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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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The Hebrew month of Adar began on February 25th. The holiday of Purim falls during this month with its silly and joyful celebration. As the Hebrew song goes, “When the month of Adar arrives, our joy increases!” Learning at PJA is almost always fun and creative, but during this month...

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