JBMA’s Middle School is a great place for our 7th and 8th graders to develop real-world skills that they will need when they leave. We work with the students to develop their personalities and their values through an open, tolerant environment that encourages discussion and understanding as well as critical reflection and dialogue. Throughout our work we support the institutional mission of helping students achieve their full potential cognitively, socially, emotionally, physically, morally, aesthetically, and spiritually.
Our aim across content areas is to help students develop their own learning goals and expectations for their work and performance. Students are encouraged to ask questions and seek their own answers. We work within specific content areas to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Students move from a weekly work plan in the Upper Elementary to a mix of daily homework and ongoing self-directed projects. These projects engage students in working collaboratively but also in setting timelines and deadlines for their own learning process as they learn to balance their activities and learning.
We engage the students in active learning and character building through service learning projects and internships with area businesses as well as through their field trips. These projects include work with charities such as:
Soles for Soles: A shoe collection charity project done in the fall
Exceptional Foundation: Monthly volunteer work with mentally disabled adults in Birmingham
St. Jude’s Trike-a-thon with our Pre-School
Active research with real world application is a critical part of the week-long middle school trip that all the middle school students take each year. The trip is fully planned by the students as part of their curriculum. Past trips have been to Yosemite, the Everglades, Maine, and the Grand Canyon.
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