Middle School Programs
Episcopal School of Nashville is an independent co-educational Pre-K through middle school, serving students of diverse ethnic, cultural, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds. Valuing the education of the whole child, the school encourages students to engage their minds, bodies, and spirits as they grow in confidence and communion with others.
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Middle School Programs

Middle School includes 6th through 8th grades for the 2022-2023 school year. In Episcopal School’s Middle School programs, students learn the practical application of concepts and themes as well as integration of concrete knowledge with broader concepts, in order to prepare them for high school. 


ESN Middle School Program Overview

Middle School is an important milestone in a student’s life. It is a time when they are transitioning out of elementary school into young adulthood, and are maturing intellectually, spiritually, social-emotionally, and physically. These Middle School years often shape a child’s beliefs and perspectives about themselves, their communities, and the world around them.

At ESN, our Middle School Program nurtures, inspires, and guides students through this important time in their lives.


  • Our Advisory Program follows the Development Design Advisory Curriculum, which provides a time daily for students to connect and collaborate, as well as reinforce organizational and problem-solving skills together.
  • Our core academic and specials classes focus on building core skills and content knowledge, as well as applying our learning to the real world.
  • Our small class sizes allow us to work with community partners to support our curriculum.
  • Our programs include growing produce to take to the Farmers Market, building our own bikes with Oasis Center, and learning drumming and Capoeira with the Global Education Center.


Middle School teachers collaborate to design rigorous and meaningful learning opportunities for students daily, in order to help students move towards independence in their learning and develop into thoughtful, engaged active community members.


Kristin Paine


English Language Arts consists of reading, vocabulary, writing, grammar, and spelling instruction. With six close reading questions as guides, students read a wide range of novels.  They then lead discussions designed to help them find deeper meaning and daily parallels.    Writing is a blend of cross-curricular composition (math, science, and social studies) and writer’s workshop. Spelling and grammar entail nightly homework, while reading, writing, and vocabulary instruction take place in the classroom.


Tyree Jordan


In middle school at ESN, students learn science by doing science. Students use an inquiry approach to ask questions and solve problems about the natural world. They navigate their own way through the Next Generation Science Standards by finding connections to their own interests in the physical sciences, life sciences, Earth and space sciences, engineering, and technology. We work closely with the other middle school subjects to put science in a personal and historical perspective.


Michael Rose


Middle School math follows a rigorous curriculum, in order to build critical foundational skills and instill a love of mathematics.  Students build number sense and work on concepts of measurement and data, fractions, algebraic thinking, and geometry. Math is a series of concepts that provides a basis for logical reasoning and problem-solving. Math class gives students an opportunity to develop good mental habits, including flexibility in approaching problems, rational thinking, searching for real-life applications, and welcoming collaboration. 

Social Studies

Hanna Rose


Social Studies at ESN is designed to help students become thoughtful, engaged citizens, who can understand both current and historical events from multiple perspectives. Their Social Studies curriculum explores Tennessee, U.S, and World History, with the primary goals of inspiring curiosity about the world around them, building background knowledge, developing research, writing and critical thinking skills, learning to follow their interests, and engaging in critical analysis or current events. Through hands-on projects, integrated research units, and field trips/community engagement, we’ll explore how history has shaped the world we live in as we strive to be the most inclusive, thoughtful, and engaged citizens we can be.

In the Classroom

Outside the Classroom