Middle School

Years 5–8

Guiding Growth Towards Individuality

Our Middle School Program caters for the changing needs of students in these formative years, while easing the transition from primary to secondary school.

It covers every delicate and crucial developmental stage while promoting learning, personal growth and self-confidence.

Under Haileybury’s acclaimed Parallel Education Model, boys and girls separate into single-sex classes from Year 5, which recognises the social, emotional and educational needs of pre-adolescent and adolescent girls and boys.

It provides an environment where intellectual risk-taking can occur and optimal academic outcomes can be achieved.

Middle Years – What do we mean?

Middle Years is a term describing a phase of schooling that bridges the conventional primary/secondary divide while responding more effectively to the specific needs of young adolescents.

Haileybury operates Middle School for Years 5 to 8. This is not only a period of rapid physical, emotional and intellectual development, but also a time when patterns of thinking and behaviour are established for both the short and long-term.

For students starting at Haileybury in Year 7, Middle School provides additional support while transitioning into secondary education.

At Haileybury, we want to generate creative learning environments that will result in productive learning outcomes for all students in the middle years of schooling.

The Parallel Education Advantage

Haileybury accepts research that shows single-gender classroom structures provide optimal learning arrangements for pre-adolescent and adolescent students.

Co-instructional classes run for students in our Early Learning Centres and in Prep to Year 4. They then separate into Middle Schools for boys and girls.

The Middle Schools provide separate classes for boys and girls in the mainstream academic programs. The Sport Program and the Camping Program are also gender specific.

Haileybury’s philosophy of parallel education is built on research relating to the development of social competencies required for the modern world, including those relating to gender.

The Middle Schools interact when appropriate through our carefully developed Social Education Program that includes a co-curricular Arts Program, community and academic extension activities.

Exclusive Curriculum

Throughout the year, Middle School students continue to develop their skills and knowledge in English, Maths, Science, Humanities, Thrive, and Health and Physical Education.

As Haileybury is committed to a global outlook, all students have the opportunity to study a language as part of their core Academic Program until the end of Year 9.

Students in Years 5 and 6 study Chinese, while Students in Years 7 and 8 can select from Chinese, French or Japanese (not offered at the City Campus).

Depending on Year 7 Coursework results, some students are invited to learn an additional language in Year 8 in place of an elective subject. Select students who are successful in the Language Aptitude Test may elect to study Latin as their additional language.

Each year, students in Years 5–7 complete a semester of study in the subject areas of Art, Computing and Digital Technologies, Drama and Music.

After experiencing a broad range of artistic and engaging subjects, students in Year 8 select four semester-based subjects that delve deeper into their areas of passion.

Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

The School is committed to being entrepreneurial and enterprising and as such, every student in Year 8 completes Haileybury Startup.

This course is designed to develop work-ready skills such as teamwork, digital literacy, critical thinking and presentation through the use of design thinking, business model canvas  and ideas from the Lean Start Up movement.

The Latest Technology

As the use of technology in education grows, the Middle School curriculum is supported by our Managed Device Program.

In 2020 all Year 5 students and new students to the School utilise a managed device. All other Middle School students will transition from the iPad Program to the new Managed Device Program by 2023.

Reporting and Feedback

Student growth is measured and reported on throughout the year via the reporting system, myFeedback.

Through this system, students receive real time feedback that improves their learning when it is needed, with the ability to review feedback and marks on any device at any time.