grades 6 though 8
In 2020, PCS expanded to launch a Middle School that offers learner-centered, community-minded, project-based learning to students in Grades 6-8 . Thedynamic, experience-based curriculumincorporatesadvisory, community partnered internships and work toward a capstone projectto encourage students to venture out and inquire about the world around them while continuing to offer them the support and safety of the PCS community that they have helped to create.
With the addition of the Middle School, Peconic Community School aims to offer a high-quality, progressive alternative to the local larger middle and junior high schools in the area, which combines份措辞尖锐dent inquiry,community engagementandmentored studyto support learners in growing ascreative problem solvers, critical thinkers and leaders.
Community partnerships are a cornerstone of the PCS experience, and our work with organizations such as Group for the East End, Peconic Land Trust, Sylvester Manor, and the Watermill Center, to name just a few, is vital to our place-based curriculum. Students moving into the seventh and eighth grades are nowready to work more intensively and independently with placements as apprentices and assistants.Whether creating historic early farm machinery exhibits at Hallockville Museum Farm, or researching conservation easements with a land trust, students in the 7/8 Internship program engage in authentic, purposeful work in the community.
Students in the seventh and eighth grades haveinterests and pursuits worthy of year-long independent projects, and the capstone project is an opportunity for students toconduct a long-term, comprehensive investigation an issue, idea or problem and present their original thinking. With the help of an advisory group, students in the eighth grade propose, design and execute a year-long project on a topic of their choice, culminating in an assessment and exhibition of their work, be it a research document, performance, film or other representation of leaning. The capstone project may be an intensive study of an abiding interest, it may grow from a student’s work during their internship/apprenticeship, or it may be an opportunity for a student to pursue a new line of inquiry.
For students of all ages, Peconic Community School is committed to educating, recognizing and honoring the whole child, understanding thatsocial emotional engagement is vital to authentic, meaningful learning. As students move into the Middle School years, the push and pull between independence and the desire to be a part of something, between speaking up and fitting in, between self and community, is both a challenge and a profound opportunity. Advisory brings students in Grades 6 though 8 together to approach the themes of Digital Citizenship, Mental and Physical Health, Life Skills, Global Citizenship, and Community Building with honesty, information and responsibility.
We appreciate your interest in PCS!Please complete the inquiry form linked below to connect with our Co-Director and Admissions Lead, Liz Casey Searl and, and learn more about what a PCS education can mean for your child.
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