The impact of an exceptional middle school experience is incomparable. In the right school, early adolescence is the time students experience the most powerful lessons of their lives. It is when they establish self-understanding, confidence, critical thinking skills and the ability to advocate for themselves. These are the very same core competencies of our most effective leaders and community members.
As Head of School, I take tremendous pride in the way that Billings creates unique opportunities for our students and parlays these experiences in ways that facilitate profound growth. In the past year, I have talked with 8th graders conducting pure research on the atmosphere and watched them applying their work around the world. I’ve seen 7th graders define and design sustainable micro-businesses. I’ve traveled with students of all ages to New Orleans to gut houses, distribute supplies, start a community garden and mitigate, in some small way, the impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Experiences like these make our students strong applicants to high schools and powerful advocates for positive change.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about Billings. Please enjoy our website – it is designed for you to explore the breadth and balance of our programs and to celebrate the exceptional character of middle schoolers.
I look forward to meeting you in the near future.
Ted Kalmus, Head of School