Wondering what your child’s day will look like at Pardes?
A Close-Knit Community
When you think about all the ways your pre-teen will grow in middle school, emotional maturity may be at the forefront of your attention. This is why a supportive environment is essential — one where your student will feel a sense of belonging and know they are surrounded by people who care. Here are a few ways we proactively build community at Pardes:
A continuation of the Responsive Classroom model found in Lower School, social-emotional learning is integrated into our curriculum, which allows middle school students to work on skills such as communication, collaboration, and flexibility daily. As they listen and incorporate their peers’ ideas, manage differing work styles, navigate disagreements, and depend on each other for a collective outcome, they become equipped to thrive in high school, college, and career.
We emphasize honor and respect for self and others. As students strengthen their own core values, they begin to understand different perspectives and treat all people with dignity. When eighth graders leave our campus, we know that they will be confident advocates for themselves and those they meet on their life journey.
Whether through teacher mentorship, our advisory program, or our buddy program, students will be poured into by caring adults and peers, as well as have the opportunity to invest in our younger students. Campus wide traditions strengthen connections across grade levels and create a strong community.
Middle schoolers at Pardes take on more challenging academics as our Project Based Learning approach keeps them active and engaged. This is a time when students often determine their favorite subjects, discover their unique talents, and express causes that they are passionate about. Their learning environment should encourage them to do much more than memorizing facts and passing tests — they should be developing transferable skills that they can use to change the world.
Social and emotional learning
Using techniques like interactive modeling and logical consequences, we help middle school students thrive socially and mature emotionally.
We understand how the mind of a middle schooler works. Highly interactive lessons, autonomy in the classroom, brain breaks, and more ensure pre-teens are set up to thrive and can continue loving school.
Learn What Your Middle Schooler Needs to Succeed
Download our e-book, Inside the Mind of a Middle Schooler, and learn more about your pre-teen’s brain development and how to choose a school that will support their growth.
High School Preparation
Thanks to our small class sizes, students receive ample personalized attention, ensuring they master key academic concepts and are ready to excel in high school. Pardes is an environment where middle schoolers feel safe to take risks — they view it as part of the learning process and develop the confidence needed to take on new challenges.
A typical middle school day follows a modified block schedule which prepares students for high school and offers more class time for projects and discussions.Our elective rotation allows for a trimester of performing arts, a trimester of visual arts, and a trimester of Makerspace. The school day runs from 8:00 a.m to 3:10 p.m., with after school activities available through a membership at the JCC.
The Pardes advisory program provides mentorship and functional training to equip middle schoolers for the future. Your child will be assigned a trusted staff advisor and a group of peers to meet with every morning. The advisor helps students manage time, stay focused, overcome challenges, and prioritize their long-term goals.
Middle school teachers can have a lasting impact on a child’s life. Our faculty has a deep understanding of how the adolescent brain is developing and what students need to succeed. They are committed to professional development and attend cutting-edge workshops around the country, bringing best practices back to our classrooms.