The Pillar Years (Grades 6-8)
Middle School curriculum connects students to the real world
Young adolescents are by nature curious and adventuresome. At Pickering College, the Middle School program (Grades 6 to 8) is responsive to the particular needs of the Middle School student. A 21st century, integrative and exploratory approach to learning connects students to the real world. Emphasis is placed on the development of rational and critical-thinking skills through project-based learning.
“The Middle School years are a critical transition time where students experience rapid and profound personal development,” says Janet Downer, Director of Middle and Senior School at Pickering College. “Since we know what makes adolescents tick we designed an academic program that is developmentally responsive to their needs. Active learning is the key and this is accomplished through varied activities that promote student engagement and ownership.”
Learning is active and action based, with a focus on outdoor education, public speaking, leadership and service. Instruction is innovative and interdisciplinary, providing students with the opportunity to explore real-world contexts and exhibit their work. Students are challenged with critical modes of thinking and taught to be reflective and self-aware. Quaker values, such as consensus, social justice and acceptance are emphasized through the exploratory work that students perform.
We believe that each young person should become actively aware of the larger world. Students learn to be good stewards of the earth and its resources. They will respect and value the diverse ways people look, speak, think, and act. They will develop the interpersonal and social skills necessary to learn, work and play with others harmoniously and confidently. They will learn to recognize, articulate and make responsible, ethical decisions concerning their own health and wellness. They will assume responsibility for their own actions and look out for others. Through leadership opportunities, global education and community service our students understand local, national and global civic responsibilities and demonstrate active citizenship through participation in endeavors that serve and benefit those larger communities.
Our educators value interdisciplinary studies and make decisions that reflect the needs, interests and special abilities of the students. Our team oriented approach to teaching and learning creates exciting experiences for all students. Our educators have the professional commitment and passion to make a positive difference in the life of every young adolescent they teach.