Middle School Program
Middle School Curriculum

Girls' Leadership in Middle School

Forest Ridge Middle School educates girls to be inclusive, ethical, innovative and globally-minded leaders who seek justice in the service of others. We believe every girl can be a leader because everyone can serve, using her strengths to create positive solutions and change.
Our leadership program is designed to develop:
  • Personal leaders who have a strong sense of their strengths and values and are able to motivate themselves to set goals and persist through challenges.
  • Inclusive leaders who understand, value and appreciate differences and are able to bring the best out in others.
  • Ethical leaders who look out for the good of all and understand that their actions have impact.
  • Innovative leaders who believe problems have solutions and work to use their gifts and the talents of others to find solutions
  • Globally-minded leaders who understand that their actions and choices have impact beyond themselves and that the resources of our world need to be cared for and shared.
Four key building blocks are the backbone of our leadership program:
  1. Understanding personal strengths and style
  2. Providing opportunities to practice working collaboratively to solve problems and meet challenges
  3. Teaching strategies for collaboration, communication and creativity
  4. Providing opportunities to give and receive feedback and to reflect on strengths and stretches
Girls work with these building blocks during structured activities in advisory, in classes, and in self-selected experiential opportunities both during the school day and outside of school.

The overall middle school program is infused with opportunities for girls to practice leadership in its many forms: personal, inclusive, ethical, innovative and globally-minded. Forest Ridge Middle School believes one of the best ways to build girl’s leadership skills is by providing a wide variety of leadership opportunities both inside and outside classroom.

Experiential Leadership Trips

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  • Overview

    As globally-minded leaders, our students see themselves as change-agents. They use their innovation, creativity, ingenuity, and compassion to solve problems and affect positive change for all. This sense of global leadership starts close to home. When we come to know and love our local and regional place, we can also come to understand our participation in that place.

    This rootedness engenders deeper connection and a fuller understanding of our interdependence with the natural world. This local or regional understanding can then extend to a global mindset. Stewardship of the earth, both close to home and around the globe, is the responsibility of all active citizens. In taking students outside and connecting classroom leadership skills to a new context, we plant the seeds for this engagement. By giving students an opportunity to engage with nature beyond their comfort zone, we encourage them to see the world, not as a compilation of individual entities and resources valuable only in their worth to human purposes, but rather as a complex and interwoven system to which we belong and in which we must participate. Allowing students to ground this realization in a community-focused and challenging outdoor trip will invite them to embrace their personal leadership. They will explore their decision-making, impact on the environment around them, roles within a group, the power of collaboration and empathy, and their personal and collective strength.

  • Goals

    Every year, middle school students will participate in a multi-day, overnight experience designed to enhance curriculum, practice previously learned leadership skills, and build upon their social and emotional skillsets. While building class community, students will gain practical knowledge about themselves, their environment, and their ability to make a positive difference for the needs of the Earth and its people.
    • Understand the interdependence of human and non-human elements of the world
    • Discover a sense of awe for their local and natural environment
    • Embrace their personal strength as leaders and compassionate participants in their local community and world
    • Build community based on trust, empathy, patience, and respect
    • Hold themselves and each other accountable for the consequences of their choices
    • Practice elements of social-ecological resilience
  • Fifth Grade: Environmental Education

    The fifth grade class trip to IslandWood on Bainbridge Island focuses on the inter-connection of all living things while practicing team building and collaborative skills to identify problems, propose solutions and investigate the environment.
  • Sixth Grade: “Citizens of Puget Sound”

    The sixth grade class trip to Camp Orkila on Orcas Island focuses on being a citizen of Puget Sound. Girls will participate in marine biology experiments both on shore and on the water, explore a variety of ecosystems and build community participating in team challenges.
  • Seventh Grade: Building Connection through New Experiences

    During the seventh grade trip to NatureBridge on the Olympic Peninsula, students will learn about the forces of the earth through hands-on geology field studies and the power of community connections through team challenges. These experiences allow girls the opportunity to practice collaborative problem- solving, while developing personal leadership skills.
  • Eighth Grade: Connection between Self and Place

    The eighth grade will participate in a rock climbing and hiking course at the Northwest Outward Bound School in Mazama, Washington. The students will rock climb and hike in the North Cascades. The Outward Bound program facilitates the development of leadership skills, self-confidence, interpersonal growth and character development.
FOREST RIDGE SCHOOL OF THE SACRED HEART   .  4800 139th Avenue S.E.  .  Bellevue, WA, 98006-3015  .  425-641-0700