More than 80 sixth through ninth grade boarders from many states and countries form a second family with their classmates, growing and learning with the caring support of IMS faculty, most of whom live on campus.
Our Residential Life Program teaches the whole child how to be a responsible and respectful community member while providing a safe and healthy environment where students can explore their individuality and find comfort in their sameness.
The Residential Life Office, in collaboration with Dorm Heads, Dorm Parents, the Health Center and Counseling Office, and the Dorm Council, plan and implement a set of ever-evolving programs meant to impart on each of our students the school’s core values of honesty, compassion, respect, and service. Throughout the year, these groups also meet to plan key dorm activities and to discuss dorm issues.
Programs include health and wellness workshops, the development of conflict-resolution skills, and conservation of energy best practices, as well as activities that foster empathy and experiential learning, and a number of other events.
One of the highlights for the students each week is “Dorm Activity” time when everyone in the dorm gathers together for special bonding time, a fun trip, and usually a nice meal off campus. Dorm activities may also include dorm competitions, such as intramural volleyball, basketball, dodge ball, or kickball. Other competitions include dorm Halloween costumes, fort building, talent shows, Sunday night trivia, holiday dorm decorating, and more. The results of each of these activities translate into many well-deserved pizza parties, a few hard-earned trips to hibachi restaurants, and countless pints of ice cream. Here is a typical daily schedule for our boarding students.