We are a 5-8 division of the Linsly School, which recognizes how incredibly important the middle grades are in the academic and social development of young adolescents. The middle years are a critical time in the identity formation of each student; therefore, character development, in addition to a rich and rigorous academic program , is an integral part of all educational endeavors at the Linsly Middle School.
Linsly Middle School students begin their day by moving through two academic classes that last 65 minutes in duration. The periods allow for more depth of instruction and provide opportunities for a variety of educational activities to engage students in active learning. Teachers mindfully design lessons in their content area that incorporate the 8 characteristics of an engaged classroom: movement, problem-solving/critical thinking, student participation, individualized instruction, real-world connections, student collaboration, varied activities, and alternative assessment. Teachers plan cross-curricular lessons as well as field trip experiences for students at each grade level in the middle school. In addition to the core subjects, each year of the middle school curriculum includes a course in Health/PE, Art, Music, Performing Arts, and Foreign Language.
Middle School students meet in an “Advisor Period” every morning, followed by the "A-Block." The Advisory program at the middle school is one-way middle school students are supported for success. Advisors help each student set academic and extracurricular goals and many advisory groups engage in community service activities or campus initiatives that extend beyond the school day. Each student is assigned to an advisor during their middle school years. During the "A-Block" portion of this time, students may participate in clubs or pursue academic enhancement activities.
Following a thirty-minute lunch period, the Middle School students continue their school day with 3 additional academic classes that last 65 minutes in duration.
Linsly Middle School students are dismissed from class at 3:00, but for most students, their day doesn’t end there. In the half-hour immediately after school, students are encouraged to seek extra help from their teachers. They may also go to the library to study or work on school projects with their peers. There are a variety of middle school sports teams each season that practice and compete after school and the Williams Art Center is also open to students who wish to pursue art enrichment.
Cultural Experience - Linsly Middle School aims to prepare all students for participation in a global society. The Linsly School admits students from all over the world; in fact, 20% of Linsly students are international. Middle school students learn about language and culture within a variety of exploratory language courses. By the end of middle school, Linsly students will have completed courses in Multicultural Language Arts, French, Spanish, German, and Latin. In 8th grade, students choose a level 1 language in either French, German, Latin, or Spanish.
Student Support - Linsly Middle School believes in supporting each and every student both academically and socially. The support begins within the classroom where the average class size in grades 5 & 6 is 12 and in grades 7 & 8 is 15. Small class size allows for more individualized instruction within each course. For those students who need extra academic support beyond the classroom, the middle school offers a peer tutoring program, facilitated by Language Arts teacher Mrs. Loudermilk. Students can be referred to the program by a teacher, a parent, or themselves. They receive extra help from an 8th grade tutor during a Flex period, and their progress is monitored by Mrs. Loudermilk.
Maggie Allison has been an ELA teacher and/or administrator in both public and private schools for 25 years. She holds a B.S. in Secondary Education from Penn State University and an MEd in Education Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed coursework (ABD) at West Virginia University towards a PhD in Curriculum, Literacy, and Culture.
Mrs. Allison began her career as a middle school language arts teacher and then went on to become a middle school principal at Trinity Middle School (Washington, PA) and Mt. Lebanon (Pittsburgh). Mrs. Allison has two daughters, Vivian and Charlie, and in 2005, when Charlie was an infant, she left public education to teach part-time in the English Department at Washington & Jefferson College while attending WVU for her PhD. Mrs. Allison came to Linsly in 2012 and taught sophomore English for 3 years before becoming the Middle School Dean. Mrs. Allison loves her position at Linsly because it affords her the opportunity to work as both an educational leader while also getting to teach middle school Language Arts: the best of both worlds!
Mrs. Allison lives in Washington, PA and in her spare time she enjoys playing tennis and travelling.
"Thank you for your kind words acknowledging our daughter’s efforts this year. As both a parent and teacher, I want to let you know how much your effort to write this message meant. This is a beautiful example of why Linsly is the best middle school choice."
"I want to thank you for your help resolving a conflict between my son and another boy. When I picked him up at dismissal today, they were both walking and smiling and talking. I almost started crying I was so happy. Sometimes I feel like if communication happens early on so many problems can be avoided. I am so glad that you guys were already in motion at school. It was a great ending for something that could’ve gone not so great. Thank you for letting them talk about it and handle it in a mature fashion. Our son seems completely more at peace now and was happy on the way home from school. We can’t thank you enough!!"
"I wanted to take a minute to let you know how excited my son is about what is planned for today’s 8th grade Outdoor experience. I have never seen him so eager to go to school! Thank you for taking the time, energy and creativity to put together this activity."