Middle School students are in the process of becoming and they are seeking a sense of belonging. They will find true friends—and the best in themselves—at Waynflete.
Waynflete welcomes many new members to our community during the Middle School years. In fact, 28% of the Grade 6 class are students brand-new to Waynflete. Because our students are coming to us from so many different places in Maine, the U.S., and around the world, we work hard to build and sustain a strong sense of community.
From LEAP week to weekend socials, our students are given many opportunities to get to know their classmates and each other.
Scavenger hunts across the West End. Food trucks and ice cream trucks on campus. Hangouts with family at the beach, on the Eastern Prom, or hiking up Bradbury Mountain. Middle School kids naturally gather in groups large and small and we make sure they have time to have fun together.
School dances are relaxed, casual group get-togethers that let our students share their favorite songs, show off a favorite outfit or TikTok move, and load up at the snack table. (Seriously, the snacks are everyone’s favorite part.) This low-stress introduction to more formal school socializing is a fun evening for everyone.
Once each week, students gather in small groups for a seminar focused on how the brain affects emotions and practice active listening, managing their feelings, and cultivating empathy through curiosity. In Grade 7, students work on forging positive connections and social belonging and in Grade 8, they practice positive leadership.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION
Diversity is a condition of excellence.
A Waynflete education works as well as it does because our small and challenging classes contain so many different perspectives and life experiences. And as one of the most diverse schools in southern Maine, our entire community is committed to the urgent, essential, and ongoing work toward equity and inclusion. Learn how diversity can drive caring participation in the world.
What is Waynflete like for families?
Choosing an independent school means joining a new community not only for students, but for their families. Everyone you meet on the bus line, in the bleachers, during play dates, and around the bonfire at Beats and Bites comes from many different communities and diverse life experiences. You will have many chances to get to know them—and love them.
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“One of the joys of leading our Middle School is the opportunity to cultivate curiosity, create an atmosphere of mutual care and respect, and guide moments of courage as students discover their own voices and sense of individual agency. Identity is the work of Middle School, and I am grateful to be a part of its emergence.”
Waynflete Middle School Director