Welcome to the Middle School

Whitefield’s Middle School serves students in grades five through eight with outstanding faculty, a strong curriculum and extracurricular program, and a tradition of building maturity and responsibility. Students prepare for high school and beyond by gaining experience in leadership roles, collaborating with peers, and being mentored by Christian faculty, coaches, and staff members.

Whitefield also partners with Christian families to guide students’ social and spiritual development through the often difficult adolescent years. One program, Secret Supporters, encourages sixth and seventh graders to establish a norm of building others up rather than tearing them down. Eighth grade girls participate in a Wednesday morning club called Girl Talk, as female students from the Upper School assist younger peers by sharing how they dealt with adolescent challenges. Eighth graders also participate in the StoneWorks program, in which speakers connect with students about integrity, self-control, reliability, and purity. The annual Middle School carnival, fifth and sixth grade game night, seventh and eighth grade dance, field trips, and retreats create a positive environment that balances a rigorous, challenging academic program.


Brian Kennerly
Assistant Head for External Affairs; Interim Middle School Principal
Brian Kennerly joined the Whitefield team in 2018 as assistant head of external affairs and is also currently serving as interim Middle School principal. Before arriving at Whitefield, Kennerly served as head of school at Brookstone School in Columbus, Georgia, and a grade chairman at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta. Most recently he served as the executive director for the Council on Educational Standards and Accountability. Kennerly has earned a B.A. in political science from Vanderbilt University, an M.A. in education administration from Columbia University, and a Doctor of Education in organizational leadership and policy from Vanderbilt University.