The MacArthur Campus Difference
For years, we have heard from the high schools to which our students matriculate that St. Patrick's students make those schools better places. That is the best feedback we could receive regarding the success of our work with these young people—that they leave St. Patrick's prepared for challenge, confident in themselves, and ready to contribute to their new communities.
The MacArthur Campus, home to our middle school (Grades 6 to 8) and where students complete their St. Patrick’s experience, was designed specifically for the students who inhabit the space. It is the perfect setting for these essential years during which students move from being elementary-age children to young adults on the cusp of high school. These years represent a time of tremendous transition for these young people—intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically, morally, and spiritually. Guiding this work is an extraordinary faculty that reflects our core belief in the infinite value of every child, and that helps prepare our students to come to know and believe in themselves. By the time we launch our students on to secondary schools, they have developed the ability to explore and express increasingly complex ideas with competence and confidence.
Knowing that students learn best when they can be fully invested in their work, we strive to create classes and experiences that honor student voice, choice, and leadership, while nurturing a strong sense of connection with the adults who guide them. Classes on the MacArthur Campus balance teaching approaches, weaving in and out of project-based curriculum and more traditional methods, ensuring that students master essential skills while they develop the ability to manage their own work.
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Curriculum Based Trips
Each grade has a signature trip aligned with the curriculum. Grade 6 students spend three days at the Echo Hill Outdoor School. They study Chesapeake Bay ecology as a complement to their science work. Also included are plenty of thrills and opportunities for bonding outside the classroom, including a giant swing and an evening beach cookout. Grade 7 students embark on a “More Perfect Union” trip, travelling to Harpers Ferry to experience the history they have learned about in the humanities classroom. Diving into key events in the years leading up to the Civil War, they then travel to Antietam and Gettysburg. The Grade 8 year culminates in a trip to sites integral to the historic Civil Rights Movement. Students visit museums and historic sites in Birmingham, Montgomery, Selma, and Atlanta, including the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the 16th Street Baptist Church, the Edmund Pettus bridge, the Civil Rights Memorial, and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice.
Secondary School Placement: St. Patrick’s provides substantial assistance for parents and students in secondary school placement. More information about the process and its outcomes may be found on the After St. Patrick’s section of our website. Our students are exceptionally well-prepared for success in high school and beyond. With an array of top secondary school choices available to them and the support of our experienced Placement Team to guide them and their families, our graduates are poised to make their mark on a wider world.