Boarding Schools Middlesex School
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Middlesex is an independent secondary school for students in grades 9 to 12, and its mission, captured in the words of founder Frederick Winsor, is “to find the promise in each of our students.” Whether boarding or day, Middlesex students undertake this process of self-discovery and growth as members of a residential school community distinguished by its intimacy and intensity, as students and faculty members come together from around the country and around the world to live and work and learn together.
It is a non-sectarian School with a positive sense of tradition and mission. It is a school with small-school intimacy and big-school opportunity; a school that early on sought students from every part of the country through a National Scholarship Program. As it has grown, Middlesex has broadened its national and international reach while always benefiting from its local surroundings—the human and cultural capital of the Boston/Cambridge area.
Whether exploring the parameters of vector calculus, the human mind in psychology, or the night sky in astronomy, Middlesex students’ academic interests burn brightly, but never out. The classroom journey at Middlesex begins with a comprehensive progression through the academic divisions, departments, and disciplines. This core, along with signature programs like The Writer’s Workshop and our 4-course rotation in the fine arts, provides our students with the confidence, creativity, and capacity to experience the academic program to its fullest: from 24 AP classes to dozens of electives.
Writer’s Workshop. The clear and concise expression of abstract ideas in writing is one of the most critical elements of intellectual development. It is also one of the most challenging; thus, we focus carefully on developing students into confident writers with exceptional command of the craft. Our students achieve this excellence largely through a writing program centered on the Sophomore Writing Workshop, a weekly seminar aimed at mastery of expository writing.
Travel Abroad. Students excited to explore the world travel with faculty members during the School’s longer vacations and the summer months. Each of the language departments sponsors international trips through which students can stay with families, enjoy local culture, visit significant sites, and practice conversational proficiency.
Top colleges attended by students
Boston College, Brown University, Middlebury College, Connecticut College, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Georgetown University, Harvard University, Holy Cross College, MIT, New York University, Tufts University, Wellesley College, Wesleyan University
What the school looks for in students…
“We look for very talented, very involved and very motivated students who excel in many areas.”