Our middle school program consists of a formal Reading class for all students in addition to the required English/Language Arts along with all other required core subjects. We have always felt that formal reading instruction cannot stop in 5th grade; there are still many skills to be learned and honed and wonderful literature to be read, analyzed and discussed. One period daily is devoted to this. Language Arts emphasizes writing both for FSA and in the content areas. Math is taught through the Standards and qualified students in 8th grade are eligible to take Algebra 1 for high school credit. Science and Social Studies are taught through a combination of the Standards, classroom instruction, and an array of field trips designed to enhance the curriculum. Trips to a variety of venues tell the first-hand story of our rich, and science experiments out on the island include shark-tagging, building and racing plywood boats, working with Remote-Operated Vehicles and Robotics, and an analysis of marine life. FSA Nights are delightful events during which the teachers show parents what we do in class and how they can help their children. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the Coastal Clean-up and take field trips to the Everglades, Loggerhead, and Jupiter Lighthouse - just to name a few.
It has been my pleasure, having completed 16 years as Principal of PBMA, to watch students who entered in Kindergarten walk across the stage at the end of 8th grade to receive their certificates and, in many cases, to now watch them move on to our high school!