Middle School | Gr. 6–8


José Arnaldo Mejia-Torres, Spanish Teacher

When I came to the Priory, I brought new ideas and cultural proposals, and all 65 of my students enthusiastically joined in. That was my clue to the spirit of the Priory. The open-mindedness and interest of my students, and the charm and kindness in the air, create a wonderful environment for a teacher.

Developing Minds, Exploring Passions

The Priory Middle School offers rich academic courses with a broad array of dynamic electives. Each grade level has one Humanities teacher, who teaches both English and social studies. This teacher acts as a type of “homeroom” teacher for each grade level. This consistency is a great structure for middle school students. We offer a wide range of electives for all grade levels. Sixth graders take a quarter of art, computer science, drama, and music. Seventh and eighth graders select several choice electives each year to explore their interests and talents. We currently offer the following choice electives:

Woodworking, Drawing & Painting, Advanced Drawing & Painting, Ceramics, Digital Photography, Acting, Improvisation & Play Performance, Beginning Strings, Beginning Winds, Worlds of Music, Musical Theater Performance, Dance, Special Effects Video, Lego Robotics, Digital Video, Guitar, Swords, Words & Mayhem, and Anime.

View the Middle School Curriculum

Dynamic & Engaging

Our middle school teachers are dynamic and engaging. Learning is highly collaborative and “hands on.” We believe in innovative lesson planning that includes putting our students in the center of their own learning. Student-centered instruction allows students to feel connected to the material and enhances student learning. We want our students to think critically, problem solve, discuss and synthesize, and investigate the world around them. We are mindful of our growing global community and incorporate global issues and discussions with our students.

Everyone Knows Your Name

Our middle school student body is approximately 100 students with a balance of boys and girls. With a student-teacher ratio of about 9:1, teachers really get to know each student well. Students develop strong relationships with their teachers. Each student is “known and loved” in our nurturing school environment. Students benefit both academically and socially from the community feeling of this learning environment. We offer several leadership opportunities for our middle school students including our executive middle school council positions, grade level class officers, as well as, participation on middle school committees. All middle school students can join committees to take on a more active role in our sporting events, extracurricular community events (dances, pool parties, movie nights, etc.) and our daily school life activities (like running our snack shack, the Cub Shack). Our students are actively involved in the daily happenings of our school community. This makes all the difference.

Middle School Graduation Requirements

  • English: Three years
  • History: Three years
  • Math: Three years
  • Physical Education: Three years
  • Science: Three years
  • Theology: Three years
  • World Language: Three years
  • Required & Choice Electives:
    • 6th Grade: One semester Computer Science required, one semester Study Skills required, two quarter choice electives
    • 7th Grade: Four quarter choice electives
    • 8th Grade: One quarter each of both Health and Project Step Up required and two quarter choice electives

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