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About MRH Middle School

Students at MRH Middle School are immersed both inside and outside the classroom in a variety of experiences through the metaphor, “School as Expedition.”

Learning expeditions are in-depth studies of a topic that engage students through authentic projects, real-life studies, fieldwork, and/or service.  Expeditions occur within the school walls when the community is brought into the classroom through expert guest speakers and outside of the classroom, as a journey to conduct fieldwork.

Rigorous academic achievement, critical thinking, essential skills and habits, and character development are integral components of the learning expedition.  Four stages of learning exist in the learning expedition: immersion in an experience, skill development (including social development) and supervised work, independent challenge to apply and share learnings, and celebration.

Throughout a learning expedition, a collaboration of teachers, administrators, and parents regularly assess, revise and improve the work, raising the standards each year the expedition is taught.  On expeditions students build amazing relationships with each other and with their teachers.  Equally important, they learn about our world and their relationship to it. Adults guide students in expeditions with care, compassion and respect for their diverse learning styles, backgrounds and needs.  Addressing individual differences profoundly increases the potential for learning and creativity of each student.

MRH Middle School is a 1:1 laptop environment. During your child’s time at middle school, they will engage in a variety of high tech projects that challenge them to become a 21st century digital native.  Working in teams or on their own, students will learn the value of teamwork, communication, and problem solving.   These skills will help them succeed in high school, college, and beyond. Throughout the year teachers participate in professional development opportunities they need to ensure the full implementation of technology into their instruction. All teachers, administrators, and faculty members will receive training on how to maximize the potential of a digital campus.

Finally, MRHMS is designed to build the capacity of our students in our cornerstones of learning. We provide many opportunities for students to grow as leaders, scholars, citizens, and stewards through a variety of projects, partnerships, and initiatives that provide our students a view into their learning beyond high school and as active participants in their future communities.

After-School Clubs

From working on spirit week details to tending the school's honey bees, MRH Middle School offers a wide variety of ways students can expand their learning outside of class work. The programs appeal to middle school students and provide them with opportunities to advance their leadership, scholarship, citizenship, and stewardship skills. Click here for a copy of the current after-school clubs handout.