About Strath Haven Middle School
Active, engaged learning is the cornerstone of Strath Haven Middle School. Created in 1991 when the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades of Swarthmore-Rutledge School merged with Nether Providence Middle School, Strath Haven Middle School is a dynamic learning community of approximately 850 students and 100 professional staff, teaching aides, and support staff. Small class size and a team-oriented structure bring focused and personal attention to the students’ academic, social, and developmental needs. One counselor per grade follows the class through its three years, providing support and assistance as needed.
Theme and project-oriented activities are woven through all three grades, with ancient history and the exploration of global nations highlighted in sixth grade; American history and the tumultuous period of history from early settlement to the Civil War examined in seventh grade; and legal, governmental, and social issues probed and debated in eighth grade. Mock trials, original video productions, a mini-UN, and days celebrating past generations, diverse cultures, and professions are just some of the programs offering enriching learning experiences.
An Internet-driven sixth grade science program and on-site weather station allow the students to see and understand real-time meteorology. All of the students are cycled through the Computer Lab to master a range of 21st century skills. Physical education covers a range of diverse and exciting activities, including folk dancing and fencing.
Students are scheduled for world language all three years (German, French, Spanish. or Chinese) or are provided support services, as needed. Each learning support class for students with exceptional needs is small and highly individualized. Enrichment opportunities are provided all three years for gifted and talented students. Students also cycle through health, art, family and consumer science, music, computers, and industrial arts (wood and metal shop).
SHMS consistently ranks among the top schools in Delaware County in the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) achievement test results. Each team in the school meets twice a week to examine students’ progress, and a pro-active plan is designed and followed, with the aid of the guidance counselor, to assist each student in reaching his/her potential.
Homework clubs meet after school for those students who need additional support to complete their work. A Student Assistance Program (SAP) team meets regularly to evaluate how they may assist at-risk students and their families. A school psychologist is also on-site for testing and evaluation.
Over 75% of the students play one or more musical instruments and perform in a variety of musical groups or sing in the chorus. Drama and musical performances bring large numbers of students together to act or sing on the stage, build sets, set lights, make costumes, apply make-up, or serve on stage crews.
Student government connects students to the community through food drives and various fund raising and outreach programs. Additionally, each eighth grade student must complete a community service project. Volleyball, football, track, basketball, wrestling, baseball, and softball teams connect students with other students. School socials and fun nights are also scheduled throughout the year, and curricular field trips to places near and far enhance the learning process.
SHMS has a committed Home and School Association (see link above left) that provides a newsletter to parents and supports the school through various fund raising activities. It meets monthly in the school library and has a variety of committees on which interested parents may serve.
For further information about SHMS, contact the principal at 610-892-3470 x3105 between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m..