Our middle schoolers continue to explore their world through investigative study and differentiated instruction. Their classrooms are set up with multiple learning centers, each with a different engaging activity or lesson. The centers help bring the material to life by touching on multiple angles of a particular concept. Students are always encouraged to explain their thinking in their own words and lead the discussion.
Some recent projects have included:
- Visitors to ELA classrooms like a young adult author Padma Venkatraman, who spoke about her experiences as an author, and a National Geographic journalist.
- In their science classes, middle schoolers learn and apply the scientific method in their experiments as they learn about life, earth, and physical sciences. Our annual Science Fair encourages independent investigation leading deeper into topics encountered in class.
- Students start using DBQs (data-based questions) in social studies to explore primary and secondary source topics and create responses. activities like field trips to the National Geographic Science Museum and the African-American History Museum bring the ancient world and American history to life.
Learning outside of the classroom include field trips like:
- Seeing "The Last Quixote" at the GALA Theater, a Spanish-language play about Miguel Cervantes and his opus, Don Quixote
- An Art Club outing to the Phillips Collection to see a modern art exhibit
- Visiting the Holocaust Museum after reading The Diary of Anne Frank
Read more about our Specials and Electives.
Preparation for school and life
Our students thrive after Meridian. Nearly 1 in 2 Meridian graduates are attending a selective magnet program or a Tier 1 charter high school. Graduates are attending Benjamin Banneker HS, McKinley Technology, Capital City, Washington Latin, Thurgood Marshall Academy, and many more.
A message from the Principals
Dear 7th and 8th grade parents and guardians:
As the Middle School Principal I look forward to working with our families to ensure that each student continues to develop academically, socially and emotionally. Our academic program is designed to provide students with opportunities to master grade level skills, while enhancing their ability to think critically and independently. We continually improve instruction and offer more ways for our students to thrive.
Before joining Meridian in SY 2016-17, I was the Middle School Director for a K-12 private special education school in New York where I oversaw the school’s academic program. Prior to that, I spent seven years at the Winston Preparatory School (NYC), a specialized school for students with learning disabilities, where I taught science and mathematics. I began my career as a middle school mathematics teacher in the Bronx, NY. I earned my Bachelors of Arts in Politics and Masters of Educational Leadership from New York University.
Our Middle School Assistant Principal, Markus Townsend, has been a member of the Meridian family as a teacher and Dean of Students since 2010. In addition to his time at Meridian, Mr. Townsend is an assistant coach of boys’ basketball at the Bullis School. He has an undergraduate degree from Trinity College in Hartford, CT in American Studies. Prior to Meridian, he taught high school social studies at Archbishop Carroll High School and worked for the private sector in education publishing.
Both Mr. Townsend and I are also excited about promoting a positive culture based on respect--for students, teachers and the value of education. Our backgrounds have led us to work diligently to create and reinforce rules and procedures that allow students to be in a learning environment that promotes community and eliminates distractions.
Please know that we value our families' commitment to Meridian. Your active participation and support are essential to building a school community that allows our students to achieve their highest academic and social potential. We regularly extend invitations for parents/guardians to join us at various school events throughout the school year to support students and to give you an opportunity to have a voice in shaping our school community. With your assistance, Meridian is a place where parents, teachers and administrators work together to strive for excellence and enhance our students' opportunities to learn and grow.
Middle School Principal
Assistant Principal, Middle School Campus