Middle school and beyond: Grades 7 to 9

Find a list of schools

The push for independence and autonomy is often the focus of the middle school years. At the same time they are facing increased academic challenges, these adolescents are facing greater social and emotional pressures. This can be a time of testing personal limits as well as the rules and structures around them.


Engaging Young Teenagers

Two of Nancy Evans' three children attend private schools. But she didn't consider enrolling them during their younger years in elementary school. "I truly love the local neighbourhood public schools for the elementary years. I think building that bond of neighbourhood and friendships is an important element of their education," she says.

Her son is in Grade 9, wrapping up his first year at Ridley College, in St. Catherines, while her daughter, who is in Grade 11, started at Bishop Strachan School, in Toronto, in Grade 7. Her youngest son remains at a local public school in Grade 8.

Nancy believes that when children are starting private school for the first time as teenagers, the push needs to come from them. "A private school is such an individual choice and not every private school is right for every child."

It wasn't the superior quality of the education, but rather the array of extracurricular activities that compelled her to enrol her son at Ridley. "What really made the decision easier for us were the sports and programs offered through the private school. As a student, you must participate in sports and activities, and there truly is a sport or activity for everyone," Nancy says. "My son is the type who, if he isn't moving or busy doing something, is bored and unhappy. So Ridley has kept him busy and consequently he has had to organize his time to fit in all of his games around his school work."

Advertisement
Find Private Schools:

In the spotlight:


Latest Articles

Manitoba private schools  
Find a list of private schools in Manitoba here (December 16, 2022)

Saskatchewan private schools  
Find a list of private schools in Saskatchewan here (December 16, 2022)

Saskatoon private schools  
Find a list of private schools in Saskatoon here (December 16, 2022)

Online schools and distance learning  
Schools that are fully online versus schools that offer part-time online learning (December 14, 2022)

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme  
What the IB Programme is and what it offers (December 14, 2022)

By logging in or creating an account, you agree to Our Kids' Terms and Conditions. Information presented on this page may be paid advertising provided by the advertisers [schools/camps/programs] and is not warranted or guaranteed by OurKids.net or its associated websites. By using this website, creating or logging into an Our Kids account, you agree to Our Kids' Terms and Conditions. Please also see our Privacy Policy. Our Kids ™ © 2022 All right reserved.