Middle School Leadership
"Oaks and Seedlings"
Middle School students graduate to a mentoring program similar to the lower school's Falcon Friends, known as "Oaks and Seedlings." The Oaks and Seedlings program highlights the partnership of upper school "Oak" students with the "Seedling" students within the middle school. Students are paired through their classes in four-year intervals, with 6th grade paired with 9th grade; 7th grade with 10th grade; 8th with 11th; and 9th with 12th. The purpose of the mentoring program is to build strong and enduring relationships between the classes as they matriculate through Gerstell Academy and beyond graduation. Throughout the school year, a number of specific Oaks and Seedlings events are scheduled to foster school spirit, community and the mentoring relationships between the participants. Events can range from simple lunches, teaming for specific events, or participation in formal events.