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Houston Private Middle School

The Banff School's middle school program offers every student intellectual and creative opportunities in an active learning environment, where adolescent development is understood and fully supported.

Building on the critical-thinking skills developed in the Lower School, our Houston private middle school cultivates an ability to examine and understand complex concepts, investigate and build evidence, and present findings.


Preparing for the Future

The Banff middle school in Houston prepares our 6th-8th graders for our demanding high school program. We blend traditional curriculum with innovative learning activities within a structured setting, helping students to balance freedom and responsibility as they navigate the exciting passage into young adulthood. Within the context of our academically accelerated program, teachers impart the principles of integrity, courtesy, and service to others through classroom instruction and group projects. This combination of advanced academics with character-building provides the foundation for later success in high school, college, and beyond.

A selection of core academic courses are offered each year with specific course selections made based on student demand, degree plan requirements and specific student needs.

As part of our mission to "Educate the Whole Child," our middle school students have a selection of electives that nurture the creative mind, allowing students to explore the world in which they live, and understand the importance of health and physical fitness.

The Banff School is one of the very few schools in the Houston area to offer computer science to Middle School students. Students use a Raspberry Pi computer, which is a cost-effective, fully functional computer about the size of a credit card, to write programs that control the sensors and electronics of a robot. Due to the numerous opportunities and scholarships available to those pursuing STEM degrees, and in particular, the special incentives for women to enter STEM fields, this course is extremely advantageous to Banff students.

This course is for learning techniques and methods behind being a skilled performer. It focuses on foundational performance skills and scene study. Students delve into specific schools of acting technique and theory, directing, script analysis and scene study. While this course does culminate in a production as "Theatre Production" does, this class will have plenty of performance opportunities as we learn IMPROV, scene studies, monologues, and more. Two years of this course are required for those students wishing to graduate with a “Distinction in Theatre.”

The Banff School musical and drama productions are second to none. Staged in our fully equipped proscenium theatre, Banff strives to bring a professional quality to each show. The students have the opportunity to participate in several shows throughout the year to showcase their many talents. Students are instructed in the "triple-threat" core of theatre classes with instruction in acting, vocal performance and dance. Three years of this course are required for those students wishing to graduate with a “Distinction in Theatre.” 

Art at Banff is a much-loved subject. Students gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the different types of art from the masters to modern contemporary works. Our studio work is geared towards the creation of a portfolio for each student. In early Spring, the school is transformed into an Art Gallery for our "Visual arts Showcase" where students showcase their work for the year.

The Banff School strives to provide varied sports and wellness activities each year. Housed in our fully equipped gymnasium, students are offered participation in such sporting activities as: basketball, volleyball, baseball, track, tennis and more. Many of these same sports are also offered in a competitive option such as our basketball and volleyball teams.


Explore Other Levels

We equip our students with a college-preparatory, academic education, in a personalized and stimulating environment, which enables them to become independent, creative thinkers.