Middle School Academics (5-8)

With the guidance of a caring and dedicated faculty, middle school students develop the skills needed for success in the classroom. The focus of every class is to challenge and provide support to our students. Through this intentional balance, our students strengthen their self-esteem and confidence and become well equipped to tackle the challenges of upper school and beyond.

From the Director

As the entry level to an independent college preparatory girls' school, the Middle School strives to provide a flexible and consistent environment that emphasizes intellectual and personal development.


The Harpeth Hall School's Middle School Leadership Development program is designed to help each student realize and embrace her leadership potential.

Public Purpose

Harpeth Hall develops responsible citizens who have global perspectives and make meaningful contributions to their communities and the world. 



Did You Know?

Harpeth Hall Middle School receives recognition for excellence in STEM.

Middle School students' creative writing is highlighted in the annual publication Intersections.

All Middle School students participate in Public Purpose and Leadership programs.

Several Harpeth Hall Middle School students received recognition in the EngineerGirl essay competition.

Every Harpeth Hall student joins one of four Spirit Clubs to celebrate Honeybear fun!

Explore our Curriculum


Harpeth Hall’s leadership development program sees every girl as a leader. Grounded in respect, integrity, individuality, goodness, and trust, girls hone their leadership skills through a variety of experiences, including public speaking, classroom presentations, on the athletic field, on stage, and in interactions with the greater community through service learning and internships.

Scholars Engaged in Extending Knowledge (SEEK)

The SEEK Program was established to provide seventh and eighth grade students a means to pursue independent study in an area of her choice. The initiative is designed to encourage a student to expand her learning beyond the standard curriculum with the support of an in-school and/or out-of-school adult mentor.  A student with the desire and passion to explore a particular topic or subject of interest will be provided with the guidance and financial support necessary to complete the study of her choice. The topic she chooses to explore may be an extension of work she has done for a specific class, study in an area untapped by the Middle School curriculum, or the pursuit of a new skill or creative endeavor. 

Life Balance

Middle School is an ideal time to learn healthy ways to balance one’s life.  Our emphasis on leadership development and the role it plays in helping girls learn to make meaningful choices is woven throughout the Life Balance curriculum.  Various formats are used as springboards for discussion of the following developmentally-appropriate principles of our wellness model: leadership, relationships, emotional life, mind-body connection, meaningful life purpose, movement, and nutrition.

Enrichment Classes

Students have additional opportunities to grow their talents during enrichment class electives that meet during the school day. Enrichment classes include Forensics Club, First Lego League Robotics Team, Model United Nations, Number Crunchers, Library Leaders, and the Middle School Literary Magazine.

Library and Technology

When students graduate from Harpeth Hall, they have the skills to perform sophisticated research and comfort with computers and many common applications. Information literacy skills, including library and technology skills along with digital citizenship, are taught at all grade levels and across all disciplines. These skills are taught within the context of the curriculum.


Visual Arts

The Middle School visual arts program is designed to stimulate and encourage creativity, build confidence in technical abilities, and provide students with a solid foundation in the elements and principles of art.  Skills are developed in each medium through age-appropriate projects that build upon what students have learned the previous years, as they advance from fifth through eighth grades. Student artwork is continually displayed in the halls of the Middle School. All students receive sketchbooks to establish the habit of drawing, and sketchbook assignments are given throughout the course. An introduction to various important art and artists of the world is incorporated into appropriate lessons. At each grade level, a love of art and creating art is nurtured, and individual self-expression encouraged.

Drama and Speech

Middle School drama and speech courses are designed to give students opportunities to explore basic communication and presentation skills. Course work provides opportunities to explore different modes of self-expression related to public speaking and drama in an environment in which the student feels challenged, yet safe and encouraged. Classes impart useful information and provide a forum for presentations, discussions, and peer critiques designed to broaden the students’ intellectual understanding and appreciation of the art form involved.


Music courses in the Middle School are designed to give students a broad experience in both choral and orchestral music, as well as a survey of music history and music theory. The primary focus is on acquiring techniques that will enhance their performance skills as well as prepare them for Upper School ensembles. The program includes music from a variety of cultures, countries, and languages.


Middle School dance covers creative movement, modern, Ballet, jazz, and tap techniques. The goal of each class is to provide a nonthreatening environment that helps the student become comfortable with movement in a wide variety of genres. Opportunities for performance are available in the co-curricular Dance Companies, which meet after school.

Physical Education

The Middle School physical education program promotes the importance of lifetime fitness and physical activity.  Core movements and exercises, such as body weight push-ups and squats, are intertwined throughout the program.  Students are encouraged to understand  the importance of regular physical activity as an essential component of one’s overall physical and mental health.  The program is designed for every student to find their own love of physical activity by introducing students to a variety of activities and sports that focus on movement and fitness.  Students will learn how to work with a team, practice good sportsmanship, and demonstrate respect for self and others while participating in games and sports.