Fifth grade students benefit from art, music, physical education, and Spanish specialists and still have a homeroom teacher. Sixth grade through eighth grade use a block schedule with Literature and Language Arts as two separate subjects. Other disciplines (e.g., Science, Math, Social Studies, Art, Choir/ Band, Physical Education, and Spanish) use the curriculum as a standard and often provide real life application to expand student thinking. Subjects can have linked collaborative curricula, which provide real world application for students. This flexible program integrates diverse subjects with contemporary classroom management that enhances learning. Naturally, this helps students become better researchers and scholars.
Small class sizes and a challenging and nurturing environment characterize the St. Paul’s experience. Respectful, trusting relationships support learning as teachers provide meaningful attention to each student. Classes range from 12-18 students to ensure the most personalized educational experience. The multi-aged advisory period allows for leadership development and social support for students.
Premier College Preparatory Program
The middle school program has learning outcomes that exceed state and national standards. Advanced math placement opportunities and the flexibility to differentiate math placement based on ability has allowed for better instructional grouping. A comprehensive Spanish program that builds from the Lower School allows students the opportunity to test out of first year upper school courses and requirements. There are opportunities to compete in the Whatcom County Science and Engineering Fair, local Math Championships, Poetry Out Loud, and National Scholastic Art and Writing competitions.
7th graders demonstrate competency at a rate 26% higher than state scores across the board (reading, writing and math).
All of middle school has specific field trips that are centered on inquiry-based learning where students are motivated by their own curiosity. Fifth graders enjoy going to an Environmental Education Program at Lake Samish to support their Ecosystems science unit. Sixth grade goes on the NatureBridge trip to the Olympic Peninsula and investigates old growth forest, wilderness coasts, and alpine peaks. The seventh grade culminates their semester-long investigation of Washington State history by traveling to our state capital in Olympia and Mt. St. Helens. The goal is for students to gain a better understanding of our local heritage as well as an appreciation for our environment. Eighth graders travel to Washington, D.C. as a culmination of the U.S. History course.
Open and Tolerant
Students assemble for chapel services twice a week, and have the opportunity to explore and discuss spiritual matters and develop a social consciousness. Our Chaplain provides age-appropriate messages that address the practical and spiritual needs of our students. We teach ecumenical Christian values and promote our Core Commitments, yet have a rich religious diversity within our school. Students are encouraged to select topics or needs related to a country, a social concern, a school community matter, or health issue for group prayer focus.
Our School community, rooted in Christian values and our four Core Commitments, is committed to free and open inquiry at every level.