Peoria Academy is alive with art! Our students are fortunate to experience an array of artistic mediums before they graduate on to high school!
As middle schoolers, students will deviate from the twice a week class and monthly mediums, to a more rigorous five day-a-week (for one quarter) rotating curriculum. This set of curricula will span all four years of middle school, with mediums changing every year. Built into the middle school curriculum there is also an art history program in addition to a critique series.
As a part of Peoria Academy’s exceptional art program, the school puts on both an art show and an art fair. The art show displays art work created by each and every student in the school and is exhibited at a local gallery. PA’s art fair is a fun carnival-like event that highlights the arts, with pottery demos, student performances, a kid’s art tent, and even a band. It’s a fun event that the whole family can enjoy!
As part of Peoria Academy’s mission, we strive to foster the intellectual growth of well-rounded children. The fine arts department is no exception! Our school emphasizes the importance of the arts and their significance in nurturing the whole child.
Middle School Music is a comprehensive curriculum that promotes interactive learning.
Middle School Music is designed to develop an appreciation of all types of music through listening, analyzing, evaluating, and presentation skills. The curriculum in fifth through eighth grade encourages students to develop an understanding of music genres throughout history and their impact on society then and now. Students showcase their knowledge and skills learned through original, creative projects. By sharing their knowledge in a variety of ways including Keynote-style presentations, performing live and recorded compositions for one another, and presenting about a composer, musician, or band(s) life and contribution to music history, classes are able to leave Peoria Academy with a solid musical foundation.
The Middle School Spanish program seeks to encourage, support, and provide a positive classroom environment where students have the opportunity to learn the Spanish language, as well as to develop a greater understanding of both Spanish and other Hispanic cultures. Using the student’s instinctive qualities of curiosity, creativity, and participation, our program’s goal is to fully prepare students for subsequent high school Spanish and instill a love for language acquisition. Instruction is offered in a progressive, challenging, and sequenced manner given. Reinforcement is achieved through repetition, memorization, and progressive immersion. Assigned readings, textbook, workbooks, project presentations, skits, plays, role-play, games, songs, art, videos, food days, holiday celebrations, guest speakers, and planned outings to Mexican restaurants are some of the learning practices used to engage students at every level of their learning experience. Finally, subjects such as Spanish art, geography, famous people, current events, history, and research on various cultural topics are explored to help the students develop a greater global understanding and cultural sensitivity.
STEM refers to the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. However, STEM initiatives are not science, technology, engineering and mathematics in isolation. Rather, STEM is the integration of courses, programs or linked learning opportunities using an interdisciplinary approach through exploration, discovery and problem solving. Students are given the opportunity to discover new interests through computer coding, robotics, problem-solving, engineering and inter-disciplinary projects. Blended-learning curriculum and project-based activities encourage our students to reach beyond the traditional definition of academic success. Students are actively engaged in hands-on minds-on activities through which they realize the application and relevance of their STEM education experience.