Middle School Distinctive Programs


Have you ever thought, there has to be a more complicated way to do this task? Yes? Then you are on your first step to designing a Rube Goldberg machine! Seventh-grade students will be using their science and engineering practices to design their very own Rube Goldberg machine this year in connection with our physics unit.


A unique and collaborative program that provides the student an opportunity to vision, design, and execute props and set pieces for performance events.


Students use Lego robotics platforms to do coding, problem-solving and proportional reasoning. They also have opportunities for creativity, designing their own challenges and robots.


Each fall, the 5th-grade team spends two days at Camp Piomingo in Otter Creek Park participating in group activities designed to build relationships and leadership skills. They hike to beautiful overlooks of the Ohio River, zip line, shoot archery in the archery range, climb up the high ropes course, slide through the pipeline slide and sing songs and tell stories over a crackling campfire.


The students spend a night camping and utilizing programming designed to exercise both the minds and bodies of the 6th grade.

Mammoth Cave National Park

7th-grade students will travel to Mammoth Cave National Park in the spring. Teachers and students use this excursion as a team-building activity and a fantastic learning experience in a national park.


In English 8, students engage in Socratic circles, where they plan and participate in formal discussions, based on a text, in which the leader asks open-ended questions. Within the context of the discussion, students listen closely to the comments of others, thinking critically for themselves, and articulate their own thoughts and their responses.


Whitewater rafting and participation in obstacle courses are designed to strengthen relationships, build leadership skills and explore the natural beauty of our country while pushing students to stretch outside of their comfort zones and develop inner strength.


The ME Project is an opportunity for each 8th-grade student to reflect on their own growth over the course of their entire middle school experience. Students share their reflections in a ten-minute speech in front of their classmates and families. Students strengthen their writing and public speaking skills, as well as acknowledge those people who have made positive contributions to their lives.


Collegiate’s Middle School Advisory Program is a mission-based program that provides each student with a faculty advisor who serves as the student’s primary advocate and mentor regarding academic and social growth and development.


Students brainstorm, design, and create solutions to world problems, integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics to develop and prototype working inventions.


Throughout the year in Sixth Grade Global Studies students creatively design a utopian society to display their growing understanding of global connectivity. Problem-solving techniques, research, guest speakers, and diplomacy will help them form sustainable resources, human right policies, and an effective government that reflects their individual values.