The middle school at Tallulah Falls School is a place where “culture is everything." Building community, nurturing relationships and promoting leadership opportunities helps us to inspire our students to take ownership of their education.
Our middle school program is designed to offer a variety of academic, elective, exploratory, athletic and other extra-curricular activities to serve as a precursor to the college prep experience. We believe that each student in the Middle School has the potential for individual success. We take the time to make sure that they are realizing their own strengths and talents, while at the same time using them to enrich their overall educational experience.
The Tallulah 12 (T12) is the set of guiding principles that the Middle School uses to inspire character, confidence and commitment. It focuses on the soft skills that often get overlooked, but directly affect the success of our students and the importance of relationships and community. It is designed to help our students develop situational awareness; we want them to be able to recognize and assess situations in order to make well-informed decisions.
The Middle School House System was developed to promote connections between students in all grades, as well as leadership opportunities. The Houses provide the forum to get all students involved in community, collaboration and competition. The Houses are a way to apply T12 principles to real-life situations. The Grey Wolves, Black Ravens, Green Hornets and White Owls comprise the four houses.
All students will have the opportunity to participate in fine arts during their middle school experience. Through drama, chorus and art classes, we desire to create not only an appreciation for the arts but a true understanding of the importance of the role they play in the educational process.
In keeping with the principles of Tallulah 12 as well as supporting the preparation of our student body for success within the college prep environment, our athletic offerings are set up to provide multiple opportunities to develop confidence, competence, and leadership skills. Multiple activities are encouraged for all students throughout the year. While the provision of a variety of experience is held in high regard at the middle school level, a high priority is also placed on taking necessary steps to put our athletes in a position to become more competitive as individuals and teams. In support of developing opportunities for success, our physical education classes are aligned with that process.
Middle School Counseling
At TFS, providing a comprehensive school counseling program is an integral component of our mission. According to the American School Counselor Association, “school counselors design and deliver comprehensive school counseling programs that improve a range of student learning and behavioral outcomes. These programs are comprehensive in scope, preventive in design, and developmental in nature.” Our data-driven counseling program is designed to help all students apply academic achievement strategies, manage emotions and apply interpersonal skills, and plan for postsecondary options. We do this collaboratively, through individual and small group counseling, classroom guidance, grade-level “family meetings,” and a variety of social and emotional learning activities, designed to teach self-awareness, responsible decision-making, relationship skills, social awareness, and self-management. Also, TFS subscribes to Naviance, a college and career planning platform, which helps students identify their strengths, explore careers, and research best-fit colleges.