As the bridge between the Lower School and the Upper School, Maui Prep’s Middle School aims to provide students with a nurturing environment that challenges them to develop independence of thought, habit and mind. The approach to teaching and learning at this level changes gradually as students are awarded more freedom and responsibility at each grade level.
The academic program in the Middle School offers a broad base of courses that challenge students intellectually, artistically and athletically. In 6th grade, students participate in foundational courses in English, Science, Social Studies, and Mathematics. As students progress into the 7th and 8th grades, they continue with sequential courses in English, Science and Social Studies, and they begin to follow a Mathematics that meets their individual interests and ability levels.
These core subjects are augmented by elective courses in fine arts, technology, drama, music, band, physical education and health. Each course is designed to provide students with differentiated learning opportunities intended to challenge them throughout their time in middle school. With a low teacher to student ratio, teachers closely monitor the progress of each student and create individualized projects and challenges as necessary. In addition to the classroom teachers, student progress is monitored by the student’s advisor, the Academic Dean and the Middle School Principal. Parents can track the progress of their child through Teacherease, Maui Prep’s web-based grade and homework center. Since communication serves as a cornerstone in the success of middle school aged children, the contact loop between school, student and home remains tight throughout their time in the program.
In addition to the academic curriculum, the Middle School encourages students to explore extra curricular athletics, community service opportunities, clubs, student government and other after-school programs to enrich their lives and engage them with peers island wide. Overall, the Middle School program at Maui Prep endeavors to expand each student’s knowledge of the subject studied and to develop the prerequisite skills necessary for success in the Upper School, while encouraging them to become caring, compassionate and engaged individuals