The Middle School at Providence Country Day introduces students to a world of possibilities. The small size and collaborative environment empowers and nurtures students at this critical stage in their development.
Inquiry and intellectual curiosity drive much of the challenging curriculum, which provides a solid foundation for college-preparatory work in Upper School. While classroom focus is on the traditional subjects and the arts, experiential and interdisciplinary learning is a hallmark of the Middle School program. We take advantage of frequent out-of-classroom opportunities, to connect the subject matter with relevant, real-world experiences and foster creative thinking.
Middle School faculty are both academic leaders and mentors who inspire students not only to pursue deeper levels of understanding, but also to work cooperatively and see themselves as part of a team of problem solvers. Like the faculty members who also serve as advisors, coaches, and role models, students are challenged to take risks both in and out of the classroom and are called to lead the school's numerous initiatives in community service, the arts, athletics, and student government. As a result, the opportunities for positive intellectual and character growth are abundant in the Middle School, and students emerge as confident, well-rounded individuals who eagerly embrace future challenges.
Participation in athletics is an essential part of the PCD middle school student experience. We know that every student is different and we love that about our student body; some are travel team veterans, some would rather spend free time in the art studio. But the painter will benefit from being on the soccer team and the tennis ace will find a new means of expression with a paint brush or a piece of clay. PCD students try new things, they get better at what they're good at and they discover new talents. Confirmed "non-athletes" have found a life-long love of a new sport, just because they were required to participate broadly. The benefits of being on a team and regular physical activity are indisputable—proven through research as well as on the PCD playing fields and courts. There is something for everyone here; the athletic requirement ensures that students take advantage of the opportunities.
Middle School students must participate in a PCD team sport in each of the three sports seasons.
Students not wishing to participate in competitive team athletics will have a fencing option for an additional fee. Fencing meets everyday during the middle school sports period at an off-campus facility.
Visit the athletics section of our website for additional information.
The curriculum in the Middle School is designed to stimulate students’ natural curiosity, their need to explore and question, and their desire to ask “why?” or “why not?” within a safe and caring environment.
Every middle schooler is a member of an advisory group that meets at least once during each seven-day cycle. Groups are led by middle school faculty and can be single or multi-grade in make-up. Students work together on all-school service projects, the current community curriculum, and issues of general interest such as study habits, respectful behavior, technology best practices, etc.
Some students need support above and beyond the regular classroom experience and benefit from the expertise of the learning specialists in The Learning Center.
The Learning Center faculty work with students to identify individual learning styles and provide the necessary tools to support academic success. PCD's learning specialists prepare a profile for each student to help classroom teachers develop appropriate teaching strategies. Learning Center instruction is planned in coordination with each student's classroom teachers. Depending on the student's needs, either individual or small group sessions are integrated into the curriculum and focus on strengthening basic skills in reading, language development, written expression, math, reasoning, and study techniques.
Instruction is designed to help students maximize strengths and understand their unique learning styles. Structured, multi-sensory techniques are used to help students discover their strongest channels for learning and to develop skills to use those channels effectively.