Park Middle School students take required courses in every academic discipline, the arts, and physical education. Special programs such as Exploratory Learning Week, life skills classes, and grade level trips provide opportunities for further growth. Chorus, Middle School Government, sports, and other activities during the day and after school give students time to pursue extra-curricular interests.
Each year in Middle School is guided by an overarching theme which guides curriculum, affective learning, and co-curricular work.
Sixth grade students consider their roles as individuals in a larger group and experience different kinds of communities firsthand. The sixth grade curriculum encompasses world geography, ecology, and international literature.
The seventh grade curriculum covers valuable perspectives on private and public, personal and community identities. Students confront important questions: What can literature tell us about who we are and what other people's points of view might be? What does the study of American history tell us about who we are as Americans?
The thematic focus on advocacy presents a context for students to formulate and defend their own claims. Students refine their research techniques, learn about argument, and write (and rewrite) in preparation for delivery of a persuasive speech on a topic of their choice. A culminating eighth grade event is the presentation of that speech to Middle School peers, teachers, and invited guests.