th grade Leadership Team emcee the assemblies.
Middle School students choose from a variety of clubs such as: Robotics, Model United Nations, Science Olympiad, 8th grade Leadership Team, Math Counts, and our online literary magazine, Jabberwock. Clubs meet bi-weekly during the school day, however, some clubs require more frequent or after school meetings.
The After School Help Center (ASHC) is run by our Academic Support department, Fisher-Landau, and is a place where students have dedicated space and resources available to study and to work on their assignments. A variety of assistance is available—the learning specialists, teachers, and Upper School student volunteers, all of whom circulate among the students to answer questions and to help keep the students engaged with their work. The ASHC is available to Middle School students on Tuesdays-Thursdays whenever they choose to drop in, and there is no cost associated.
The Flying Dutchmen is open to students in kindergarten through sixth grade and runs on a semester basis. The Flying Dutchman offers programs such as: chess, martial arts, science, and dance. Programs are offered at a fee and are held at Collegiate and at several off-campus locations. In addition, students can take music lessons through the Collegiate Conservatory of Music. Instruments available to study include violin, viola, cello, double bass, classical piano, jazz piano, drum set, Afro-Cuban drumming, banjo, guitar, and electric bass.
Community service is an intrinsic part of the Collegiate experience. As part of its mission, Collegiate is committed to guiding students to develop empathy and desire to help others. Middle School students participate in group community service projects and students commonly come up with their own ideas about ways to serve the wider community.