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Innovative Spaces

During the Middle School years, Parish offers a challenging and balanced education. Our broad curriculum for 5th through 8th grade encompasses core academic subjects as well as enrichment courses and independent learning designed to expand our students’ purview as they discover the talents and passions that they can build upon throughout their academic career and life.

Design Den

Middle School Humanities is a core academic course integrating literature, history, expository and creative writing, current events, geography, religion, philosophy, and art. Students develop critical thinking skills by making conceptual connections within a wide range of subject matter, which in turn aids students in forming a tolerant, enthusiastic approach to the range of cultures in our world. A weekly schedule of five double-periods and additional "plus" periods allows students more than twice as long in one room with one teacher, thus acting as a bridge from lower to upper school and establishing a comfortable “home base” within the middle school community. This block schedule also provides maximum flexibility for experiential and project-based learning as well as the opportunity to focus on developing strong writing skills.

Nano Den

 

The Middle School Math program develops critical thinking skills while emphasizing logic, reasoning and problem solving. Emphasis is placed on developing written and oral communication skills using the language of mathematics. The program includes computational skills, algebraic concepts, proportional reasoning and geometry. Students with demonstrated proficiency take Algebra 1 in 8th grade for high school credit. Math and Science teachers also collaborate throughout the year on grade-level STEM projects.

Beasley STEM Center

Technology is both integrated throughout the core curriculum by adapting existing assignments and/or developing new ones and also offered in Computer Studies enrichment classes.  Primary emphasis is given to expanding students’ technology proficiency and challenging their problem solving and critical thinking skills.  Tools used include applications in the Microsoft Office suite and in Adobe’s suite of creative products. Online applications include Google Apps for Education (Docs, Slides, Spreadsheets, etc.), sites with instruction and practice in coding, and other online resources.  Responsible digital use and Internet research are also addressed.

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Beasley STEM Center

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