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.