Welcome to the Middle School at Shorecrest!
The Middle School years are an opportunity for remarkable growth. During this stage of development, students are naturally academically curious, while at the same time, a tremendous amount of social and emotional learning occurs. This combination gives us an opportunity to challenge our students with a vigorous, student-centered curriculum. Our Middle School intentionally spans grades five through eight. That structure affords the students a four-year period in which to develop organization, independence and autonomy.
We engage your children by providing choices. Throughout Middle School, students have the opportunity to choose various projects for events like National History Day, Drop Everything and STEAM Week, and many other cross-curricular exercises. Each grade level has a rigorous curriculum that includes Project Based Learning. This provides the students an opportunity to explore in depth the concepts they learn in class daily. We create a balance in all we do including arts, academics and athletics. We offer art, Entrepreneurial Design Institute, music, and drama and debate. We have a strong physical education program that will help develop skills that are important in our Middle School years and beyond to prepare students for Varsity athletics if they choose. As for clubs - we offer Model UN, Band, Jr. Thespians, Forensics, FIRST® LEGO® League Robotics and more.
Students are supported through an advisory program called Circle of Power and Respect (CPR). Each morning Middle School students at Shorecrest start their day with an advisory group that bolsters their social and emotional development. Community Time also provides grade levels with extra time to engage in cross curricular projects and team building activities.
We continue our CPR experience by focusing on grade level field experiences. The eighth grade travels to Washington, D.C. for an amazing four-day trip to our nation’s Capital. This allows for a more hands-on experience of American History and current events. The seventh grade spends three days in St. Augustine, Florida, studying early American History and its ties to our state. Sixth grade students take a Pathfinders trip for team building activities.
In the Middle School at Shorecrest, our students engage in authentic Service Learning that is tied directly to the curriculum. Each grade has at least one major, cross-curricular project that includes a service component.
Fifth grade students build upon the learning they do while reading the historical fiction novel “A Long Walk to Water” about Sudanese children whose lives are impacted by war and water insecurity. Students work to raise awareness within the school community about the issues of water insecurity and the importance of water conservation.
Sixth grade has a cross-curricular Heroes Project built around a hero’s journey which culminates in work in the community with veterans.
The seventh grade delves into our Florida history and communities, and investigates how our past influences Florida’s communities today. We incorporate this curriculum in every discipline – literature in English; Florida nature and habitat, as well as disease, in science; math concepts; and even a world language focus with French and Spanish influences. The project is further developed during our trip to St. Augustine.
Finally, there is The Entrepreneurial Design Institute
in eighth grade. Students identify problems in their community and use design thinking, ideation and action to develop a unique solution to the real world issue. Learning modules develop the student's entrepreneurial mindset, allowing them to have the freedom to add economic and/or social value to their community.
Our Middle School is a place where we engage, support, challenge and problem solve daily. Come visit us and see for yourself!
Kristine Marquez Grant
Head of Middle School