Welcome to the Middle School at Harrisburg Academy!

Middle School years are a time of physical, intellectual, and emotional development, and the Academy recognizes that these changes present unique and wonderful opportunities for young people and their teachers.
Acknowledging the energy and enthusiasm of early adolescents, we have created a dynamic program that empowers Middle School students and successfully prepares them for the Upper School (high school) and beyond. Learning at the Academy is a powerful and enjoyable experience.

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  • Before/After Care

    We understand that your day does not always start at 8 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. which is why drop-off begins at 7:30 a.m. and after-school coverage continues until 5:30 p.m.

    MS Study Club, our after-school coverage for Middle School students, offers the opportunity to have a quiet work environment in the MSUS library proctored by an Academy teacher. During Study Club, students also have access to all MS teachers until 3:45 p.m. for assistance in specific subjects. MS Study Club is available for all MS students for a seasonal fee, and is charged in concurrence with our MS Sports season schedule.
  • Middle Years Program

    The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Program (MYP) emphasizes intellectual challenge. It encourages students aged 11 to 16 to make practical connections between their studies and the real world, preparing them for success in further study and in life. Click here to learn more about the Middle Years Program. 
  • Co-Curricular Activities & the Arts

    Co-curricular opportunities include athletics –– soccer, basketball, swimming, and cross country –– as well as a wide range of in-school clubs, including newspaper, literary magazine, environmental club, and Tech Club. In season, Ski Club is also a popular weekly event in Middle School. Middle School students are involved in fine and performing arts, including Grandparents Day concerts (fall), drama productions (winter and spring), All-School Concert (winter), and Middle School musical (spring).
  • Curriculum

    Core curriculum offerings in Middle School include mathematics, English, science, social studies, and world languages (Spanish and French). The curriculum is further enhanced by health and fitness, computer science, music, and studio art classes. Curriculum-enhancing field trips, creative outlets for self-expression, and class-bonding social events, like dances and after-school outings, are a vital part of the Academy’s Middle School program.
  • Learning Structure

    Every student is assigned to an advisor who monitors his or her academic and personal development. The Middle School team, which includes faculty, the school counselor, and the head of Middle and Upper Schools, meets at regular times during the academic cycle. At team meetings, teachers address curricular scope and sequence, long-term projects, event planning, and individual student concerns.
  • Preparing for College

    As a college preparatory school, we devote extensive resources to individually guiding our students through the college search process. Our head of Middle and Upper Schools, Ben Murphy, and our director of college counseling, Keo Oura Kounlavong-Sabath, work one-on-one with students and their families during their four-year experience in our Upper School (for students who attend the Academy for 8th grade, we offer special college counseling opportunities to prepare them for their Upper School experience).

    Our director of college counseling assists students and their families by providing access to a vast library of materials, information nights, financial aid sessions, college trips, a college fair, and a college prep course. Our college placement rate is 100 percent, with more than two-thirds of students typically attending “Most Competitive” or “Highly Competitive” colleges and universities, which comprise the top 5 percent of higher education institutions in the United States. Our juniors’ SAT score averages about 300 points higher than the national average.
  • Tuition & Financial Assistance

    The Academy strives to remain competitive in an ever-changing economy. Need-based financial aid is available for students in 1st-12th grade. Click here for full information on tuition and the admission process.

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  • Photo of Benjamin Murphy

    Benjamin Murphy 

    Head of Middle & Upper Schools
When students achieve both a solid understanding of basic learning concepts and are given the freedom to think critically, they find the “joy in learning.