Middle School

Windward’s Middle School administration and faculty create a dynamic environment that fosters student success in all areas of school life. We encourage students to work diligently, to do their best, and to respect all work done in this spirit. Our programs enhance our students’ confidence, curiosity, and integrity.

Our Middle School program provides a challenging, stimulating learning environment. We know that young adolescents learn best when they engage actively with material. Our innovative classrooms inspire students to develop the academic and critical thinking skills needed for success in Upper School and in life. We are further committed to providing excellence in the fine and performing arts, physical education, athletics, and community service, where students develop their talents, character, and leadership skills.

Windward’s nurturing, inclusive community is an ideal learning environment. We recognize that young adolescents thrive when they have strong bonds with the adults in their lives. Our Middle School faculty members are talented, caring, and accessible professionals devoted to developing meaningful relationships with students. Windward emphasizes positive group interaction based on respect for the individuality of all students. Students learn strong work habits, learn to ask questions and take risks, and learn to become their own advocates.

Our Middle School students move into the Upper School as self-assured, well balanced, confident young adults with a genuine love of learning.

Sample Course of Study

List of 2 items.

  • Eighth Grade

    • English 8
    • Spanish 1B, French 1B, or Mandarin 1B
    • Introduction to American History
    • Principles of Science 2
    • Intro to Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 1 Honors, Geometry, Geometry Honors, Algebra 2/Trig Honors
    • Art/Electives (Students select from several options.)
    • Physical Education (Students may choose to fulfill the physical education requirements by either taking a PE class, dance, or participating on an athletic team.)
  • Seventh Grade

    • English 7
    • Spanish 1A, French 1A, or Mandarin 1A
    • Introduction to American Government
    • Principles of Science 1
    • Pre-Algebra, Accelerated Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1 Honors, or Geometry Honors
    • Art/Electives (Students select from several options.)
    • Physical Education (Students may choose to fulfill the physical education requirements by either taking a PE class, dance, or participating on an athletic team.)

Meet the Team

List of 5 members.

  • Eric Mandel 

    Assistant Head of School, Director of Middle School, History Teacher
    (424) 289-1025
  • Dr.  Emily Dawe 

    Associate Director of Middle School, Math Teacher
    (424) 289-1026
  • Ann-Marie Hobbs 

    Middle School Dean of Students, Admissions Associate
    (424) 289-1024
  • Tammy Clem 

    Director of Counseling Services, Middle School, Associate Director of Diversity and Inclusivity
    (424) 289-1037
  • Eveneshia Hedgeman 

    Administrative Coordinator to the Middle School Division, Attendance Administrator
    (424) 289-1002

Spotlight Programs

Windward School is a 7-12, co-educational, independent day school in Los Angeles, California.