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Middle School Curriculum

Middle school is a time of tremendous intellectual and social growth, as students develop their critical thinking skills and ability to learn independently and work collaboratively. In middle school, PJA students learn by doing, asking, and thinking for themselves, and are supported as they become intellectual risk takers and agents of change who have the ability to turn their beliefs into action.

Middle school classrooms are places of active learning as students engage in discussions and debate, problem solve, design, and create. Students apply critical thinking skills as they consider ethical questions, and develop solid, grounded views about morals, community, and culture.

The middle school curriculum includes classes in humanities, math, science, Hebrew, Jewish studies, and Spanish. The weekly schedule also includes PE, tefillah, health and wellness, and elective exploratories in the arts, service learning, cooking, technology and making. Students learn in a combination of single grade and multi-grade classrooms.

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Poetry at PJA

Naomi visited PJA’s 8th-grade Humanities class where she shared inspiration and insight about writing. She encouraged students to make a habit of writing every day. “Write three sentences every day. They can be about something you noticed, something you are curious about, something that made you sad or happy.” 

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