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 yet progressive 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 like Science Fair, National History Day, Drop Everything and STEAM Week, and many other cross-curricular, grade level projects. Each grade level has a rigorous curriculum that incorporates Project Based Learning. This provides 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 and technology together in our Innovation and Design Studio, in addition to our music, drama and debate classes. We have a strong physical education program that will help develop skills that are important in our Middle School years and beyond and prepare students for Varsity athletics if they choose. As for clubs, we offer Model UN, Jr. Thespians, Forensics, LEGO Robotics and more.
At Shorecrest, we support students with an advisory program called Circle of Power and Respect (CPR). Each morning the students start their day with an advisory group which supports their social and emotional development. Our seventh and eighth grade students are developing a Peer Mediation Program which helps students become empathetic problem solvers.
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 gives students 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. Fifth and sixth grade students take a one-night trip to NASA for a science program, and they sleep under the space shuttle.
Any well-rounded curriculum is lacking without Service Learning. 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 results in a component of service. Fifth grade students build upon the learning they do while reading the realistic fiction novel "Serafina's Promise" about a Haitian girl whose biggest desire is to go to school but must remain at home to collect water for her family. Students work with members of our local community who provide support to a Haitian school and orphanage. 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 the problem of disease and illness, creating curriculum in every discipline that will lead to the essential question: How can you increase awareness or help prevent disease or illness? Students will develop a disease-specific project that helps to answer that question, culminating in a health fair and showcase. Finally, there is a Capstone Project in eighth grade where students choose their project and spend the year developing their work and how it will impact their community.
Our Middle School is a place where we engage, support, challenge and problem solve daily. Come visit us and see for yourself!