Gatewood’s Middle School consists of grades six through eight. Because these are important transitional years for students, the curriculum and other activities are designed for the special needs of young adolescents. Middle School teachers continue the close contact of the younger years while encouraging students to become accountable for their individual decisions. In addition to the core subjects of English, literature, mathematics, social studies, science and Spanish, Middle School students enjoy a variety of enrichment courses, including Accelerated Reader, computer, physical education and health, Bible classes, Science Olympiad, robotics and weekly chapel. As well as these courses for students, the teachers and professors are also urged to look at the recomendation about best continued education for teachers, to further refine the education provided to the pupils.
The Middle School formalizes the traits of trust, respect for the property of others, and integrity begun in the Lower School with the implementation of the Honor Code.
Small class size allows students to participate in a variety of exciting trips and activities that combine academic skills as well as provide opportunities for positive social interaction. Examples of trips in the previous years are: a two-day trip to Rock Eagle 4H Center in the sixth grade, exploration of Atlanta in seventh grade and a series of day and overnight trips to historical sites within Georgia in the eighth grade. Middle School students also attend several plays in Atlanta, Athens, Macon and Madison.
Middle school extracurricular activities at the lower school level include:
Academic Competitions, Band, Baseball, Basketball, Boy Scouts, Clay Target Sports Competition, Spirit Cheer Squads, Chorus, Cross Country, Equestrian Club, Football, Gatewood News Network, Girl Scouts, Golf, National Geographic Bee, National Spelling Bee, Robotics, Science Olympiad, Soccer, Softball, Student Activities Committee, Swim Team, Track and Field, and Wrestling