Middle School

The Stony Brook School Middle School curriculum stresses skill building in a nurturing environment that encourages self-discipline and imagination.  This work prepares students for the rigors of our Upper School curriculum and the pace of a college preparatory education.

During the seventh grade year, a double period gives students a powerful grounding in English.  This experience prepares them to read and assess literature with more sophistication and also gives them the foundation in grammar necessary to begin developing their own voice.  Seventh graders also begin the study of the Bible that is woven throughout the School's curriculum.

During the eighth grade year, a cross-pollination of themes and skills used in English, social studies and Bible encourages critical thinking and introduces students to a multifaceted world with historical depth and spiritual complexity.  Various forms of visual and dramatic arts are integrated into these classes.  Students also begin the challenge of their foreign language sequence and are prepared in pre-algebra for the Upper School math sequence.  The Middle School curriculum also prepares students with the foundational life science and earth science classes.  Maturity and self-advocacy are emphasized throughout to help ensure that the student will enter high school with confidence and skill.

The commitment to small class size (average of 14 to 18 students) as well as the structured approach to personal organization, time management, and responsibility gives Middle School students the environment and skill to thrive on the road to college.

As students become excited about their own learning and growth, they are also encouraged to contribute to the larger community.  The Stony Brook School prizes service to others, and the Middle School offers regular opportunities for community service.

Middle School students are also offered the opportunity to be assigned an Upper School mentor, usually a junior or senior.  This mentor works with and encourages his/her younger counterpart, serving as an important role model as they prepare for entrance into the Upper School program.

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  • Academic Updates 11.18.2022

    Dear Students, 
    Here are a few updates from your Academic Prefect and Academic Council!

    Academic Wellness
    In this busy season, managing your time and preparing for end-of-semester assessments will be key! Here is a helpful list of time management skills from Dartmouth College’s Academic Skills Center. And here is a list of helpful resources for coping with anxiety about exams.

    Peer Tutoring
    Need some help in a class? Fill out this Peer Tutoring form!

    Internships and Publications
    We will be posting a handful of excellent research and internship opportunities on this page throughout the year. Please find a running list of these internships at this link.  Please contact the Academic Office to learn more.

    Established in 1990, Partners for the Future provides an opportunity for talented Long Island high school students to have hands-on experience in biomedical research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. The program is open to high school students entering their senior year who are nominated by their school science chairperson. Each science chairperson may nominate two students during their junior year. Semi-finalists are interviewed by Laboratory scientists and winners go on to spend a minimum of 10 hours per week, September through March of their senior year, doing original research under the watchful eye of a scientist mentor. At the conclusion of the program, students give oral presentations of their research projects to an enthusiastic audience of the students’ scientific mentors, Lab administrators, parents and teachers.

    The High School Research Program (HSRP) is a highly competitive six-week educational program for students interested in pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) studies.  Application deadline: January 9, 2023.

    Founded by an SBS alum, the JSTEP Global High School Fellowship is a free program geared towards high school students from all over the world who are passionate about science, technology, ethics, and policy (STEP). Spearheaded by the Community Innovation and Learning arm of the Columbia University Journal on Science, Technology, Ethics, and Policy, JSTEP Fellows will have the opportunity to engage in a series of talks and workshops led by various members of the Columbia JSTEP team, as well as Columbia professors and other student leaders.


Meet the Middle School Academic Team

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Tonja Detwiler

    Tonja Detwiler 

    Dean of Students Grades 7-12
  • Photo of Sean Riley

    Dr. Sean Riley 

    Executive Director of Gravitas

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A Christian, co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for 7-12th grade students