Middle School

Grades 5 to 8

Grade6 III

Erie Day School’s Middle School education offers a personalized program for students. Its expanded academic curriculum encourages students to explore and pursue interests while fulfilling a challenging core curriculum.

With a foundation in the Common Core State Standards and PA Learning Standards, our curriculum offers students an individualized, multi-age educational experience with faculty committed to teaching cooperation, tolerance and mutual respect.

The Middle School environment is a set of mixed-grade-level classrooms offering English, mathematics, general sciences, and social sciences as well as programs designed to engage students in performing arts, visual arts, foreign languages, and athletics. Students may also take high school level geometry, algebra, biology, literature and foreign language classes. By extending learning opportunities beyond the classroom, we are able to provide students with a rich, diversified education. Students explore museum exhibits, enjoy concerts, conduct online research and attend theater productions. Students in Grade 7 and 8 travel annually to the Shaw and Stratford Festivals in Ontario, Canada — participating in tours of the Well and Canal, Fort George and Niagara Falls, in addition to theatrical performances.

  • The academic day begins at 8:15 a.m. and ends at 3:25 p.m.
  • Before-school arrival and after-school extra-curriculars begin at 7:15 a.m. and ends no later than 6:00 p.m.
  • Extended Care Program

Course Offerings

Course offerings are outlined in the document below. Among the listing is not only a set of requirements but also recommendations. At Erie Day School, we strive to meet your child’s needs and attempt to accommodate not only our academic graduation requirements but the interests of each child.

SCIENCE: Life, Earth, Space, Environmental and Physical Science Courses; Chemistry and Biology

MATH: Middle School Mathematics; Pre-Algebra; Introduction to Geometry, Trigonometry and Algebra; Algebra I (and Algebra II for advanced students)

ENGLISH: Grammar and Composition Courses; Literature Courses; Poetry Course

HUMANITIES: US History I and II; US Government; Modern Politics; 20th Century History; Medieval History; Western Civilizations; US Geography, World Cultures and Religions; Growth and Development

STEM courses


WORLD LANGUAGES: French, Spanish (and Mandarin, weekends)

ART STUDIO: Drawing; Painting; Sculpting; Fibers; Print Making

MUSIC: Composition; Historical Eras; Instrumental

PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Skills-based; Game-oriented; Team-based; with an emphasis on Health and Fitness



*New for 2020