The IDS Middle School experience dispels the notion that these years are a time of uncertainty. Your child’s voice is powerful here, inside and outside of the classroom. There’s a place for everyone – the writer, the basketball player, the techie, the pianist, the actress, the engineer. Each student is integral part of the team and enriches everyone’s experience. And, there’s no getting lost. Leadership opportunities are at every turn, on the playing field, in debate, on the school newspaper and yearbook and more. Eighth graders lead All School Meetings; seventh graders collaborate and mentor their third grader buddies on projects; sixth graders create board games and play them with first graders. Our social-emotional curriculum, Second Step, allows students to find their inner core and confidence that they’ll carry throughout their lives.