Middle School

A journey towards personal growth, exploration, and change.

As students leave childhood behind and move into adolescence, exciting opportunities present themselves alongside new academic challenges. Our small classes allow teachers to engage each student, closely monitor progress, and provide extra help and encouragement as needed.

Academics, fine arts, technology, and athletics are at the center of a curriculum designed to challenge and inspire our students. From the time they enter Middle School as sixth graders, they’ll begin to cultivate lifelong skills in communication, collaboration, and creativity.

Teachers help each student reach his or her potential in every discipline. As important as these disciplines are, we understand that many lessons are learned outside the classroom. That’s why our students participate in community service, field trips, and extracurricular activities.

Our Honor Code becomes the framework that supports our character-based mission in every facet of student life. We teach students to act with integrity, as they reap the rewards of teamwork, citizenship, and stewardship.

For your child in the sixth through eighth grades, new horizons become not only evident, but reachable.



  • Athletic teams, outdoor adventures, service projects, fine arts performances, clubs, and dances are integral to life in the Middle School, where being challenged and having fun are considered equally important.
  • More than 80 percent of Middle School students participate on athletic teams. Although sports with larger participation can be divided into “A” and “B” teams, a no-cut policy at the Middle School level means everyone can play.
  • For one week in the fall, Community Week is a highly anticipated activity for all students. Sixth graders spend some time on campus getting acclimated to Middle School and explore Richmond through various field trips; seventh graders participate in community service projects and an overnight adventure in Charlottesville; and eighth graders head back to nature at a wilderness adventure program in the mountains outside of Roanoke.
  • Clubs in photography, Minecraft, stock market, cooking, random acts of kindness, Bryan Innovation Lab ambassadors, and other areas of interest are available on a rotating schedule throughout the year. Student Council also meets regularly to plan fundraisers and events.
  • Every student at The Steward School is a “steward” and is expected to participate in our community service program. Students raise money and provide in-kind gifts and services to a different Richmond area community agency each year. In recent years, the Middle School has supported HomeAgain, Celebrate!RVA, ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation, and Special Olympics.

The Middle School currently includes:

  • 11 classrooms
  • Science Labs
  • Middle School/Upper School Library
  • Middle School/Upper School Dining Commons
  • Bryan Innovation Lab

Steward Voices

Steward is an atmosphere that fosters confidence—something we have seen in all three of our kids. Whether it is playing a new sport, running for a seat on the Honor Council, or singing a solo on Talent Night, they have been encouraged to try, to experience, and to grow.
- Dan and Kathi Campbell, Parents of Abbie ’19, Emma ’17, and Ben ’14

Steward Voices

Steward is the right place for Micah and Kiri because they are able to develop strong connections with their teachers, which in turn facilitates confidence and resilience in their learning. Everyone at Steward knows your name and makes you feel so welcome.
- Paul and Janet Yoon, Parents of Kiri ’27 and Micah ’26

Steward Voices

Steward helped me develop the skills I needed to succeed in college and the courage and confidence to set competitive career goals for myself. But, these skills weren’t lessons I learned just in Steward’s classrooms; they came from the athletic fields, in the hallways, and during Honor Council meetings, too.
- Grace Henderson ’10

Steward Voices

Steward provides Andrew with a nurturing environment which fosters his individualism, develops exemplary character traits, and continuously provides him with creative learning experiences. Consequently, Andrew ‘loves’ school and anticipates each day with joy, enthusiasm, and excitement.
- Betsy Jollay, Grandmother of Andrew O’Leary ’25

Steward Voices

I love all that The Steward School has done for Trace. Steward has uncovered Trace’s talents, celebrated his individuality, and strengthened his belief in himself. The faculty and staff offer an amazing balance of challenge and comfort, encouraging the best from all students. I can’t imagine Trace being anywhere else. Thank you, Steward School.
- Ron Coles, Father of Trace Coles ’19 and Grade 5 Teacher

Steward Voices

Being a member of The Steward School international program has been an awesome experience. The community has helped me tremendously along the way.
- Bowen Chen ’15


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