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Middle School

Grades 5 – 8

Students enter Middle School as children and graduate as bright and compassionate young adults. The Middle School program builds on the foundation of Lower School to further deepen each student’s personal, social, and academic identity. Our incredible Middle School teachers engage the diverse needs and interests of 10- to 14-year-olds and design curricula that allow students to grow in their strengths, work through challenges, and explore new passions. The introduction of elective courses, with almost 50 offerings each year, provides a sense of independence and allows students to further explore their interests. 

A strong academic program, innovative technology resources, and a focus on social-emotional learning prepare students for success in their high school experiences. Beginning in 7th Grade, families begin receiving tailored support as they navigate the high school placement process and select a high school that is the best fit for their student.


Head of Middle School
Corrine Stutts

Prior to joining the Catherine Cook School in 2007, Corrine 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.