Middle School

We focus on the mind and heart of all students. Essential to what we do is ensuring communication between all partners—students, faculty and parents—is strong, and that students are being engaged whether they are introverts or extroverts or a combination of the two. 

We focus on understanding who our students are as learners and as adolescents. We focus on their strengths as well as their stretches, their needs as well as their wants, and what they believe and what confuses them. We think about what grit means for each student, what mindset each one holds, and what the ever-changing landscape of relationships and friendships looks like at any given moment. 

With time, practice, patience and a lot of energy, we develop some wonderfully powerful young adults who can show compassion, collaborate well with others, create in isolation or with a team, and be the change that makes the world a better place.

Tim Sheehan
Interim Head of Middle School
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I appreciate everything NSCD has to offer.  From their curriculum, small classroom sizes, their use of technology, beautiful campus, community feel and more.    

Divinity JohnsonMiddle School Parent

There is expectation to do the work, inclusion is in practice, and the teachers communicate concerns immediately. Philip PrestonMiddle School Parent

NSCD is a community as much as it is a school. Community at NSCD is intentional and serves to focus teachers and parents alike on what's best for our children. NSCD challenges all Raiders to live, serve and be their very best in the community and the world.BJ FordMiddle School Parent

When a new idea or project is proposed, the teachers set up teams and research the best way to expedite an idea. The thought and planning that goes into the teaching experience is very well planned and expedited. The attention to how they are going to present a concept to our children is a well cultivated  experience. Susan BarMiddle School Parent

Distinctively Middle School

Program Overview

Meet Our Middle School Faculty

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Katia Adams

Lower and Middle School Physical Ed Teacher
Kristen Allen

Kristen Allen

Athletic Trainer; Middle and Upper School Health Teacher
Linda Arts

Linda Arts

Middle School Learning Specialist
Lee Block

Lee Block

Middle School Computer Science, Mathematics and Science Teacher; Coach

Jared Branahl

Middle and Upper School Information and Media Librarian
Sheila Burke

Sheila Burke

Lower and Middle School Assistant
Yun-Chu Chen

Yun-Chu Chen

Middle School Chinese Teacher
Laura Cooper

Laura Cooper

Middle School Counselor
Anne-Marie Dall'Agata

Anne-Marie Dall'Agata

Middle School and Upper School French Teacher
Arturo Garcia

Arturo Garcia

Middle and Upper School Computer Science Teacher
Ann Goodrich

Ann Goodrich

Instrumental Music Director; Middle and Upper School Music Teacher
Kyle Jones

Kyle Jones

Physical Education Department Head; Coach
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