Middle School Curriculum
An integrated, interdisciplinary approach lies at the core of Principia’s Middle School curriculum. That’s because making authentic connections across disciplines and learning how to analyze and apply information to a range of issues and in a variety of contexts are essential skills in today’s knowledge economy.
Our learner-focused and project-based culture values honest inquiry, individual responsibility, and a collective openness to new experiences and ideas. We foster this culture in an environment of wraparound care that, at all times, supports each child’s intellectual, moral, spiritual, social, and physical growth.
From grades 6–8, students continue to strengthen their foundational skills in language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, and STEM, while developing 21st-century, future-ready skills and competencies in digital, visual, and artistic communication and expression. With the help of rubrics and upfront standards, students participate in evaluating their own performance as learners. In addition, tests, quizzes, final exams, and performance task assessments provide opportunities to demonstrate their understanding.
At the Middle School level, students are learning for understanding rather than simply learning to create a product. In each class, we’re developing productivity, efficiency, strong communication, and critical-thinking skills. Additionally, we value creativity and stewardship—our students are learning how to learn while cultivating empathy and adapting to new situations with enthusiasm. These are skills and qualities that translate to an ever-changing world.
The afternoon “Catch” program gives students approximately 30 minutes four times a week to start homework, catch up with a teacher for more information or support, or connect with other students on group assignments.
Each Middle School student is provided with an iPad for use during the school year. Homework assignments are occasionally completed and submitted using the computer.
Field trips and an annual week-long class trip reinforce deep engagement with a variety of subject areas through experiential learning. The trip locations and activities are closely tied to the grade-level curriculum and bring history, language, culture, and science to life. In addition, they enhance students’ confidence, an open worldview, and effective application of Christian Science.