Our middle school includes grades six, seven, and eight and is located at 2120 Dorchester Avenue in Dorchester, MA.

Conservatory Lab provides a unique learning experience that includes daily El Sistema music instruction for all students. Middle school students play stringed, woodwinds, brass and percussion instruments.

As an EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning), all students participate in one or two expeditions each year. These interdisciplinary units, typically lasting 8-12 weeks, are grounded in social studies or science content, while building literacy skills and integrating the arts. Students participate in research, field work, collaboration with experts in field, and service learning. During their learning expeditions, students develop an authentic product, modeled after artifacts from the real world.

In addition, we use the following curriculum tools to plan enriching units to support student learning across the subject areas in our middle school:

English-Language Arts (ELA): EL Education ELA Modules

Math: Eureka Math, Open Up Resources Math

Science: Project Lead the Way

Social Studies: History Alive

Students in grades five through eight continue to build sophistication in their application of skills in reading, writing, and mathematics while building conceptual knowledge. Students are challenged to work across multiple multi-media texts to compare and contrast ideas, identify common themes, and build knowledge. Students demonstrate their learning while tackling complex tasks representing real world problems. In math, students utilize their math fluency to apply to complex concepts. While building knowledge of history and science, students delve into the world around them, explore new ideas, and then demonstrate their learning in unique and exciting ways.

All students are challenged to develop their Habits of Work and Learning to support their learning in academics and the arts.

Please review your child’s grade level expectations here.