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“Middle School boys are exciting. They are all over the place. There is never a boring day here in the Middle School. Some Middle School boys are physically big, while others look more like elementary school children. But the physical does not tell the whole truth; it never does. When we talk about mind, body, and spirit and “educating the whole boy” at St. Christopher’s, this is one of the things we mean. We know that a shorter, less mature-looking Middle School boy may be ahead in intellect, or social-emotional IQ, or the ability to think abstractly. So the great gift of teaching Middle School is the opportunity to try and reach each boy where he is, across the wide range of development we see.”
-- Phil Spears, Middle School Head
Welcome to the Middle School
The Middle School years are among the most intense time for human growth and development, (comparable to birth through age three). It’s a challenging, critical period when students establish independence, connect with peers through common interests, and explore and build on their strengths.

St. Christopher’s Middle School is designed to reach out to boys across a wide range of development, and to motivate them with humor, and through a variety of activities such as competitions, special events and field trips.

Middle School head Phil Spears kick starts every morning with a “bad joke of the day.” “Middle School boys love to laugh,” Mr. Spears says. “They need to laugh through these challenging years along with their peers and their teachers, and they need to be able to laugh at themselves.”
Other Middle School highlights:
  • Daily morning chapel;
  • Partnership with Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School, a middle school in Richmond’s East End;
  • Great Saints awards given to selected boys in each class who demonstrate outstanding work and citizenship;
  • Citizenship Certificates: awarded to boys who are unknowingly caught by a teacher committing an unsolicited, selfless act;
  • Lego robotics team;
  • Recycling team;
  • Online news magazine, PaperBoy;
  • Sixth grade play and seventh and eighth grade play in conjunction with St. Catherine’s;
  • Start-of-school-year grade level bonding trips: sixth grade Sleepover, seventh grade High Ropes course at University of Richmond, eighth grade Chesapeake Bay Foundation river trip;
  • Music recitals and choral concerts;
  • The Turkey Bowl, an annual competition the Wednesday before Thanksgiving when each grade divides into two teams for a recreational game of touch football;
  • Activities Day, a triennial event where students sign up for two-hour fun activity period (i.e. bowling, a visit to Virginia Commonwealth University’s comic archives, a Superbowl chili cookoff and football game);
  • Polar Bears, a P.E. alternative for boys who opt out of team sports;
  • An active Parents Association that hosts seminars and social gatherings;
  • Field trips to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, The Edgar Allan Poe Museum, Shockoe Canal Walk and the Virginia Historical Society.
Meet the Middle School Head
Middle School Online Newspaper
Middle School Digital Newspaper: PaperBoy Winter 2015
NEW edition of PaperBoy, CLICK HERE.
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Fall 2013 PaperBoy
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Middle School High Ropes Course
Middle School High Ropes Course
Saints in Service
Armed Forces Awareness Week- Middle School Students Collect Items for Troop Care Packages.
Middle School Woodworking
Middle School Woodworking