Welcome to the Middle School

The Middle School serves as a transition from the nurturing world of the Lower School to the heightened expectations of the Upper School. The Middle School faculty will continue to support students’ physical, social, emotional and academic development and help them accept more personal responsibility along the way.

The Middle School faculty seeks to introduce students to a variety of activities. While passion for an activity or in a subject area is encouraged, the faculty hopes to broaden students’ interests rather than encourage specialization.

With the transfer of responsibility to students and the inherent risk in “trying something new” come inevitable setbacks, even failures. The Middle School years are a developmentally appropriate time to experience these setbacks. Learning to recover from and avoid future setbacks is deemed a valuable element of both developmental and academic maturation.

The Middle School faculty will teach fundamental concepts in each subject area so that our students will be ready for the rigor of Upper School discipline. Equally important is the Middle School faculty’s efforts to help students understand their personal process of successful learning and, with this understanding, to appreciate and embrace the acquisition of knowledge.

With warm regards,
John Stephens
Head of Middle School

The Middle School provides a positive environment for students’ social and emotional growth into adolescence, while creating individualized learning strategies to foster their unique talents and gifts.
Full-time learning specialist and health and wellness counselor
Specialists for all subjects, fine arts electives (band, strings, choir, theatre and studio art) and enrichment clubs
Curriculum-based overnight trips by grade-level 
Core values incorporated into daily life; Age-appropriate community service experiences
French, Spanish and Latin language instruction
Grades 5-6 sports integration; grades 7-8 competitive sports
Integrated one-to-one iPad program with full-time tech coordinator
Advisory program to assist students with academic and social growth development
After-school enrichment activities

Administrative Team

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of John Stephens

    John Stephens 

    Head of Middle School
    (817) 302-3229
    Lawrence University - BA
    Xavier University - MA
  • Photo of Stephen Blan

    Stephen Blan 

    Assistant MS Head & Director of the Center for International Studies
    (817) 302-3272
    Campbellsville University - BS
    Southwestern Seminary - MA
  • Photo of Kathy Welch

    Kathy Welch 

    MS Registrar
    (817) 302-3212
  • Photo of Deb Lawson

    Deb Lawson 

    MS & Fine Arts Admin
    (817) 302-3214
4200 Country Day Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76109
Phone: 817.732.7718
Fort Worth Country Day (FWCD) is a JK-12 private, independent, coeducational, nondenominational college-preparatory school located on approximately 100 acres in Fort Worth, Texas. The mission of Fort Worth Country Day School is to foster the intellectual, physical, emotional, and ethical development of capable students through an academically rigorous college preparatory program that integrates the arts and athletics.