Middle School

Grades 4 - 8

The Detroit Country Day Middle School is committed to providing a supportive environment that allows students to explore and develop their own intellectual, creative and physical abilities. Our goal is to create independent and resilient learners by encouraging failure and celebrating success in a community that values the student-teacher relationship.
These relationships are fostered through the advisory program, a foundation of the Middle School. Advisory provides students with a place of belonging, an adult advocate and a person that can speak to the development of the whole child. In small groups character is developed and social and emotional learning is valued. Through advisory each student is known and mentored through the middle years.
In the classroom, outstanding and dedicated faculty recognize that every child develops and matures at their own rate. Students are encouraged to think critically, collaborate, and make mistakes through an innovative program which includes English, mathematics, science, history, world languages, studio and performing arts and physical education. The rigorous Middle School program is built on engaging and developmentally appropriate academics, while preparing students for Upper School.

Average Class Size

Average Class Size

Small classes allow for individual attention in all curricular subjects.

Average Advisory Size

Average Advisory Size

Advisories provide the personal connection and bonding with a small group of individuals from the Middle School community.

Overnight Field Trips

Overnight Interdisciplinary Field Trips

5th grade goes to Space Camp, 7th grade goes to Florida, 8th grade goes to Boston

The strong, supportive, and engaged DCDS community thrives on relationships. Relationships between the student, the teacher, and the student's family are essential to creating a partnership. The more engagement we can have with each of the constituents, the better we can educate our students.
~ Michael Jenkins, Middle School Director

Sample Courses, Electives, and Programs

   Core Curriculum   

The first academic priority in the Middle School is the development of thinking, writing, and study skills.


Electives include a variety of offerings to meet the skill levels and interests of our students.

Specialty Programs

Specialty programs help our students assimilate to the Middle School community and grasp an understanding of the physical and emotional changes often encountered within this age group.

Curriculum Guide


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The goals of the Middle School are to develop and promote:

  • A love of learning in a challenging, supportive environment
  • Creative, responsible and independent thinkers
  • Problem solving skills through human centered learning
  • Greater individual responsibility, social and moral awareness
  • A respect and appreciation for people of all backgrounds
  • A strong academic foundation that includes the fine and performing arts in preparation for the Upper School curriculum
  • A sense of well being through physical education, health awareness and competitive athletics
  • A well-rounded and conscientious individual developed through programs and experiences outside the classroom