Transitional Middle School

Meeting the Needs of Young Learners

Ann Arbor Academy is devoted to meeting the needs of our young learners, and we have found that being a certain age doesn’t mean that the developmental timeline of a student is at a particular place. Our Transitional Middle School (TMS) program takes a gentle approach to the middle school experience. Students who need extra support stay with their class group for reading, math, history, and science, and join the Upper School students for afternoon electives.

Decoding, Fluency, and Comprehension

Reading class focuses on decoding, fluency, and comprehension skills at the level of each learner. Writing is a major focus and occurs across academic areas with structure and support. Math is done at a student’s level, and some students will take math class in the Upper School, if they’re ready for advanced work. Science is project based and blends natural and physical science topics in an engaging framework.

Focus on Academic and Organizational Skills

TMS students sometimes remain in the program for a full school year, and sometimes transition to the Upper School partway through the year. The focus is on the developmental needs of each learner, and their readiness for the academic and organizational skills needed for the Upper School.