Middle School

Bayside Academy’s Middle School focuses on developing the whole student, fine-tuning the academic and social skills students will need to become lifelong learners. The Middle School faculty represents a strong group of role models and professionals who strive to support and challenge our students and who model Bayside’s core values every day. Middle School students are not just “stuck in the middle”—we work hard to honor their potential and the unique season of life they are in by maintaining a rigorous academic program with many opportunities to explore and grow as they form their identities as citizens and learners. Students are encouraged to look at the community outside of our school to find ways to learn and serve.
Students in Bayside’s Middle School learn through student-centered, hands-on activities that are exploration- and inquiry-based. In math, students are taught using curriculum and methods based in number sense and real-world problem-solving with the goal of understanding and then mastering the concepts of mathematics. Middle School students have dedicated classes in the science labs and STEM spaces each week with a focus on authentic discovery and design, connected to the world around them. In language arts, students are encouraged to explore their individual style as creative writers while mastering the structure of the English language, spelling, and grammar. In social studies, students focus on the history of our state and country, building to thorough studies of United States geography and world geography through global issues. Students are taught Spanish language and culture using a comprehensible input approach based in conversation and storytelling. Additionally, all fifth grade students are required to participate in band and take both art and drama classes. Older students choose to join the school’s band or focus on drama and art. Play and physical activity are prioritized during our busy days in Middle School: students have a structured PE class 2–3 times each week and formal recess time for free play on The Bluff at least once a week. We have opportunities throughout every school day for light recess during lunch and community time.
Each grade in the Middle School brings a host of experiences to facilitate practical application of the concepts learned in the classroom as well as annual traditions that are unique to each grade. Fifth graders take a three-day, two-night trip to Dauphin Island Sea Lab to learn about coastal resources and gulf marine life. Sixth graders take a three-day, two-night trip to McDowell Farm School for a unique experience learning about sustainable farming and where our food comes from while working beside and learning about classmates. In recent years, seventh graders have traveled to Huntsville and New Orleans. The culminating trip in Middle School is for our eighth graders who travel to Washington, D.C.

Daniel Kriebel, Head of Lower & Middle Schools

From the moment you first set foot on Bayside's bluff, you are taken aback by Bayside's natural beauty and immediately realize you are in a special place; however, it's the incredible people who call our campus home—our students, teachers, parents and staff—that truly epitomize what a special school community we have here at Bayside Academy.

Browse Middle School

Meet the Middle School Administration

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Daniel Kriebel

    Daniel Kriebel 

    Head of Lower and Middle Schools
    (251) 338-6339
  • Photo of John Long

    Wade Long 

    Middle School Dean of Students
    (251) 338-6397
  • Photo of Samantha Broughton

    Samantha Broughton 

    Middle School Administrative Assistant
    (251) 338-6414
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