Welcome to Poly's Middle School

Our Vision for Middle School Education

At Poly, we see Middle School as a time for young people to come to know themselves as students and members of a learning community. Poly Prep's academic program provides a broad base of fundamental skills that foster intellectual curiosity and lay the foundation for more advanced study in the Upper School.

Students emerge from our Middle School as confident, competent learners who are comfortable working in a variety of settings and subject areas. The critical values we stress in Middle School include self-reliance and cooperation, individual and group problem-solving, development of effective study habits, respect for individual differences, contribution to the community, and the pursuit of excellence.

Poly Fosters Character & Service

Service Learning is an essential component of the Middle School program, with students planning and leading community service efforts through the advisory program. Each student is assigned an advisor who is an essential point of contact for Middle School parents, along with two Form Deans who work with each grade

Learning Beyond the Classroom

Middle School students also have the opportunity to participate in Poly’s extensive after-school program of activities, including robotics, Tower Times (newspaper), Polymorphous (arts journal), Math Olympiad, Green Team (environmental club), chess club, sports, instrumental music lessons, and six Middle school performing arts groups.

Explore our Middle School Curriculum

Grades 5 & 6: Journey & Discovery

Grades 5 and 6 are taught using theme-based interdisciplinary curriculum, fostering a meaningful connection between all Middle School courses, students and teachers. For the first time in their Poly experience, however, students entering the Middle School are grouped for classes with specific subject area teachers.

The core academic program in Grades 5 and 6 includes English (both reading and writing), mathematics, science, social studies, introduction to a choice of three world languages (French, Mandarin, and Spanish), health and physical education, and visual and performing arts. Technology and its effective use are integrated throughout the curriculum, and all students benefit by a structured study-skills course.

Highlights of Grades 5 and 6 include interdisciplinary projects related to the study of Lewis, Clark, and Sacajawea’s expedition to the American West in fifth grade and the Ancient Civilizations festival in sixth grade, along with trips to art and science museums and historic sites in New York and Philadelphia.

Sixth graders use teamwork and problem solving to complete Poly’s annual Trout in the Classroom project, a study of the lifecycle of organisms. Students hatch and raise trout, releasing them each May near the Croton Reservoir, which feeds the water we drink in New York City.

Grades 7 and 8: Accelerated Curriculum

Students in Form I and II (Grades 7 and 8) have individual schedules and a wider range of choice. All students take English, history, mathematics, science, health and physical education, a world language and Latin. Advanced levels are offered in mathematics and languages. By the end of Form II, all students have completed at least the equivalent of one year of high school mathematics, one year of modern language, and one year of high school Latin.

Arts and technology electives include drama, dance, media design, vocal and instrumental music, and visual arts.

Both Form I and Form II begin the year with exciting fall trips which are integrated into the curriculum. In seventh grade, students travel to Hartford and Boston as part of their English and history studies. Eighth graders participate in a three-day environmental education retreat in rural New Jersey.

Lower School

50 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, New York 11215 | (718) 768-1103

Middle/Upper School

9216 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11228 | (718) 836-9800