What is service? Who are leaders? How and whom do we lead? What matters… and why?
These are the essential questions for our future, and our Middle School program is to help our students derive their own answers to them. Simply put, the middle school experience at Presbyterian School provides incredible and dynamic opportunities to cultivate servant leaders for the future.
Built on a Christian foundation, our culture in grades 5-8 balances responsibility and compassion. Throughout the various academic disciplines, we encourage self-confidence by fostering critical and creative thinking skills that give our students the capacity to take in and analyze new information, to think independently and creatively, and to offer a defensible opinion on a topic. We believe that such active learning best prepares our students not just for success in high school but for lives of purpose. Our goal for each student is to learn for learning's sake; we celebrate unique ways to demonstrate new understanding so that we may develop intellectual minds through our academic programming.
Outside of our classrooms is where real learning takes place.
Around campus, we supplement our core curriculum with opportunities for character growth in our advisories, chapels and assemblies. In our neighborhood, students demonstrate humility and appreciation for their neighbors as they ride the METRORail on community service outings or as they walk to museum visits and artistic productions. Our robust fine arts program begins with a rotation-style sampler of activities for 5th and 6th grades before developing into a broad list of elective choices for 7th and 8th grade students. On the playing fields, our athletes experience life-long lessons in teamwork, perseverance, and resilience through their training and competition. Under the spotlight, our students demonstrate commitment and initiative as every member of the eighth grade class takes part in the annual spring musical. In the great outdoors, our students gain independence, respect, and spiritual growth on their class trips, culminating in four days of paddling, hiking, and camping in the Colorado Rockies.
At the heart of all this learning is a passionate group of faculty who see themselves, first and foremost, as partners in their students' learning experiences. Our teachers and coaches know that it is not enough merely to teach humility and initiative; they have to model these traits for their students each and every day. Our teachers know that middle school students face a steep learning curve as they move towards social and intellectual independence. They understand the challenges that "tweens" face, and they are eager to walk with their students along the various paths to young adulthood. In making this walk, our teachers ultimately serve as living examples of servant leaders that we hope our students will become.
As you tour our website, consider a visit to our campus where you will see our servant leaders--teachers and students--in action every day.