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Experiential Learning

SPSG embraces and promotes “learning through doing” and middle school students are encouraged to take an active role in their education. From selecting electives and collaborating on projects, to participating in challenge-by-choice initiatives on class trips and making a difference in the greater community, students help drive and direct the middle school program and curriculum.

Project-Based Learning

SPSG’s Middle School aims to make learning a dynamic and engaging process for all students. As such, project-based learning is a central feature in our program. From engineering water filters to help combat pollution in the Chesapeake Bay and our local tributaries, using SketchUp to develop a scale model of a student’s bedroom, preparing for and engaging in a simulation of political debate surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis, to participating entrepreneurship seminars, students are encouraged to immerse themselves in lessons and collaborate as they seek real world application for content and skills acquired. Each year, the middle school breaks from regularly schedule classes to engage in its signature minimester program, which affords students the opportunity to take part in a week-long interdisciplinary project of their choosing. 5th-8th graders are grouped by interest, rather than grade, for the week.

Enhancing Global Perspective

At SPSG, Middle Schoolers develop a greater understanding of the world around them as they engage with students from schools across the globe. Through Skype, blogs and emails, girls in grades 5-8 have the opportunity to participate in an international book club with their peers at St. Hilda’s School and The Southport School in Queensland, Australia. Through its Religious Studies program, SPSG students also participate in a virtual exchange with students living in the Anawim Home orphanage in central Nigeria. Biannually, seventh and eighth grade students are presented the opportunity to embrace new cultures and enhance global perspective through travel. Recent destinations have included Costa Rica and Canada.

Trips

SPSG embraces "learning through doing" and intentionally carves out time and opportunity for students to get out of the classroom and into nature and our neighboring communities or metropolitan areas. In addition to providing a foundation for understanding the world around them, and a real world context for the units of study, students develop strong bonds with classmates as they share memorable experiences and learn about themselves.

  • The 5th grade begins the year with a rafting adventure on the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers. Throughout the year, they take time to supplement service and Humanities and Arts curricula with visits to Paul's Place, Rodgers Farm, the Walters Art Gallery, Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, and more.
     
  • The 6th grade challenges itself with a fall visit to Genesee Valley Outdoor Learning Center, as well as outings to Real Foods Farm, Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, and local museums.
     
  • 7th graders enjoy a week at Echo Hill Outdoor School, where they have the opportunity to engage with nature and explore low-tech living no Maryland's eastern shore. Students participate in everything from high and low ropes course challenges, to studying the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, while building lifelong friendships. Later in the year students visit the Museum of Industry, Pickersgill Retirement Community, and more.
     
  • 8th grade students travel to the Washington D.C. to explore art, history, and social activism as they visit museums, monuments, and famous landmarks. 

Service

Founded in the Episcopal tradition, St. Paul’s School for Girls embraces service and outreach as a major component of its program. Our yearlong service projects provide a depth of understanding about local and global issues. We encourage students to think outside of themselves and empower them to fuse creativity, empathy, and leadership skills to affect change. 

The 5th grade focuses on the theme of hunger and homelessness, the 6th grade works on building healthy and sustainable communities in Baltimore, the 7th grade works with the elderly and the very young, and the 8th grade works with the Ridge Ruxton School.

ST. PAUL'S SCHOOL FOR GIRLS
11232 Falls Road
P.O. Box 8000
Brooklandville, Maryland 21022
TEL: 410-823-6323
SECURITY: 443-862-2294
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