Our Approach

The goals of the PUCS Middle School are to encourage students to develop:

  • A Christian perspective that integrates Biblical principles of redemption and reconciliation found only in Christ with their lives and their learning.
  • A broad knowledge of science and social studies content with strong conceptual links between topics.
  • A depth of skills in each of seven skill areas — personal and social development, physical development, language and literacy, mathematics, science, social studies and Spanish — that can be effectively applied in a variety of contexts.

Curriculum

The Middle School students experience two integrated courses, one social science and one science. Each course lasts a full year and aims at synthesizing and formalizing the concepts learned during elementary school. Click here to see the sequence of the Middle School Unit themes.

Math: A three-year track culminating with Algebra 1.

Language Arts and History: A three-year cycle rotating between the ancient, medieval, and modern worlds.

Science: A three-year cycle rotating between life science (biology), earth science (geology and astronomy), and physical science (chemistry and physics).

Spanish:

Lessons in Language and Literacy and the Arts are integrated into these courses. We focus on listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well as broad examination of styles of literature, music, visual arts and the performing arts.

Math, English grammar and vocabulary, Spanish, physical education, study skills, work management strategies, and resource utilization are emphasized throughout the curriculum.

Teachers also relate course content to Biblical themes and Biblical events, as well as the history of Christianity and Christian Mission.

TerraNova Standardized Test Scores: Middle School

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Where our students attend high school and college

Our students are well prepared to attend the high school of their choice. In recent years PUCS alumni have chosen Central Catholic, City Charter High School, Holy Family, Oakland Catholic, Pittsburgh Public Schools (including CAPA, Pittsburgh Obama Academy, Science and Technology Academy and Allderdice), Shadyside Academy, Trinity Christian School and Winchester-Thurston.

Universities and colleges of choice include Harvard, Princeton, Carnegie Mellon, Chatham, Slippery Rock, Boston, Temple, Robert Morris, Seton Hill, Youngstown State, Penn State, Eastern, Houghton, Grove City, Wheaton, and the University of Pittsburgh.