The Middle School curriculum is guided by two principles: that love of reality in its manifold expressions is the foundation of authentic knowledge, and that holistic growth is only possible through many small steps taken over time. For these reasons, the Middle School curriculum seeks to cultivate wonder and delight in the world through awakening the mind and senses to reality, and lays a firm foundation for the challenge of Upper School studies. Throughout her Middle School years, the student discovers her own talents, develops organizational skills and study habits, practices self-advocacy, builds self-confidence, and nurtures a growth mindset. She learns to think in an orderly manner, develops clarity of thought and expression, and increases her storehouse of experience. Acquiring a love for learning enriches her work, increases her attraction to the truth, and inspires her to work her hardest. With these habits in place, the Oakcrest student can thrive in her Upper School studies.