Mixed-age groupings are a hallmark of our school community, and Family Groups are a long-time tradition.
At the start of the school year, each Middle School student (grades 6-8) becomes a Family Group leader, assigned three or four younger students to work with and mentor. For example, an eighth grader will lead a Family Group consisting of a fifth grader, a third grader, and a kindergartener.
Throughout the year, Family Groups get together – often within a larger group of teachers and students called a Family Circle – to have lunch together, attend assemblies together, and work and play together on school-wide activities, often related to the all-school theme.
Mixed-age grouping is not only a way for students to meet other children across the grades, but they also allow students to work closely with teachers from other classrooms. Seeing the care and enthusiasm with which our older students mentor their young charges is a pleasure!
And you never know when Family Group members will reconnect – a decade after graduating from TPS, one alumnus discovered that his newly assigned intern at work had been his kindergarten Family Group member!