Middle School Student Life
The Middle School academic program is complemented by broad range of extracurricular and social activities that encourage collaboration, leadership, service and self-expression.
During Inspiration, every Eighth-grader at Flint Hill tells their peers and teachers a story. Standing before the Seventh and Eighth-grade classes and members of the faculty, each student shares an experience that opened their mind and shaped their perspective, such as overcoming personal setback or traveling to a developing nation. Continuing a tradition that beings in the Lower School, Inspiration gives students the chance to share what is important to them while developing their writing and public speaking skills.
Homeroom and Advisory
We believe strongly that relationship and community building is the foundation for academic learning, particularly in the Middle School years. Following the Developmental Designs model, each morning, we involve students in activities focused on social-emotional learning. By helping students feel safe, validated, connected and heard, we strive to create an inclusive learning community that paves the way for academic engagement and achievement.
Field Studies and Experiential Learning
Experiential learning takes many forms in our Middle School program, from hands-on projects to outdoor education. Through our Field Studies program, students in each grade level participate in off-campus, overnight trips.
In addition to Field Studies, global off-campus learning opportunities are a particular highlight of the Middle and Upper School programs. Middle School students have recently expanded their learning through trips to Rome and Athens, and Upper School students have traveled to Guatemala; Malaga, Spain; and the Galapagos Islands. Members of our faculty regularly travel abroad during the summer to gain a global perspective on leading-edge instructional practices.
Student Council Association
Any interested student may participate in our Student Council Association (SCA), the primary leadership group in the Middle School. The SCA meets weekly to discuss student life, plan activity nights and town meetings, and propose enhancements to our Middle School program.
After-School Clubs and Activities
Flint Hill offers a variety of age-appropriate after-school clubs and activities to broaden a student’s interests, with sessions offered during the fall, winter and spring.
Offerings currently available to Middle School students include: Mythology Club, Chess Club, LEGO® Robotics and Coding is Fun!
Suzuki Violin Instruction
Flint Hill offers violin instruction through the Suzuki method, which includes a combination of group and private lessons. Suzuki classes not only teach young children how to play the violin, but also how to read, create and interpret music.
Huskies with HeART
This program promotes service learning through the arts, and provides an opportunity for our students to work at a local Fairfax County community center, teaching art to elementary school-aged children who are in the county’s after school child care program.
TEDx Youth Day
Each year, Middle and Upper School Students participate in TEDxYouthDay (TEDx Youth@FHS), a series of TEDx events that occur around the world to coincide with Universal Children’s Day in late November. These events are designed to empower and inspire young people. These events vary widely in size, format, and theme, but they share a common vision: inspiring curiosity, igniting new ideas, and empowering young leaders.