Middle School Curriculum

Pine Street Middle School is a groundbreaking new approach to middle school, capturing the unique energy and spirit of adolescence in an engaging learning model that invites social collaboration through dynamic and relevant inquiry. This is middle school that looks into the future and nurtures modern skills and practices.

Our middle school program has 7 components which include 6 domains of transdisciplinary learning and a central driving focus on matters of urgency (such as climate change) and their corresponding actions of agency (such as sustainability).

Individuals & Groups

We all seek personal identity, we all need a place to belong.

History: The study of groups of people and their interactions across time and place.

Geography: The study of the world and the people within it, and the interaction between the two.

Economics: Examining the choices people make about the use of limited resources to satisfy unlimited wants.

Stories & Signals

We are all storytellers; we all send messages to each other.

Literacy: The ability to read, write, speak and listen in a way that lets us communicate effectively and make sense of the world. Literacy in more than one language opens opportunities for increased cultural understanding and broader perspectives.

Media Literacy: Provides a framework to access, analyze, evaluate and create messages in a variety of forms. It builds an understanding of the role of media in society as well as essential skills of inquiry and self-expression necessary for successful citizenship.

Patterns & Principles

We all look for recurring patterns and enduring principles to help us make sense of things.

Biology: The study of living things in their environment.

Physics: Explaining the universe in terms of the simplest possible models express in terms of the movement and position of objects.

Chemistry: The study of the materials the world is made from, their properties, structures, and behaviors.

Mathematics: The science that deals with the logic of shape, quantity, and arrangement.

Imagination & Creativity

We are all creators. We are all capable of imagining new futures and making them real.

The Arts: Represents a range of human activities in creating visual, auditory or performing artifacts expressing the author's imaginative concept and technical competency, intended to be appreciated for their beauty and their emotional/expressive power. Read more about the Arts at Pine Street Middle School.

Technology: Intervention by design to expand human possibilities.

Innovation: The activity of people and organizations to change themselves and the environment. It means breaking routines and dominant ways of thinking, introducing new things, behaviors and standards. It involves the process of translating an idea into a product or service that has value.

Sustainability & Systems

We all share a duty of stewardship for the ecosystems we inhabit. To execute that duty, we need to understand how systems work.

Sustainability: Focuses on meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. The concept of sustainability is composed of three pillars: economic, environmental and social - also known informally as profits, planet and people.

Systems Thinking: A way of thinking about, and a language for describing and understanding, the forces and interrelationships that shape the behavior of systems. This discipline helps us to see how to change systems more effectively, and to act more in tune with the natural processes of the natural and economic world.

Purpose & Balance

We all seek meaning and purpose in our existence and we strive towards achieving balance in our lives.

Spirituality: Spiritual dedication involves the inquiry into spiritual truth. It involves a sense of connection to something other than ourselves, and a search for meaning in life.

Health & Well-Being: Achieving health is achieving a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity (WHO).

Physical Education: A focus on movement and its contribution to the development of individuals and communities.

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    Matters of Urgency

    We all face pressing challenges and promising opportunities. We share a responsibility to embrace both.

    Matters of Urgency

    • Socio-economic stratification
    • Environmental degradation
    • Climate change
    • Genetic engineering
    • Artificial intelligence
    • Over-population
    • Terrorism
    • Migration
    • Homelessness
    • and the list goes on...

    Aspects of Agency

    • Fairness
    • Truth
    • Sustainability
    • Compassion
    • Innovation
    • Collaboration
    • Communication
    • Leadership
    • Resilience
    • Reflection
    • Integrity