An Important Part of the Journey

GPS Middle School is intentionally and thoughtfully designed for girls in this stage of girlhood. Our program offers a rich and engaging academic program that lays the foundation for students’ academic paths while developing the vital skills for their future success. Our girls are continuously celebrated for their achievements with abundant opportunities and dedicated teachers and adults who know and love them. Through a developmentally appropriate and challenging experience, our girls are well-prepared for their next steps—Upper School, then college, and beyond.

Students in Middle School experience a highly individualized environment where learning is self-directed, hands-on, and multidisciplinary—making their journey more relevant and meaningful. Recognizing that intellectual development is a process, each grade in Middle School is designed to build upon the knowledge and skills attained during the previous grade. This tiered approach allows each girl to gradually and appropriately take ownership of her learning journey.

As important as their mastery of academic disciplines, girls need to acquire skills that will equip them for personal growth and success outside of school. Our approach addresses girls’ intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development.

We challenge each girl to reach her full academic potential and develop into an enthusiastic and curious learner.
"To inspire a girl to reach her highest potential means we understand how to engage her mind, body, and spirit in the learning process. We take our lead from her and, from the first day she steps onto our campus, walk this wondrous journey of growing together."—Lynne Macziewski, Head of Middle School

Middle School at a Glance

  • The GPS Middle School comprises approximately 250 girls in grades six through eight.
  • The GPS sixth-grade class is generally made up of students from 40 different elementary schools in the region. While the majority of students live in and around Chattanooga, some students from nearby cities in Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama also choose GPS for their education.
  • More than 90% of Middle School students begin their GPS journey in sixth grade.
  • The average class size in Middle School is 14.
  • All Middle School students take a course each year dedicated to life and study skills.
  • All Middle School students take courses in fine and performing arts, computer science, and physical education.
  • Eighth-Grade Inquiry requires girls to explore, research, and design a learning experience on a topic of her choosing.
  • After-school enrichment programs allow girls to cultivate interests outside the classroom.
  • All Middle School students use iPads in every class.
  • 98% of GPS Middle Schoolers feel they get the support they need to succeed academically.

Key Goals

  • Give her socioemotional support needed to optimize learning.
  • Expose her to learning opportunities that exercise her creativity, critical analysis, collaboration, and communication skills and lead to self-confidence.
  • Teach her life skills such as time management, organization, study and test-taking skills—crucial for Upper School and college success.
  • Encourage her to make choices that lead to discovering her passions.
  • Create a culture of support and mutual respect among classmates and faculty.
  • Instill a growth mindset in areas where she may struggle; reminding her to change “I can’t do this” to “I can’t do this YET!”.

Browse the Middle School Curriculum

Middle School Curriculum

Sixth Grade

English
  • English 6
History and Social Science
  • Global Cultures
Mathematics
  • Math 6
Science
  • Life Science
World Languages
  • Introduction to the Romance Languages
Arts
  • Art 6
  • Dance 6
  • Exploring Music
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Beginning Winds & Percussion
  • Beginning Strings
  • Middle School Advanced Orchestra
  • Theater Arts 6
Physical Education
  • SHAPE 6
Computer Science
  • Discover CS
Skills
  • Middle School Skills

Seventh Grade

English
  • English 7, Honors English 7
History and Social Science
  • Ancient Civilizations
Mathematics
  • Pre-Algebra, Honors Pre-Algebra
  • Honors Algebra I
Science
  • Earth & Environmental Science
World Languages
  • Introduction to French, French I
  • Introduction to Spanish, Spanish I
  • Introduction to Latin, Latin I
Arts
  • Art 7
  • Dance 7
  • Strings
  • Advanced Wind Ensemble
  • Winds & Percussion
  • Middle School Advanced Orchestra
  • Middle School Choir
  • Theater Arts 7
Physical Education
  • SHAPE 7
Computer Science
  • Design & Discovery
STEM
  • STEM Elective
Skills
  • Human Growth & Development

Eighth Grade

English
  • English 8, Honors English 8
History and Social Science
  • Citizenship in Action
Mathematics
  • Introduction to Algebra
  • Algebra I, Honors Algebra I
  • Honors Geometry
Science
  • Physical Science
World Languages
  • French I, French II
  • Spanish I, Spanish II
  • Latin I, Latin II
Arts
  • Art 8
  • Dance 8
  • Advanced Wind Ensemble
  • Middle School Advanced Orchestra
  • Middle School Choir
  • Theater Arts 8
Physical Education
  • SHAPE 8
Computer Science
  • Digital Makers
STEM
  • STEM Elective
Skills
  • Changes & Choices

Browse Our Middle School Viewbook

    • GPS girls stand on chairs in classroom as part of an activity

      GPS girls stand on chairs in classroom as part of an activity