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Message From Middle School Division Head

Dee Maxey


It is my great pleasure to welcome you to Riverfield’s Middle School. While many adults don't have fond memories of their Middle School experiences, I am inspired by this dynamic, often transformative time in a student's life. It’s why I have been a Middle School educator for more than 20 years.

Middle School students are actively engaged in formulating their identity separate from the adults in their lives. They often have big ideas and the passion to make a difference in the world. Riverfield’s Middle School program taps into this energy, and we challenge students to think and question, make connections, refine, act, and reflect on their actions. Academically, Riverfield students are expected to engage in both independent and collaborative learning, in an integrated curriculum where content areas cross boundaries and are not completely separated into individual silos. Application of learning and community connection are axioms, with the Design Doing process guiding much of our Project Based Learning.

Please take the time to visit us and see what is possible in an academically challenging environment within a community that cares.

The Middle School is fortunate to have a professional, dedicated faculty who model lifelong learning through ongoing, intentional professional development to make sure we are constantly evolving to meet our student’s needs in this changing world.  Community is at the heart of everything we do, and we work diligently to foster connections between students, faculty, and staff, with our multi-aged House system as a strong foundation. Pre-adolescence is a time of remarkable development across all domains -- cognitively, physically, socially, emotionally, and morally -- and Riverfield’s Middle School team is committed to supporting and validating students, and their families, as they navigate these years.

Best Regards,
Dee Maxey