Advanced Learning Skills
During their middle school years, students at PVCP transition from the lower school learning environment and prepare for their upper school experience. Math studies are based on placement, with a majority of students performing above grade level. Students begin to explore The Great Books in language arts classes and are increasingly challenged to think critically and analyze historical works, preparing them to thrive in their upper school experience at PVCP. Furthermore, students in middle school learn advanced study skills, research methods, and long-term time management for large projects. These skills are crucial to success not just in upper school, but also in college and professional life.
In the middle school, PVCP students expand their knowledge through a combination of traditional classroom learning and unique hands-on experiential opportunities. Not only do such experiences include onsite labs and practicum opportunities, but students also have the chance to study unique learning units outside the normal classroom context. Highlights of middle school include a marine biology unit at the Catalina Island Marine Institute in California and an eighth grade American heritage study that visits historic locals such as Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Boston.
Embracing the Christian Faith
Academics are not the only changes students face in grades six through eight. PVCP’s emphasis on spiritual mentoring works with parents to guide young minds toward individuality and a larger view of the world. Bible courses transition from a story-based curriculum to exploring the Bible as a cohesive and authoritative narrative of God’s redemption of mankind. Eighth graders make their first foray into apologetics, assessing the evidence of the Christian faith and exploring competing worldviews such as Deism, existentialism, and naturalism. This opening of the mind prepares them to be strong Christian thinkers and influencers in the years to come. Through this process, students embrace Christianity not because it is the faith of their parents, but because of a desire for a personal relationship with the living God.
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