Nov 27 - Nov 29
The Middle School at Pine Crest is a time of much growth - physical, emotional, and intellectual - for students.
The classroom experience is student-centered with much emphasis on project-based learning and real-life problem-solving. Middle School teachers encourage and lead students to think critically, to take thoughtful risks, and to innovate.
Middle School counselors and teachers lead students through a structured Advisory program, giving students and teachers an opportunity to meet on a less formal level and explore character-building topics together on a small scale.
Beginning in sixth grade, Pine Crest students have developmentally appropriate opportunities to increase their independence, with the use of personal lockers, deadlines associated with independent and group work, responsibility for an individualized schedule, and juggling after school activities with homework.
Middle School students are challenged to hone their communication skills, articulating original thoughts in both verbal and written forms. Students learn critical thinking and close reading through various forms of literature and compositions via annotation, discussion, collaborative and independent projects, and unique experiences.
All Middle School students use the computational thinking process as they customize, program, and debug projects. Special attention is given to the importance of writing maintainable code that includes meaningful name conventions and comments through Python, Linux, Java, Arduino, Make Code, and various other programming languages.
Students transition from basic mathematical computation to more advanced algebraic reasoning in Middle School. Students become independent problem solvers with critical thinking skills through the authentic application of abstract concepts.
Students develop critical thinking skills through labs and hands-on application of science concepts to real-world scenarios and problems. Students experience science through recording and interpreting data in lab notebooks and using hand-graphing techniques and computer software. Math skills are also reinforced through the application of problem-solving, and writing skills are cultivated through lab reports.
Connecting the past to the world today is accomplished by an intentional, comprehensive study of global civilizations. For instance, by studying Greek and Roman government, students understand the foundation of the American government. Through social science, Middle School students develop an appreciation of other cultures and how they influence the world today.
There are three languages available for study in Middle School: Chinese, French, and Spanish. Authentic materials and real-world situations are integrated into the course as a means to foster students' motivation, interest, and participation in realistic cultural and linguistic scenarios.
Wheel course offerings enhance core Middle School academic classes through exposure to literature, writing, design, computer science, wellness, and more. Middle School students are enrolled in a series of wheel courses throughout the school year complemented by self-selected elective courses offered both during and after school.
The Fine Arts program enriches Pine Crest students' lives by exposing them to a wide range of art forms - dance, music, art, theater, and film. See the Fine Arts page for more details.
Students practice individual and collaborative activities that further develop their fine and gross motor development, appropriate social behaviors, and leadership skills. Students may choose between three tracks, performance training, team sports, and personal fitness.