FORM II (Eighth Grade) BOYS ARE gaining MATURity AND are ABLE TO HANDLE GREATER RESPOnSIBILITY. THEY UNDERSTAND INFERENCES AND SYMBOLISM. THEY ARE BECOMING YOUNG MEN. THEY ARE LEADERS WHO SEE OPPORTUNITIES TO CREATE CHANGE AND LEAVE A LEGACY IN our middle school. THEY ARE A POSITIVE INFLUENCE ON OUR COMMUNITY AND are poised for success in HIGH SCHOOL.
Our Form II boys are the leaders of the division and they model to our younger boys the academic excellence, sportsmanship, respect, and behavior that we expect of all our students. We teach them the difference between giving and taking, rights and privileges, expected actions and exceptional actions, so they can learn to make good decisions on their own.
They are young men, and after two full years in our Middle School, they know the culture, the tone, and the honor code. They know how to own a mistake when they make one. They are accountable for their actions and understand the consequences for their behavior, both good and bad. They are young men who are prepared to learn, lead, and listen as they leave us and enter the Upper School.
Our signature Rite of Passage program formally recognizes students' completion of Middle School and the shift from boyhood to manhood. Our students' journey starts at Haverford and continues through Philadelphia and beyond, with a hike from Camden, N.J. back to campus. Through the successful completion of the Rite of Passage, our boys build confidence, resilience, responsibility, and independence, all important virtues for the next stage of their lives in Upper School.