Why Every Student Should Learn Public Speaking in Middle School

In our private middle school, public speaking is part of our curriculum. The Quarry Lane School has a nationally recognized reputation in speech and debate, but even students who don’t wish to get involved competitively can benefit from learning the basics about speaking in public. The skills they learn in our public speaking courses will translate into many of their future pursuits as students and later as professionals. Here are some of the reasons every middle school student can benefit from learning public speaking skills.

It will help them succeed in college.

Our college prep curriculum is designed to ensure students are prepared to thrive at top universities. Public speaking is one of the skills that allows them to do so. Through public speaking, students gain confidence that allows them to contribute to classroom discussion and debate with peers from a wide range of backgrounds. Many college classes require presentations as part of their coursework, so having knowledge of how to make effective speeches in front of an audience can lead to better grades.

It teaches them to face their fears.

For people of all ages, public speaking is a top source of fear. When middle school students must face this fear early on and do so successfully, it teaches them a great deal about the importance of pushing through initially intimidating tasks. This lesson will resonate for a lifetime.

It helps them become better listeners.

Public speaking isn’t just about being heard. It is also about listening. To succeed as public speakers, students have to become active listeners. This skill will help them with everything from taking notes to improving their personal relationships.

Discover all of the exciting opportunities that are part of our private middle school curriculum at The Quarry Lane School by visiting one of our campuses. We’re available to answer all of your questions about our college prep school in Dublin and Pleasanton, CA. Call (925) 829-8000.

Helping Students Adjust to Middle School

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The move to middle school is a major transition, and it’s natural for your child to get butterflies in his or her stomach. Encourage your child to talk about concerns, which may involve social issues, academics, and the simple logistics of finding one’s way around the new school. Be positive, and remind your student that his or her first day at college prep school is also the first day for other students—your child won’t be the only nervous student there.

Talk about logistics.
Informal research suggests that logistics are among the top concerns of rising middle schoolers. Your child may be worried about:

  • How to find the right classroom
  • How to find and open the locker
  • What happens if he or she is late to a class
  • Whether it’s acceptable to leave during class to go to the restroom
  • How to navigate the line at the cafeteria

You can address these concerns by having your child read any information packets sent by the school, exploring the school’s website together, and arranging for an in-person visit. Talk about the bell schedule, and let your child know it’s alright if he or she can’t memorize the schedule or locker combination right away. He or she can keep a “cheat sheet” of essential info in an assignment notebook.

Address social concerns.
If your child went to an elementary school within the same school system, he or she can expect to see many of the same students in middle school. Have your child call his or her current friends to chat about the upcoming school year. Students may feel more self-confident after commiserating with their peers.

Encourage healthy habits.
The transition to middle school can be stressful, so healthy habits are particularly important. Make sure your student gets to bed on time, and eats a nutritious breakfast.

The Quarry Lane School offers a challenging academic curriculum that empowers students to reach their full potential. Our private middle school students have the opportunity to build character, and to become more mature, resilient, and independent learners. Get in touch with our college preparatory school in Pleasanton and Dublin, CA by calling (925) 829-8000.

Picking an After-School Program for Your Middle Schooler

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After-school programs offer a creative outlet for students after spending a long day hitting the books. At The Quarry Lane School, our private middle school students can choose from a wide range of student-driven activities—including academic, cultural heritage, socio-cultural awareness, hobby, civic engagement, and community service clubs. Our full list of clubs has something for everyone. Even if your middle schooler doesn’t find something he or she likes, our private school invites students to take the initiative to form their own after-school activity group. All that’s required is a group of students who share a common interest, and a faculty member who is willing to serve as a mentor.

Your middle schooler might ask you for advice when selecting an after-school activity. You could suggest that your child choose an activity he or she already enjoys, such as a chess club. But remember that part of growing up is defining one’s identity, and that requires trying new things. Encourage your child to branch out a little by picking something new to try.

Parents can call (925) 829-8000 if they have questions about the activities available at our private school in Pleasanton and Dublin, CA. The Quarry Lane School is committed to fostering an inclusive, diverse, and positive school culture.

Habits to Help You Get Organized in School

Being disorganized is a disservice to yourself. It interferes with time management, productivity, and life balance, and it can even be a source of stress. Do yourself a favor by learning how to be an organized person before you graduate from your private high school—you’ll thank yourself for it in college and beyond. To get started, watch this video. It lists the main habits of organized people.

Professional organizers recommend finding a simple organizational system that works for you, and sticking to it. Develop daily routines to ensure that you get all of the most important tasks done. Remember that being an organized person requires ongoing work. Spend a few minutes each day staying organized to prevent your life from getting out of control.

The Quarry Lane School is a private school in Dublin and Pleasanton, CA that equips students with the skills they’ll need throughout their lifetime. Call (925) 829-8000 or browse our website to learn about our preparatory school curriculum.

Questions to Ask During Your College Tours

Some private high school students begin visiting college campuses as early as the sophomore year, while others wait until their junior year. If your preparatory school student is ready to start the process, it’s time to plan some road trips this year. Ask your child to prepare a list of questions to ask during the tour. Skip the usual questions about class sizes—they’ll vary considerably—and instead focus on academic opportunities and campus experiences.

Your child may want to ask about the availability of housing and internship opportunities. It’s often helpful to directly ask the tour guide about his or her experiences, such as “How well have you gotten to know your professors?” and “What did you find most difficult to get used to here?” In your child’s private high school, he or she has ongoing access to advisory resources, but the same isn’t true on all college campuses. This is another area that it’s wise to get some insider information on.

Enrolling your young learner in a private high school serving Dublin and Pleasanton, CA is an excellent way to get him or her off to a successful start in life. Call The Quarry Lane School at (925) 829-8000 to get started with the admissions process and check out our impressive list of our graduates’ college acceptances .
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