Travel has always been a powerful teaching tool at Principia. Service trips, in particular, can have a lasting impact on students. After the sophomore trip to the Dominican Republic, for example, upper schoolers reflect on their week of service to the residents of the island and how they—even as high school students—can make a positive difference in the lives of people around the world.
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This fall, the Upper School Mediation team logged into Zoom to participate in the third annual National High School Mediation Tournament, which Principia pioneered and has hosted since its inception. The tournament represents the culmination of months of preparation, as students take turns acting as advocate, client, and mediator in the hopes of effectively arguing their case, resolving conflict in their favor, and acting as peacemakers.
Principia School’s sustainability efforts continue to gain widespread recognition. The School is one of six in the state to achieve Seedling Level in 2022, awarded by Missouri Green Schools.
A nostalgic nod to the decades that defined dance, this year’s Upper School Concert Dance Show transported its audience to scenes from yesteryear, paying homage to the 1940s–early 2000s.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch recognized Principia School’s rising reputation among metropolitan St. Louis private high schools. From online school-selection websites like Niche.com to traditional media like the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Principia is on the move. StlToday, an online magazine of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch ranked Principia ...
Each fall, the Upper School kicks off the year with Character Trips—grade-level excursions that provide rich opportunities for growth as students explore new areas and build community. This year, the sophomore fall trip was also a service trip in partnership with Youth With A Mission and their Homes of Hope project in the Dominican Republic. During the week-long trip, students helped build four homes for families in need.
Upper Schoolers spent a week in September on four different character trips—one for each grade level—whitewater rafting, building houses in the Dominican Republic, living on and crewing pulling boats along the Maine Coast, and exploring leadership in Northern Michigan. Enjoy this brief video compilation from all four trips.
Now that the 2022–2023 school year is well underway, the impact of new faculty has become clearer. This group of new teachers brings both depth of experience and new energy. For example, a Middle School Learning Engagement Center (LEC) teacher is currently earning her doctorate through St. Louis University; a new third-grade teacher has former experience teaching in the Lower School and St. Louis schools before returning to Principia; and a new physics/math teacher has a quarter century of experience in education.
The Class of 2022 Cum Laude Inductees were recognized during a special ceremony at the close of the school year. After awarding Cum Laude Society membership to five graduates with exceptional academic records—Anna Dilley, Peyton Hanser, Joli Muller, Naomi Nutwell, and Holly Savoye—all were invited to listen to inspiring messages from an inductee and a guest speaker who touched on themes of perseverance and pursuing passions.
This spring, eighth-grade students completed a comprehensive unit, learning about the people, places, and events surrounding the American Civil Rights Movement. The culminating activity was designing and constructing a walkthrough exhibit that displayed the students’ findings.