In sustaining a Middle School program that honors and celebrates the stage of human development called early adolescence, Parker strives to model and curate spaces for developing empathy and identity, with countless opportunities for students to grow intellectually, personally and socially, Our Middle School faculty and staff offer all children the sense of safety and belonging they need to be themselves and engage in a process of self-discovery. An Advisory program provides students with an adult mentor at school who helps them make sound decisions, set priorities and size-up challenges. As the parent of an early adolescent, you may consider the Advisor your point person at school, collaborating with you to promote student independence, self-advocacy and the self-confidence that results from playing a larger role in problem solving and working through challenges with greater self-sufficiency. Our Middle Schoolers also lead full lives beyond the classroom, engaging in community service, athletics and myriad club activities that lead to the discovery of new fields, talents, friendships, mentors, contexts, issues and identities. These activities also provide opportunities for early adolescents to practice and demonstrate responsibility, citizenship (esteeming service to community above service to self), cooperation, active listening, leadership and resilience. We do everything with our Middle Schoolers with thoughtfulness and intention, designed and facilitated by educators who possess expertise in early adolescence and find joy in working with this unique age group.