Corbett Prep graduates enter high school with the confidence to speak before audiences, the skills to work successfully on teams and the grit to push outside their comfort zones. High school admissions directors tell us they recruit Corbett Prep eighth graders because they ask questions, they are academically prepared, they are independent thinkers and they know how to work positively and respectfully with students of all cultures and backgrounds.
Faculty and staff provide an age-appropriate balance of structure and freedom unique to each young person's needs, fostering a community that promotes personal and social growth.
Teachers and students work together to build a supportive community.
- Annual Middle School retreats establish a community of dignity and respect as students identify their personal strengths and create action plans for accomplishing individual and class goals.
- Multiage advisory teams meet weekly and follow a curriculum emphasizing positive character traits.
- Sixth, seventh and eighth grade attend separate overnight trips during New Horizons Week, which provide opportunities for personal challenge and help students develop lifelong teambuilding skills.
- Community Service Days send students to nonprofit organizations to volunteer and encourage reflection on their experiences.
In a PreK3 through eighth grade program, middle school students are at the top, giving them special opportunities for schoolwide leadership. An important component of the Middle School at Corbett Prep is providing students with the tools they need to be successful leaders and role models when given these opportunities.
- Representatives on Middle School Leadership Council
- Ambassadors to the community at events
- Public speakers for school events and performers in academically based shows
- Hosts for international student guests
- Athletics team captains, school representatives at state Thespian and academic competitions
- Middle School "buddies" with younger students at whole-school events
Corbett Prep is a worldwide leader in social-emotional learning thanks to an early selection to partner with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.
The school served as the pilot for the Four Pillars of Wellbeing, now under the auspices of the nonprofit Contentment Foundation.
The Four Pillars has expanded internationally to Singapore, Bhutan and New Zealand, with Corbett Prep remaining as its model school. The Four Pillars' middle school curriculum is tailored to the adolescent experience to help students manage and understand their emotions as well as their interactions with others.