The middle school, including grades seven and eight, typically has 30-36 students per grade. Each high school grade has approximately 150 students per grade. The seventh and eighth graders are fully integrated into the school. There is no separation between the “upper school” and the “lower school.” The students in grades seven and eight have the same daily schedule, use the same hallways and classrooms and participate in all of the daily activities as their older schoolmates.
The seventh graders attend three trips during the school year; a whitewater rafting trip, a trip to Philadelphia and a trip to the American Museum of Natural History. On the first Friday of the school year the seventh graders travel to the Pocono Mountains and take a rafting adventure down the Lehigh River. The main purpose of this trip is to have the students begin to forge the bonds of brotherhood and camaraderie that will follow them throughout their six years at our school. The other two trips are more educational in nature.
The eighth graders have traditionally gone on three trips as well. In the past we have gone to Gettysburg and The 9/11 Memorial. All of the previously mentioned trips are day trips. However, at the end of the eighth grade year, the boys go on a four-day long trip to Washington D.C. and Williamsburg VA.
All new students experience a one-day orientation program which takes place late in the summer before the first day of classes. The main goal of the orientation program is to begin to make the boys feel comfortable with being in a new environment with new classmates. The boys also use this time to learn how to read their schedules, find their way around campus and become oriented to the school rules and policies.
Boys interested in enrolling in the school complete an online application, schedule an interview and sit for admission testing. After the candidate is interviewed, his parents are then interviewed separately for approximately 20 minutes. The boys are also required to have their English teacher, Mathematics teacher and either their principal or their guidance counselor complete an online recommendation form which is also added to the file. On a subsequent Saturday, candidates for admission sit for a three-part admissions test. Admission testing includes the Otis Lennon School Ability Test, The Stanford Achievement Test and a free response writing assignment. For seventh grade admissions, the number of applicants varies between 75 and 100 each year. Approximately 110 new students are added to the 36 existing students as they progress from eighth grade to ninth.