Middle School is a time for students to accept new challenges, investigate new activities and stretch their wings. Two days a week, during activity time, middle school students are encouraged to pursue their interests through a wide range of activities including athletics, visual and performing arts, and hobbies. Current activities include dodgeball, basketball, outdoor sports, art and art contests, newspaper, glee, book club, rockets, scrabble and other games, math help, study hall. The SGA and Oaks Ambassadors also meet during this time.
Leadership can take many different forms and students are given the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to lead. Collaborative classroom work allows students to practice different group roles. The student body elects Student Government Association officers each semester to provide more students with experience in formal leadership. The Ambassador Society and Honor Council also allow students to exercise their skills and leadership to serve the school community.
Volunteer service is encouraged in the middle school. Each grade level volunteers by advisory group one early dismissal day at a non-profit of their choice. Favorite charities include the SPCA, the Ronald McDonald House, the Norfolk Botanical Gardens, and Nauticus. A partnership with Hospitality for the Homeless and other area non-profits enables students to volunteer on campus after school.
Academically, students can challenge themselves with the spelling, geography, and vocabulary bees. Winners go on to the local and state competition. The forensics team competes in the regional Sergeant Forensics Tournament.
Social outings: Hangout Nights four times a year are "everyone will be there" events. A DJ provides music in the Collegiate Cafe for dancing, refreshments are in the upper school lobby and the upper school gym is open for basketball, nerf football and jump rope. The Holly Dance in late November is a dressy event with dancing only.