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Gray Stone Day School is a regional school that provides a rigorous, college preparatory curriculum for students in grades 6 - 12. While developing strong character, students engage in highly challenging courses that will require them to work diligently in and out of the classroom. A high caliber teaching staff prepares a rigorous curriculum to prepare students for post-secondary opportunities. We believe this education happens in three stages: Middle School (6-7), Junior High (8-9), and Senior High (10-12). Each stage has different characteristics and different expectations. Students in the various stages need different levels of support as well.

Middle School (Grades 6 & 7)
Our goal in the middle school grades is to CULTIVATE the tools and academic skills necessary for success. A focus will be placed on teaching students how to study and how to be organi]ed. Students will also learn how to model appropriate behavior and how to appropriately interact with adults and each other. Fixed and regular support will be provided to all students. A typical schedule for these students will be from 8:30am to 2:15pm and will include four core classes, a PE class, and an elective rotation of five different opportunities.

Junior High School (Grades 8 & 9)
In Junior High, teachers and staff will REINFORCE the lessons from middle school in a way that begins to raise the bar of student accountability without removing the necessary support system. A focus will be on reminding students regularly about best practices and providing the opportunity to hone those skills. Regular support will be provided to all students. A typical schedule for these students will be from 8:30am to either 3:00pm or 2:25pm depending on the day of the week. The schedule will include four core classes, a PE class, a structured study hall, and one elective period. In 8th grade, that elective will be divided into a different course each semester. In the 9th grade, that elective will last the entire year.

Senior High School (Grades 10 - 12)
Students in the Senior High enjoy a great deal of freedom because of what the staff has come to EXPECT. The skills and behaviors that have been cultivated and reinforced through the previous years should now be second nature. The level of student accountability has increased and as such students are able to manage small windows of their own time. The typical schedule at this level includes a free period for students that is an open, unmanaged time. The goal is for students to learn to take advantage of these times just like they will be required to do in college and in life beyond. Course schedules at this level depend on the student's needs as it relates to their individuali]ed graduation plan.


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