Charles Wright’s teachers love to get their students out of the classroom and into the world around us. The entire Middle School community begins the year with two full days of camp so that by the first day of classes, everyone knows their peers and teachers and feels comfortable getting down to work.
Throughout the year, students take frequent trips off campus to do community service projects, visit museums and libraries, and explore the unique ecosystems of our region.
At each grade level, the curriculum culminates in an interdisciplinary trip. Sixth graders travel by canoe to Sea to Sky School Outdoor School in Howe Sound, Canada’s southern-most fjord, just northwest of Vancouver, B.C. Seventh graders go south to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon. The Middle School capstone experience is the eighth grade beach hike, a four-day backpacking trip along the Washington coastline through Olympic National Park.
Experiential education is a strong element of our curriculum throughout the year. Every spring, Middle School Days is a program that gives students and teachers an opportunity to build new skills and try new experiences outside of the curriculum. The offerings include more than 20 different programs like archery, a Seattle photo scavenger hunt, white-water rafting, kayaking, and cooking classes.
Every student can play a leadership role as an elected member of the Student Council. In accordance with the Middle School mission statement, the MS Student Council is to provide recognition of student activities, sports, and other accomplishments on campus; to stimulate and develop good citizenship among students; to encourage social development through participation in campus life; and to provide leadership opportunities. MS Student Council representatives pursue positive interactions with peers and faculty and meet regularly to discuss and address issues, make announcements, plan MS activities, and assist in maintaining Wright in the Middle. Clubs are also a vibrant part of the MS experience, and students are encouraged to organize or join a club—everything from Debate Club and Engineering Club to the Creative Writing Club is available.