Grades 5 – 8
The Middle School program at Catherine Cook invites students into the joys, challenges, and opportunities of young adulthood. Our responsive Middle School teachers engage the diverse interests and needs of 10-14 year olds, and design curricula that expand student interests and capacities throughout their four years in this division. Each student is valued as an individual and as a member of a thoughtful, cohesive community. Our program abounds with opportunities for students to stretch themselves in new directions and to find allies and partners in creating rich intellectual, creative, athletic, and moral lives. We honor the enthusiasm and growth students experience during this pivotal time - they enter as children and graduate as young adults poised to embrace the energy and changes to come.
Head of Middle School
Prior to joining the Catherine Cook School in 2007, Cory Stutts served as Coordinator of Middle School and led school wide staff development initiatives at The Ancona School in Hyde Park, where she also taught for many years in the 3rd through 8th grades.
Ms. Stutts earned her master’s degree in private school leadership and served as a Klingenstein Fellow at Teachers College Columbia University, and she holds a bachelor's degree. in interdisciplinary studies in the humanities from The University of Chicago. She is passionate about reading, writing, and helping young adolescents to build a framework for lifelong ethical decision-making and critical thinking. Ms. Stutts has worked as a literacy consultant with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and led workshops in partnership with the Institute for Global Ethics.