Rowland Hall's Middle School aviation program takes flight under the exceptional guidance of retired US Navy pilot and dedicated teacher Bill Tatomer. With his contagious passion for aviation, Bill has successfully ignited an interest in the thrilling world of flight in countless students—with some even going on to become pilots themselves.
Rowland Hall's carefully designed aviation curriculum encompasses a range of exciting topics, from the principles of flight and aerodynamics to aircraft engineering and real-life pilotage experience. These electives are in high demand, as students learn on state-of-the-art flight simulators and have access to a wealth of aviation resources. With a strong emphasis on STEM applications, the program aligns seamlessly with Rowland Hall's strategic priorities and dedication to experiential education.
Each year Middle School students participate in class trips, which often extend the school curriculum outside the classroom, help students and their new teachers deepen their relationships, and allow students to connect with each other.Sixth graders stay close to home for a Wasatch Adventure, filled with paddling, rafting, climbing, and exploring in and around the Wasatch Front with local organizations.
Seventh graders adventure to the Teton Science School in Jackson, Wyoming, for a week of field science. They spend each day in the wilderness of the Teton Mountain watershed, examining flora and fauna and hiking the trails.
Eighth graders culminate their middle school experience with a week in Washington, D.C., exploring the rich experiences our nation’s capital has to offer.
Computer science taps into students’ interest in technology, helping them become innovators who can design technical solutions to problems in science, math, social studies, the arts, and literacy. Class topics include proficiency and literacy in hardware, software, computer programming (coding), physical computing (engineering and robotics), data analysis, design, digital citizenship and computational thinking.
Dance at Rowland Hall is a soulful, skillful experience for students. We incorporate both student and professional choreography to captivate community-wide audiences with twice-yearly performances. Directed by professional dancer Sophia Cutrubus ’18, our program teaches technical proficiency and choreography in multiple dance forms. From modern dance to musical theater, from jazz improvisation to contemporary ballet, middle and upper school dancers experience a curriculum that's second to none.
Rowland Hall is recognized as a School of Excellence by the National Speech and Debate Association and is consistently ranked in the top 10% of schools nationwide for member degrees. We've sent dozens of debaters to college on scholarships.
In the 1960s, the Winter Sports program began at Rowland Hall as a physical education program when we were housed on the Avenues Campus and had limited athletics facilities. The tradition continues today as our Winter Sports program allows our students to connect with seasonal physical and athletic pursuits, some of which take advantage of Salt Lake City’s geography, climate, and unique setting as a metropolitan area with immediate and extensive wilderness access and/or the resources available as a former Winter Olympics host city.
Our goal is to expose students to new sports and recreational activities that may become lifelong pursuits and in turn, improve physical and emotional well-being. All Winter Sports courses include guided instruction for skill development and enhancement and are designed to keep students physically active throughout the course. All Winter Sports options are selected to maximize student physical and emotional safety and have been determined by the school to be of educational value.
Middle School students participate in the Winter Sports program, which begins in mid-January and continues for five Friday afternoons. The academic schedule is shortened on these days so students can participate in activities such as downhill skiing and snowboarding, ice skating, cross-country skiing, backcountry skiing, curling, yoga, tennis, squash, SCUBA training, and rock climbing.