The middle school provides a dynamic environment for students to acquire substantial knowledge and develop problem-solving skills that are imperative as they progress to and through high school.
Students are taught to think critically and take intellectual risks as they become more self-confident in their academic skills. NSCD also recognizes that intellectual, physical and social emotional skills are interdependent, and the best learning emerges in an environment with supportive relationships. A focus on social emotional learning helps early adolescents develop empathy, establish and maintain positive peer relationships, set and achieve goals, and make responsible decisions.
The relationship strengthens the partnership of students, parents and faculty by increasing meaningful communication, and it supports the educational growth by providing academic guidance.
Common Work Period
The Common Work Period is designed to allow students to meet with teachers and their classmates in one-on-one or small group settings to collaborate and extend their learning beyond classes.
Community Engagement Week
Each year, students participate in a weeklong interest group of their choice to more deeply engage with a topic related to the concept of community.
Students are required to play at least one season on a sports team. Options include: baseball, basketball, cross country, field hockey, flag football, soccer, track and field, and volleyball.
Clubs and Activities
Clubs and activities are designed to connect students with common interests across grades. Students are encouraged to lead and participate in clubs during the school day.
This national organization holds competitions for more than 20 science events at the regional, state and national levels. Our teams have competed at the state level for the past 25 years.
Students develop leadership skills and serve the school community as a part of Student Council. This group consists of elected students who represent the middle school students.