Middle School FAQs
The following is a list of questions that we frequently hear from prospective Middle School students. We’ve asked a group of our current students to respond:
My favorite project was the edible cell project. I liked it because we knew all about cells, so we had to make a cell out of food or candy! So I made it and we got to present it to the class and after we presented our projects to the class we got to eat the cells – the best part!
Arjun, Upper Prep (6th grade)
We have what is called a block schedule at KO. There is an A day and a B day. On an A day we have periods A1, A2 and A3. On a B day we have periods B1, B2 and B3. We have three 75-minute classes each day. Normally after first period we meet with our advisee group. We also have “choice time”; this is a 15-minute period between classes where you can meet with teachers or get ready for your next class. We have both sports and lunch in the middle of the day. Depending on which sport you have, you will go to sports first or second. For example, if I play soccer, I have first sports and second lunch, but if I play field hockey, I have first lunch and second sports. After lunch and sports we have music block. Depending on what music class you take, you have either study hall or music. For example, I have chorus on Monday and Thursday; on Tuesday and Friday I have study hall. On a normal A day, we will have A1, advise group, choice time, A2, sports and lunch (or lunch and sports), music block, choice time and A3. This goes for B days, too, except you have your B day classes and not your A day classes. On Wednesdays we have a special schedule. We cut out sports and get out of school early so teams who have games can travel to their games.
Joanna, Form 2 (8th grade)
Every day of the week there is a sports period assigned to every student with the sport of their choice. During the day there are two sports periods; one is from 11:15-12:35 and the other at 11:45-1:10. For every season, each student must participate in a sport unless there is a conflict and they have spoken to their advisors. There are many different sports Kingswood Oxford has to offer. In the fall there are four sports: cross country, soccer, football (boys only) and field hockey (girls only). In the winter a student can choose basketball, squash, hockey or swimming. Finally the spring season offers lacrosse, baseball (boys only), tennis and softball (girls only).
Trent, Form 2 (8th grade)
Lunch at KO is great! There are many options, and the food is great. First, there is hot lunch. Hot lunch always has a main entrée, a vegetarian entrée and a side of vegetables. Right next to the hot lunch section is the dessert part of the lunchroom. Here we have everything from apple pie to freshly baked cookies. There are also drink machines so you can have your choice of juice or milk, and there is also fruit punch. There is the salad bar where you can have pasta salad and customize your own salad. Right next to the salad bar is the soup section. The soup section has two different soups every day. Also there is a sandwich bar where you can customize your sandwich with whatever you want in it. Besides all of this there are always many kinds of ice cream available if you aren’t too full. At KO when it comes to lunch, you’re never without an option.
Shrenik, Form 1 (7th grade)
One of the things I like about KO is that the grade sizes are relatively small, but large enough for you to find the right group of friends. Also, one of the benefits of a small school like KO is that your friends are usually mixed among different grades. At KO there are a lot of mixed-grade functions like lunch, sports, community service and assemblies, which allow you to get to know everyone really easily.
Sharon, Form 1 (6th grade)
From three years of experience at the Middle School, I have found that the teachers at this school are superb. In class they are understanding and adjust according to how the student learns. In the hallways in between classes they are friendly and inviting. The teachers are almost always open for help or questions about homework or work. And they are easy to locate because their offices are located right next to the classrooms.
Chris, Form 2 (8th grade)
Homework here at Kingswood Oxford is a lot different than public school. Considering we only have three classes a day, we are not assigned a lot of subjects. We also have two days to complete our homework. I would highly suggest doing the homework the night it is assigned, but it is great that if you have a commitment you can put it off for a night and complete it the next. The homework load varies depending on the teacher and what you did at class that day. Personally, I have had a half of an hour one night, but another night I have had up to a few hours. We also have study hall up to four times a week, which helps a lot to shorten the load. Overall, the homework is a little steep, but it is well worth it to come here.
Jimmy, Form 2 (8th grade)
On average, a student in Upper Prep should have about 1 hour of homework, one and a half at most. Plus, with study hall on some days, you will not have a lot of homework on those days. That said, it is important to get all of you homework done the night it is assigned in case you have questions for the teacher about something you don’t understand.
Paul, Upper Prep (6th grade)
Every Tuesday and Thursday, students from Upper Prep, Form 1 and Form 2 are chosen to go help out at Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen, St. Mary nursing home or Fox school in Hartford during sports period. Every student has a chance to go, and the community service reps for each grade hold additional community service projects.
Manavi, Form 2 (7th grade)