April 22, 2014
Adolescence can be such a painful, awkward time in kids' lives, that our society has sequestered students in their own private hell for 3 years. TMS is the opposite of what middle school in America has become. The teachers are real people who care about the students and have time to get to know them. Academics take a back seat to a focus on adventure, philosophy, the arts and nature. Students learn a ton of real life skills, such as orienteering, map/compass reading, working in teams, self-expression, responsibility, family building, and joie de vivre. The school goes camping 4 times per year; they put on an art show/coffee house/drama production; they volunteer their time in the community; they hike, introspect, support one another, and practice all sorts of physical and mental exercises. There are traditional school subjects taught in a distinctly non-traditional manner, with very little homework. Despite this, I am happy to report that TMS graduates easily transition to public high school. The greatest recommendation, though, is that our son is excited to head off to middle school every day. How many people can say that?
- submitted by a parent