Welcome to the Middle School

At Head-Royce, we are very clear about exactly what middle schoolers need. They are not overgrown elementary school kids or miniature high schoolers. The Middle School years constitute a distinctive period of rapid growth and development — intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally.

Middle schoolers are reaching out into an adult world of ideas and experiences, yet they hang on to the comfortable and familiar. They long for independence, but they still need structure and guidance. They want to develop new relationships and make different kinds of social connections, but they feel more self-conscious than ever before. They are just beginning to find their talents and passions. Teachers at Head-Royce understand middle schoolers and they know how to create an environment where they will grow, thrive and develop self-confidence.

The Middle School provides a developmentally appropriate sequential program for grades 6 through 8. Our integrated program includes literature, music, language, history, math and science labs and hands-on arts activities. As they progress through the program, students master the analytical, problem solving and writing skills they’ll need to succeed in a rigorous college-prep Upper School program. The Middle School experience is all about tackling new academic challenges and navigating through transitions.

Linda Hoopes
Middle School Head

Middle School Curriculum

Linda Hoopes
Head of Middle School
(510) 531-1300 x2511

Brian Barish
Assistant Middle School Head
(510) 531-1300 x2420

Francine Peters
Assistant to the Middle School Head
(510) 531-1300 x2510

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