6th - 8th Grade
The primary goal of St. Paul’s School’s middle school is to prepare students for high school and beyond. Our objective is for students to leave St. Paul’s equipped to handle the rigor of honors and Advanced Placement courses and to be prepared to begin considering career choices.
Students are taught mastery of appropriate grammar and writing skills, which are critical to success in high school, college, and beyond. These skills are further enhanced through reading and responding to different genres of literature and informational texts.
Our math program offers multiple pathways, allowing students to receive the most appropriate education for their particular proclivities. The Standard Pathway prepares students for Algebra 1 or Integrated 1 in ninth grade, while the Advanced Pathway is for accelerated learners who will progress on to Geometry or Integrated 2 in ninth grade. Students are able to work with the materials online and math classes are equipped with iPads to enhance the learning experience.
Students focus on developing a clear understanding of the scientific process and formulating compelling and thoughtful hypotheses. Sixth graders learn Earth science and seventh graders focus on life science, while the eighth grade’s concentration is physical science. Robotics and rocketry are a part of the curriculum throughout middle school. Our new science lecture patio provides the opportunity for expanded use of the science lab.
Historical research, influential figures throughout the ages, religion, art, music, geography, simple economics, and scientific advancements are included in all history courses. Collaborative project-based learning and research and integration with other curricular areas are important parts of the history program.
Proper pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, literature, songs, and conversation are offered in our Spanish and German electives, providing students with the opportunity to learn a foreign language in greater depth.
Art, vocal and instrumental music, and drama electives extend students’ opportunities and facility for creative expression. Songs, plays, and art relating to literature, history, and religion are explored in a number of different media. The drama students in sixth through eighth grades perform a musical in the spring, sharing this accomplishment with the school and community. The choirs perform in school and travel throughout the community all year long.
Technology is taught as an essential 21st century skill and is embedded in all middle school classes. In computer classes, students are taught to use technology as a tool to enhance all academic pursuits, especially in research and the production of polished reports and assignments. They also learn to be critical consumers of media, sifting through the over-abundance of material on the Internet to select valuable, useful information.
St. Paul’s offers a rigorous athletics program, consisting of daily physical education classes, noncompetitive games, and competitive sports. Outstanding sportsmanship and developing a habit of lifelong fitness and good health are primary goals of all of these activities.