Our Middle School
To reach our academic goals, middle school must be challenging and engaging. And it is. Ideas unfold as part of a remarkable big picture. Facts and figures are not an end in themselves, they form a foundation for creative and critical thinking. MPA is a place where learning comes alive – where students are challenged and pushed to excel and succeed, and where it’s cool to be smart, easy to shine, and okay to make mistakes.
MPA Middle School students are welcomed, enjoyed and essential to class activities and discussion. In language arts and English, writing is a daily ritual as we seek to make this essential skill second nature. Students hone their composition skills, master language structure and explore a wide variety of literature.
Math curriculum is demanding and comprehensive. It’s what’s behind our students’ successes in Math Masters and MATHCOUNTS. Enrichment activities and advanced classes challenge the most driven learners in the 7th and 8th grades. The Math Club offers camaraderie and is an important part of the MPA Community.
Middle School science includes the study of life, earth, chemistry and physical science. Environmental studies projects take students to our on-campus garden laboratory and pond and to off-campus sites as part of a variety of day and overnight-field trips.
In social studies, 5th and 6th grade students build on their understanding of American History and their place in the tapestry that is the United States. Students learn how to identify with the people who were impacted by the decisions made by the United States through debates, simulations and writing projects. 7th and 8th grade students shift their attention to world regions and examine the varied cultures and landscapes that define these areas. Current and past events from around the world serve as the basis for interactive, collaborative activities such as a Festival of Nations Celebration and World Summit Peace Conference.
For high-energy Middle School students, a daily dose of physical activities, games and scrimmages works wonders. Diving into visual art, drama, and vocal and instrumental music is key to our program, offering even more avenues for expression and discovery. In Seminar, students learn study skills, social skills, and technology skills, and they are given time to bond and connect with fellow classmates and teachers in Advisory. We encourage students to have a wide variety of friends and companions, we encourage talent, and we encourage students to reach for the goals they set. A growing list of co-curricular programs offers students opportunity to gain new skills, experience teamwork, and most importantly, have fun with one another.
As you contemplate the next school for your Middle School student, consider MPA. We teach students to think and act responsibly and to strive for their unique potential. Every Middle School student needs a school they can call their own, a place of security and adventure, and MPA Middle School is just that school.
8:30 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.