We view adolescents as young men and women, made in the image of God, designed to reflect the glory of their Creator.
Progressing from the more structured and routine lower school years, our middle students are inspired to take ownership of their education. Their intellectual curiosity is stimulated and their faith is rooted through the exploration of great ideas and texts in classrooms grounded in a biblical worldview. Students develop leadership through meaningful opportunities to present, organize, create, and guide.
We know that our graduates will leave Providence and enter an increasingly dark culture and world, so it is of the utmost importance to continue gradually forming their character with each lesson, conversation, and assignment. With each year building on the former, our middle school years continue the habit formation of the early learner and lower school years. We want students to leave Providence ready to face the challenges of life, to know the value of perseverance, and to influence their culture positively as a result of their Christ-like character.
OUR APPROACH TO CHARACTER TRAINING
Our first task in the middle school is to help students develop self-governance. If a student cannot lead himself well, he will not lead others well. Progressing to Classes Five and Six, we coach students in how to be responsible for their own actions and strongly encourage parents to do less and less for their children. In the final years at Providence, Classes Seven and Eight, we offer various leadership opportunities that teach students skills that will help them to be influencers as they move into high school.
As students enter middle school, the Logic phase of development, they need increased opportunities for independence and personal responsibility. We want to offer such opportunities in a framework that will allow for loving guidance when students make mistakes. When students enter Class Five, we train them to take more ownership of their own work, relying less on parental guidance than they have in the earlier grades. We also want them to learn to conduct themselves in appropriate ways, both in the classroom and in their social interactions. As they gain a firmer footing in these areas, students gain greater privileges that allow them more independence. When students graduate from Providence, our design is that they would be ready and able to handle the challenges that will come as they move into the Rhetoric phase.
Scripture teaches that the responsibility for educating the child lies primarily with the parents (Deuteronomy 6:7-9). Because of that command, we maintain high expectations of our parents while acknowledging that their responsibility often requires help and guidance. We are strongly committed to partnering with parents in a number of ways. First and foremost, we actively look for ways to equip parents as they guide their children spiritually. Our teachers, many of them parents themselves, understand preteens and teenagers and readily offer wise insight as to how to guide these image bearers without exasperating them.
Second, we offer quality instruction in the classroom that gives parents confidence in the academic education that their children are receiving. As parents work with their children on particular concepts at home, we are ready and willing to provide useful resources that will enhance their effectiveness. Third, we are mindful that our work deals not only with the whole child, but also the whole family. We desire to minister to each family through our daily interactions, and we are eager to do what we can do to help each family find success in the middle school years. We remain abundantly grateful for the active role our parents play here at our School, and we encourage their involvement for the good of the community.
MIDDLE SCHOOL HOURS
Class Five: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.
Classes Six through Eight: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with Athletics from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.