Portrait of a Middle School Graduate
We are learning about ourselves.
We are compassionate, honest, and resilient individuals. We are becoming independent and responsible for our own learning. We can face challenges and fears because we know that we will learn from our mistakes. Through these experiences, we are beginning to appreciate our strengths and shortcomings. We strive for our personal best and are proud of our accomplishments.
We are learning that we are part of a whole.
We love our families, cherish our friends, and make new friends easily. We trust and respect our teachers because they trust and respect us. We laugh together. We cry together. We dream together. We recognize that these relationships are the heart and soul of our school. We are also aware of the larger environment around us. We appreciate the earth’s diversity and treasure its resources. We understand our place in the world and are discovering ways that we can make a positive impact on it.
We are learning how to think.
We are curious and interested in many subjects. We know how to ask questions and how to ask for help. We can open our minds, listen to others, and make informed decisions. We are beginning to think on our feet and solve problems creatively. We are learning how to express ourselves clearly and confidently. We stand up for what we believe in and defend our positions because we know that what we think matters.
We are learning through action.
We love learning and having fun. We feel inspired to explore new things and discover our passions. We enjoy designing class projects, presenting onstage, creating art, making music, competing on the fields, and contributing to local and international communities. We are well-rounded students who are able to impress others with the knowledge and experiences we have gained. We are prepared to become leaders and make a difference in the world. We are Middle School graduates of Phoenix Country Day School, and we are ready for the journey ahead.
At a Glance
In our block schedule, students attend 75-minute classes; these extended learning periods allow time for inquiry, collaboration, innovation, and depth of understanding.
The student-centered schedule includes three substantial breaks each day when students engage in enrichment (assembly, advisory, or electives), conference with teachers, do homework, or have down time.
In keeping with recent studies, we make homework meaningful and manageable, limiting that workload to 90 minutes a day and providing ample time to complete that work on campus.