About the Middle School
Through a variety of offerings and opportunities, TSA students graduate from our school
confident of their own abilities,
articulate in the communication of their knowledge and their needs,
effective as team members and
empowered to take responsibility and leadership within their communities.
The Sharon Academy Middle School is located at The Old Sharon School House at 79 VT RTE 132 in Sharon, Vermont. With about 36 students, grades 7-8, TSA’s Middle School is a lively, nurturing, and academically rigorous academy that seeks to “nurture intelligent, independent, and creative thinking in a small school community, awakening students to their immense potential and the difference they can make in the world”.
Unique Curriculum: The middle school program operates on a two-year cycle in which 7th and 8th graders are grouped together in multi-age classrooms. Our highly integrated curriculum stresses depth of knowledge over breadth and explores six themes throughout the two years. Each theme is examined through the disciplines of social studies, science, art, and language arts. A few examples of our themes include: Food and Hunger, Energy, and Human Rights.
Classes: Our classes are small: 9-15 students in each class.
Strong Relationships: Supported by small class sizes, teachers are able to know each student as a whole person. Additionally, each student is assigned an advisor who is their advocate in all areas: academic, social, and emotional.
Mixed Groupings: The middle school structures its program and schedule so that its forty students interact as a whole community. Class groupings are reshuffled every six weeks and whole school projects are common.
Community Service: In order to give back to our community and to foster the value of hard work and service, all students are required to complete 20 hours of community service every year as a graduation requirement.
All-School Circus: For two weeks each year, a visiting performance artist works with the middle school to produce and perform an all-school circus! The regular school schedule is altered, and everyone commits their time and energy to learning stunts, writing scripts, acting, singing, arranging music, advertising, designing props, and creating sideshow games to entertain the over 600 people who come to this event every year.
Safe Environment: TSA strives to be a physically, socially, and emotionally safe environment for all students. Developing respect, compassion, and cooperation is an important focus of every school day.