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Middle School

SCHOOL DAY: 8:15 AM - 3:00 PM

CDS Middle School continues to focus on the whole child; nurturing academic growth and stamina, fostering social-emotional maturity, and maintaining high expectations of character and kindness.  Students are encouraged to be appropriate risk-takers and empathic citizens in order to discover new passions, understand new perspectives, and promote strengths that will lead to community and global impact.

Academics & Curriculum

CDS Middle School provides a bridge for children in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade between the self-contained elementary classroom and departmentalized high school programs. Designed to meet the needs of early adolescence, Middle School helps a student develop skills, independence, and a sense of self. Read more about our middle school academics and curriculum.

Beyond the Classroom

CDS believes some of the best learning happens outside the classroom. Read more about this program. Follow our Patriots on the Road Instagram account to see some of the amazing trips our middle schoolers take.

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Education With Character

CDS has several program and resources in place to support the wellness and success for all students. Read more



Middle School average student to teacher ratio


Middle School students learn coding


Middle School students participate in the arts


Middle School students take IB courses


The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), teaches our students to think critically and ask fundamental questions. The engine driving the MYP through every class moves on the belief that all students can be taught strong applicable skills to independently solve real-world problems. The learning environment challenges them to strive for their personal best and develop a passion for learning. 

Meet our Middle School Team

Chuck Maddox
Stacey Frankel, Assistant Head of Middle School
Dan Holtsclaw, Head of Middle School
Sabrina McCartney MYP Coordinator