Middle School Community

The Middle School motto—Explore, Empathize, Connect, Create—is a simple constellation of four words that provide guidance to teachers and students navigating through the middle.

The motto concisely summarizes our philosophy on the role of middle school in advancing understanding both in terms of academics and in terms of character. As a community of learners, WIS Middle School students are encouraged to gaze outward and upward through a global lens, and to question what they see, hear, and know of the world around them. Of course, they are also encouraged to have fun and explore their interests in sports, athletics, arts, and more, through curriculum-based activities and after school.


The Middle School has a House program that fulfills four key goals:

  • To build positive inter-grade relationships;
  • To provide a sense of belonging and connection;
  • To shape positive behavior through healthy competition and House identity; and
  • To foster student leadership.

Middle School Clubs

Clubs form yearly, based on student interests. The 2020-2021 distance learning club schedule is available HERE. A sample of clubs in recent years includes:

Book Club
Bored? Games!
Club Gooooal
Dungeons & Dragons
French Club
Girls Who Code
Jazz Band
Knitting with Knives
LGBTQ+ Club / Gay-Straight Alliance
Maker Mondays
Middle School International Dateline
Ping Pong Club
Roots & Shoots
Rugs for Pugs
Service & Action Club
Spanish Book Club
Street Hockey Club
Take-Apart Tuesdays
WIS Flim Club
You Be the Chemist