Middle School



Every spring, students in Middle School experience a four-day week immersed in an experiential and intellectually rigorous course. This unique format emphasizes hands-on, student-centred learning that provides the opportunity for off-campus excursions and learning in our community. Selwyn House faculty and staff facilitate courses through a project-based learning approach while exploring topics and issues that reflect their own interests and passions. Students engage in daily activities that enable them to think critically, design, plan and produce something meaningful that is shared with their peers and teachers alike. Through this process, students will deepen their understanding of themselves and of their peers, teachers, and wider community, enabling them to empathize with others and apply these skills in everyday contexts.

What are key characteristics of a Middle School Intensive Course? 
  • The course takes place over four days.
  • Reflection is a key component that is built into each day. There is time for personal reflection and group discussion to help process the learning in productive and meaningful ways. 
  • Evaluation does not occur through traditional written tests. Rather engagement is focused on the creation of something meaningful inspired by the theme and driving question of the course. 
  • Group sizes range from 8-16 students and students are mixed between Grades 7 & 8. Students get to choose their top course selections and are placed in one that interests them. 
  • Experiences in the community (off-campus) are integrated into the class strategically.

Click here to see the intensives offered for April 2022.