Middle School

Benchmark's Middle School (Grades 6-8) helps students grow as self-advocates who regulate their learning by knowing what they do well, what they need help to do, and where to get help. All instruction helps students to reflect on their learning and to increase their awareness and understanding of their approach to learning.

Middle school instruction builds on what has been learned in class and mentor group and culminates in a student's personal plan for learning that is documented in a final portfolio.

This portfolio demonstrates the student's growth in four areas: social, emotional, academic, and physical.  Each student writes a series of essays and creates a strategy chart that outlines the student's personal plan for learning in all academic areas that they can take with them into high school and beyond.


My experience at Benchmark made a huge difference in my life. I was taught how to work through difficult problems on my own. I would not be the person I am today if were not for the wonderful and dedicated teachers at Benchmark. 
Nick Hannon, Benchmark '13, The Shipley School '17, Mercyhurst College


Eleanor Gensemer
Head of Middle School