The Middle School (6-8)

Students in the middle school (grades 6–8) are empowered to become more independent as they start to question the world around them. The academic program is increasingly challenging as boys are now ready to tackle more abstract concepts. Our teachers understand adolescent boys and provide a structured yet supportive environment in which each boy can build confidence and discover his own ideas and talents.

Inclusive and active curriculum

Our curriculum focuses on rigorous skill building in reading, writing, mathematics, and applying the scientific method. Creative writing, essay composition, and public speaking are emphasized. Boys learn to organize their own academic work to become independent learners. Students connect with the world in a variety of ways. They build a Roman encampment on the shores of Lake Erie while studying Ancient Rome. They travel to Canada to study the Great Lakes and French explorers. And they participate in field studies to research urban issues and explore Cleveland’s neighborhoods.

Engaged faculty and ample resources

Caring and dedicated mentor-teachers in the middle school are attuned to every boy’s unfolding maturity. Your son will be assigned a faculty advisor to oversee his academic and personal progress and to serve as a liaison between the school and the family. The Middle School is specifically designed to meet adolescent boys where they are in their development. They have their own labs, library, student commons, and courtyard. Conway Hall contains a state-of-the-art theater and auditorium, music classrooms, a student art gallery, and a digital music production facility. The Middle School science center is equipped with the latest in technology for learning science.

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Crossing Barriers: Fairfax

Shaker Heights Campus

20701 Brantley Road
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122
GRADES K-8
Phone: 216.321.8260

Hunting Valley Campus

2785 SOM Center Road
Hunting Valley, OH 44022
GRADES 9-12
Phone: 216.831.2200
University School serves 870 boys in grades K-12 on two campuses in suburban Cleveland, Ohio. The School’s mission is to inspire boys of promise to become young men of character who lead and serve. Dedicated faculty, rigorous curriculum, and experiential programs foster intellectual, physical, creative, and moral excellence.