This is a group of sharp, motivated students with an interest in civic engagement projects. Students debate on contemporary issues and consider them in historical, economic and political contexts. The program works in collaboration with the Upper School civic engagement program.
Students present these initiatives to faculty at a Middle School division meeting.STEAM+GStudents explore a current issue affecting millions of people locally and around the world through this fifth-grade multidisciplinary project.
Each year, the theme of the project changes to a relevant topic. One recent theme was water supply. The water crisis is considered the No. 1 global risk, based on impact to society, according to water.org
. Students studied water quality around the world and its impact on the population in geography and world culture. Meanwhile in science and math, students researched and measured water filtration and brainstormed ways to save water or create systems to clean ocean pollution. They developed content for a brochure and polished their presentation skills in English for the culminating event in April. The goal of this project is to raise awareness on the importance and inequality of water access. Our young minds can make a difference and affect change.MOCK TRIAL
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 succeeded in the 2014–2015 season ranking No. 1 in San Diego County.THIS AMERICAN LIFESixth-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.