Middle School

Children are naturally eager to question, develop their own theories — even change a point of view.

Curriculum by Grade

Our middle school program includes grade five through eight, and is led by a team of teachers who work together to provide an integrated, multi-disciplinary curriculum designed to address the different learning styles inherent in every classroom. This is a time of transition, and our teachers are responsive to the needs of this age group. In addition to the strong academic program, teachers support students as they develop a strong sense of self, an understanding of themselves as learners and as people, the qualities of resilience and perseverance, and the skills necessary to work effectively with others. Our goal is to graduate students who demonstrate admirable character, solid academic skills, and with the understanding of themselves as learners and as people to succeed in high school and beyond.

MP&MS employs an integrated curriculum based on a foundation of established themes. Language arts, math, social studies, science, Spanish, drama, art, music, service learning, physical education, and technology are incorporated into a positive experience for each student. The faculty, librarians, and staff work closely together to connect the subject matter in meaningful ways. 

The curriculum is designed to promote understanding and thoughtfulness. Students are asked to think deeply and reflectively about facts, ideas, and experiences in an increasingly diverse society. They are encouraged to make connections between their learning at school and their growing awareness of the outside world.

Our Middle School Experience Includes:

Team Teaching 

Each middle school class has two full-time homeroom teachers; each teacher leads two academic subject areas. This team teaching model supports consistent collaboration and communication between teachers in relation to the needs of individuals or groups of students, along with the seamless integration of curriculum and multi-disciplinary units and a classroom based advisory experience. 

Flexible Scheduling

MIddle school teachers have the flexibility to design the daily and weekly schedule around the needs of their students. The daily schedule includes half-class splits for each core academic subject, while the other half of the class participates in one of the specialist classes (art, music, drama, or Spanish). The whole class is together for morning meeting, physical education classes, group presentations, and other activities.

Life Skills

MP&MS teachers are dedicated to helping our students become people of strong character. The MP&MS core values — respect, accountability, safety, kindness, active listening, and doing one’s personal best — are the rules we live by. Our middle school Life Skills program focuses on topics related to interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships, communication, stress management, nutrition and body image, media literacy, drugs and alcohol, and human development, including sex education.

Specialist Courses

All middle school students participate in specialist classes as part of the regular schedule, these classes include art, music, drama (one hour per week in half-class groups), physical education, and Spanish (four times per week, forty-five minute classes).

Elective Program

The Friday afternoon elective program includes such classes and activities as ceramics, creative writing, carpentry, sports, remote control cars and airplanes, rock band, cooking, dance, drama, yearbook club, and leadership. Elective classes are cross grade and chosen by the students.

After School Sports and Drama

Middle school boys and girls have the opportunity to participate in interscholastic after school sports, including flag football and cross-country in the fall, basketball in the winter, and track and field in the spring. The middle school spring drama production takes place during the second semester, culminating in a spring production at the Marin Civic Center. Students rehearse after school on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, and Friday during the elective program.

Student Council/Leadership

The Student Council leadership team includes officers and class representatives from all grades. The Student Council manages school dances and leads fundraising efforts for causes initiated by students and teachers and voted on by the student body. Past efforts have included raising funds to build a classroom in Ecuador and working with the Marin/San Francisco Food Bank.

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