Academics

Middle School

Grades 6 - 8

Viewpoint School eagerly celebrates the energy, idealism, and openness of students in Grades Six through Eight while encouraging their increasing maturity, academic progress, and responsibility. We appreciate our Middle Schoolers' diverse natures: the joys, challenges, developmental changes, and vulnerability experienced in this transitional period. Students' years in Middle School are among the most exciting and dynamic times in their lives. This Division addresses the distinctive needs of early adolescence by offering small classes, a nurturing community for learning, an advisory system that provides each student with individual attention, and rich elective and community service opportunities.
 
Acting as a bridge between Lower and Upper School, the Middle School offers an academic program at whose core lies the development of critical thinking and study skills. Teachers and administrators are specialists in the academic subjects they teach and are especially attuned to the developmental changes of young adolescents. They offer the support and guidance that help each student to reinforce and apply skills previously learned, but also to stimulate their emerging ability in independent thinking, abstract reasoning, intellectual integrity, and social maturity.
 
The program emphasizes the development of work and study habits to ensure success, given the ever-increasing demands of academic studies. These newfound abilities make the Middle School an exciting place for both students and teachers. The Middle School program offers traditionally-paced, college preparatory courses, as well as accelerated math and science courses. The Academic Assistance period each day and study halls provide opportunities for individual help and guidance.
 
The Middle School's interscholastic athletic program offers students ten different sports over three seasons. The Middle School also offers students the first opportunity to make choices in the selection of elective classes.

Contact Us

List of 8 members.

  • Marisa Soulios Felt 

    Head of Middle School
    818-591-6422
    Trinity College - BA
    Hunter College - MS
    Columbia University - M.Ed
  • Melissa Strong 

    Assistant Head of Middle School
    818-591-6498
    University of California, Los Angeles - BA
    University of California, Los Angeles - MA
  • Eliot Saki 

    Aquatics Director; Director of Student Affairs; Community Liaison
    818-591-6474
    California State University, Long Beach - BA
    University of La Verne - MS
  • Amanda Quintanilla 

    Middle School Counselor
    818-591-6445
    Pepperdine University - MA
    University of Missouri - BA
    University of Missouri - MA
  • Katie Hanks 

    Middle School Dean of Students
    818-591-6593
    California State University, Northridge - BA
    Concordia University - MA
  • Casey  Dodd 

    Director of Student Activities
    818-591-6161
    California State University, Northridge - BA
  • Jacki Dresher 

    Administrative Assistant to Head of Middle School
    818-591-6440
    LTU - Legal Secretary Certificate
  • Elise Kabelitz 

    Middle School Administrative Assistant
    818-591-6424