The Middle School Green Team’s goal is to increase the school’s level of sustainability each year. Students document their family’s conservation actions and goals; they transition their efforts from home to the classroom where they pledge to reduce their carbon footprint through various means:
- Saving energy by reducing lighting use in half and monitoring classroom thermostat
- Using less plastic by investing in reusable water bottles
- Saving paper by printing less
Students present these initiatives to faculty at a Middle School division meeting.
Young Mock Trial is an outreach program that enables Middle School students to develop an early involvement in the legal and theatrical aspects of mock trial. The program focuses on quick analysis, critical thinking and improvisational acting. Members of Young Mock Trial look to the Upper School Torrey Mock Trial team, who have had great success in San Diego County competitions.
This American Life
Sixth-grade students are assigned a fictional American citizen with a predetermined occupation, salary and hometown in this interdisciplinary project. Students must set a budget. After calculating and deducting federal income tax, they must determine their basic living expenses (housing, food, healthcare, transportation and childcare). After meeting their basic needs, if they have discretionary income left, students may determine how to use their discretionary income. If they fall short of meeting their basic needs on their salary, students must be creative in determining how they will meet these basic needs by either cutting expenses or adding income. The project is designed to reinforce basic computational skills, but the mission of the project is to provide a “real-world” experience about finances and budgeting. Decision-making skills are integral to this project.