Progressive Middle School in Fell’s Point

After 9 years of educating children in Baltimore, we welcomed our first 6th-grade class in 2016. Our Middle School program has expanded to 7th grade for the 2017–2018 academic year, and we will encompass grades 6 through 8 by fall 2018.

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.”

—Plutarch

Middle School Areas of Focus

TNCS’s Middle School program cultivates critical thinking, preparing students to enter competitive high-school environments. The curriculum focuses on mastery of core academics, STEM, and modern world languages. Class sizes are small, allowing teachers to differentiate instruction and offer individualized support. Rigor is infused through the program, with students taking on increasingly complex tasks through the Middle School grades.

Literature & Language Arts

  • Citing textual evidence to support analysis
  • Writing arguments to support claims
  • Reading and comprehending literature

World Languages & Cultures

  • Building fluency in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish
  • Enhancing geographic knowledge and cultural understanding

Study Skills

  • Planning and scheduling time
  • Surveying and skimming texts
  • Learning a variety of note-taking formats
  • Acquiring test-taking strategies

Science

  • Following multistep procedures
  • Developing and using models
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Exploring science-related social issues

Mathematics

  • Developing real-life and mathematical problem-solving
  • Expanding algebraic and geometric thinking
  • Understanding statistics and probability

Technology

  • Using technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and link to and cite sources
  • Employing mobile devices and applying web-based tools across curriculum topics

Physical Education

  • Practicing fitness and honing sports skills
  • Studying health and nutrition

Music

  • Reading music
  • Playing a musical instrument

Art

  • Utilizing a wide variety of media and techniques
  • Studying art history and appreciation

Transferring in to the 6th-Grade Program

TNCS is reserving a limited number of 6th-grade spots for transfer students from Baltimore City public elementary schools and other private schools. Applicants are required to submit elementary school transcripts and letters of recommendation and to undergo an interview.
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Jennifer Mother

Over the many years my daughter has been at TNCS, she’s grown tremendously both personally and academically. We’re very much looking forward to continuing the journey as she transitions to Middle School.

Jennifer L.

Mother