learning at Park
Sixth grade is an exciting transitional year for a student. It is a time of increased critical thinking, empathy for another’s experience or point of view, and a time of claiming one’s values and beliefs.
Park Day School encourages and supports young adolescents as they advocate for themselves, deepen their understanding of themselves as learners, and strive to meet the increased expectations of their academic lives.
The 6th graders hone their skills as authors, scientists, mathematicians and activists during this exciting year at school. Sixth-graders are buddies directly linked to the kindergarteners; they are sought after to resolve conflicts on the playground; and they are looked to for modeling kind and thoughtful behavior.
Seventh grade is a year of higher expectations and dynamic learning. Park Day’s middle school teachers offer an interdisciplinary, project-based program with clear academic challenges and positive support.
Students are encouraged to step outside of their comfort zone - debating a controversial topic, taking on the next big challenge in math, or directing their own one-act plays. They experience academic and personal growth through their mistakes, discover their own voices, and take on greater responsibilities for themselves.
Eighth grade is a year when students delve more deeply into their academic subjects. We want each student to answer the question “Who am I and what do I have to say?” as they attain an understanding of their own strengths, weaknesses
and sense of identity.
Park Day School graduates are recognized for their ability to solve problems and to work collaboratively and effectively in groups. They are known for their creative thinking, intellectual curiosity, leadership, and activism. Our goals are that our students have a developed sense of integrity and self-confidence and a continuing love of learning; that they understand the
(2012-13 7th & 8th grade course descriptions)