Middle school carries many stigmas. Since students are stretched to grow at a rapid pace — academically, physically, and emotionally — some parents view these as the “challenging” years. On the other hand, students may have their own preconceptions about their time in middle school. They may feel “stuck” in a transitional period, no longer being treated as children but unable to enjoy the privileges of high school.
At IRCS, the teachers and staff understand these prevalent mindsets. We partner with families to make middle school a positive experience, where maturity is developed, passions are discovered, and futures are planned.
If you’re looking to make the most of middle school, consider these tips:
- Try Something New – Stepping outside the comfort zone is not always easy, but middle school is the prime time to try many different activities. Not only do extracurricular activities enhance the school experience, they help students discover which opportunities to pursue throughout high school, college, and beyond. Athletics, band, choir, drama, interest-based clubs, and missions projects are all worthy time investments for a middle school student.
- Build Meaningful Relationships – Middle school is a time of social growth. Choosing friends wisely and developing positive relationships is more important than ever. Students should use this time to make as many new friends as possible, recognizing that a broad array of like-minded peers is more valuable than a small, exclusive circle. Not only are lifelong friendships developed in middle school, communication skills are honed and support networks are built.
- Think For Yourself – Maturity is not all about actions — it involves thinking with a clear mind and a pure heart. There is immense opportunity for spiritual growth during the middle school years. As students have more freedom to make their own choices, they realize the weight of influence. 1 Corinthians 2:16 says, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.” We partner with parents to develop Christian thinkers who are prepared to think critically through the tests of school and life.
- Stay Organized – A lack of organization can take its toll on the mind and body. Getting into the habit of staying organized now will pay off throughout the years to come. Studies show that organized students get better grades, experience less stress, and enjoy school more. Keep neat binders, book bags, and utilize a planner to stay ahead of the game. At home, maintain a neat bedroom and study space.
- Set Goals – Setting future goals shouldn’t be limited to the high school years. Based on interests, strengths, and passions, start thinking about colleges to attend, majors/minors to choose, and possible career paths. These may change many times, but keeping the future in mind is a healthy habit to develop. This not only helps students see beyond the confines of their middle school world, it encourages hard work and diligent planning.
- Ask For Help When Needed – Remember — no student has to go it alone. Taking advantage of the available resources can make a world of difference. At IRCS, teachers and staff desire to be a constant source of help to students. Whether the need is academic, spiritual, social, or something else, support is available. If students learn that asking for help, whether at home or at school, is actually a sign of strength, they will be equipped for success in the coming years.
Learn More about Middle School at IRCS
These are just a few ways that IRCS encourages healthy growth through middle school. Our program was built with great intention, ensuring these critical years are filled with positive experiences. If you’d like to learn more about what makes our school unique, click the button below today!