Middle School Student Support
Students at the Middle School are supported on every step of their journey at SMUS, from academic supports from faculty to social supports from friends and schoolmates.
As students discover what interests them, and how they learn, teachers provide the individual assistance they need to get the most out of the experience. We provide individual feedback to support student-identified goals within the learning outcomes.
"The Middle School prepares you so much for the Senior School that it is not hard to make the change. Everyone wants you to do your best, and the teachers and your peers are there to support you the whole time." — Firinne from Victoria, BC
Our learning resource support team helps students conquer obstacles to their academic success. For some students, this help is in the form of workshops and coaching to improve study skills, note-taking and time management. Other students may require more specific support due to learning differences.
Whether students are gifted or they need help with specific learning challenges, our learning resource support program helps all learners reach their full potential.
Health and Wellness
The students have full access to our school counselling team, where they can have confidential support about anything they’re struggling with. Our counsellors want to see the students thrive, and so their focus is always about helping students learn the skills and strategies they need to effectively deal with whatever life challenges they may face. Counselling staff work with students on issues such as life balance, well-being, conflict resolution and stress management.
Students meet every day with their Teacher Advisor Group (TAG), which is similar to homeroom. TAG teachers know their students academically and personally, so they stay on top of their academic progress and their engagement outside of the classroom on an individual basis.
SMUS also has a well-equipped, on-campus Health Centre, where nurses are on-call to provide medical assistance and a doctor comes to campus for appointments.
All new students are welcomed to the Middle School by Grade 8 WEB Leaders. WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) is a transition program built on the belief that students are the best people to help their peers succeed in a new environment.
Becoming a WEB Leader in Grade 8 is one way that students get to demonstrate leadership skills and make a positive impact on the school community. These students act as role models, motivators and leaders who guide their new schoolmates to discover what it takes to be successful in their new schools. They help new students find their way around the campus and answer questions about what it's really like being a Middle School student here.
Academic and social follow-up activities continue throughout the year, giving students a chance to make real and lasting connections with one another.
Each new school year begins with an orientation led by WEB Leaders. It's a fun and energetic day that makes students excited to be proud to attend their new school and allows them to begin developing relationships that will contribute to their success.
Senior School Preparation
Our Middle School and Senior School are on the same campus, so students at both schools share some facilities and experiences. This allows Middle School students a chance to interact with Senior School students, and it also makes the physical transition from Grade 8 to Grade 9 easier.
The academic transition starts halfway through Grade 8. Students will meet with their Grade 9 Academic Advisor to discuss their course selections for the next school year and to ask any questions they may have about life in Senior School.