Middle School: Grades 5–8

An education for the future

  • Research-based, integrated STEAM curriculum
  • Low student-teacher ratios
  • Art, music, PE, Spanish, and Public Speaking specialists
  • Global service learning and community projects
  • Social-emotional focus on empathy, leadership, and collaboration

Middle school is a time of immense potential, when students have the opportunity to discover their gifts, develop social and emotional intelligence, evolve intellectually and physically, and form an authentic sense of self.

The Spring Hill Middle School program is based in developmental science—understanding what kids at this stage of life are ready for psychologically and neurologically, then working with those motivations to help them thrive academically.

Our developmental approach incorporates the three core motivators for middle school students:

  • Learning is personal—teaching them about themselves and challenging them to reach their potential
  • Learning is social—experiencing interaction with peers and building social intelligence
  • Learning is relevant—connecting curriculum to real-life contexts where the value of the work is clear

Curriculum

Our exceptional Middle School curriculum integrates humanities, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), Spanish, and physical education. Signature programs include makers, design thinking, global studies and service learning, leadership, public speaking, visual and performing arts, and music.

Across curriculum, our masterful teachers work to ensure every student is appropriately supported and challenged. They create a learning environment grounded in:

  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Content
  • Critical Thinking
  • Creativity & Innovation
  • Confidence

Spring Hill students are engaged and committed to their own learning. Because our curriculum and learning environment target their internal motivations in developmentally appropriate ways, our students build multi-dimensional understanding and respect for the content and process of their education. We believe it is our responsibility to build a community of students who can reach their potential and become lifelong learners.

State-of-the-Art Campus

We’re proud to have created Petaluma’s newest and most innovative middle school campus. A beautiful, inviting environment with indoor and outdoor learning spaces, the campus offers cutting-edge technology integration and a flexible layout to support both personalized and collaborative, project-based learning. Special features include:

  • Idea Lab—This flexible classroom promotes creativity, collaboration, risk-taking, and innovation. Integrated STEAM-based projects engage students on a daily basis with real-world problem solving through research, experimentation, prototyping, and other aspects of Design Thinking.
  • Makerspace Studio—Students bring ideas to life through diverse practices such as drawing, painting, sculpture, installation art, photography, architecture, engineering, coding, robotics, video and filmmaking, 3D printing, wood working, cooking, and sewing.
  • Culinary Classroom—This fully equipped space supports a farm-to-table food program and the important life skills of health, nutrition, and cooking. Food is also a lens for investigating academic topics such as history, science, social studies, reading, writing, and math.
  • Edible Gardens—In this outdoor classroom students learn about biology, climate, sustainability, environmental stewardship, leadership for a sustainable tomorrow.

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  • Research-based, integrated STEAM curriculum
  • Low student-teacher ratios
  • Art, music, PE, Spanish, and Public Speaking specialists
  • Global service learning and community projects
  • Social-emotional focus on empathy, leadership, and collaboration