From the Head of Middle School, Vahn Phayprasert

在维持一个中学的项目,尊重和庆祝人类发展的阶段,称为早期青春期, Parker strives to model and curate spaces for developing empathy and identity, with countless opportunities for students to grow intellectually, personally and socially, 我们的中学教职员工为所有孩子提供安全感和归属感,他们需要做自己,并参与自我发现的过程. 一个咨询项目为学生提供一位成年导师,帮助他们做出明智的决定, set priorities and size-up challenges. As the parent of an early adolescent, you may consider the Advisor your point person at school, collaborating with you to promote student independence, 在解决问题和应对挑战中发挥更大作用而产生的自我主张和自信. Our Middle Schoolers also lead full lives beyond the classroom, engaging in community service, athletics and myriad club activities that lead to the discovery of new fields, talents, friendships, mentors, contexts, issues and identities. 这些活动也为青少年早期实践和表现责任感提供了机会, citizenship (esteeming service to community above service to self), cooperation, active listening, leadership and resilience. We do everything with our Middle Schoolers with thoughtfulness and intention, 由拥有青少年早期专业知识的教育工作者设计和促进,并在与这个独特的年龄组合作中找到乐趣.

Our Approach to Middle School

Parker’s educational model, rooted in the rich legacy of Colonel Parker and the metaphor of school being a “Model Home,” is well-suited to Middle Schoolers. This model includes a diverse, inclusive and intimate school community; inspirational teachers who know their students personally and are empowered to pursue organic, authentic opportunities for teaching and learning that emerge from their students; compelling curricula that motivates students to be thoughtful, creative and engaged with enthusiasm in school and community life; and an emphasis on preparing students to embrace their responsibilities as involved citizens in a free, pluralistic and democratic society, seeking, always, to contribute to higher levels of equity and inclusion for the greater good, and committing to a lifetime of growing one's empathy and cultural competency. The Middle School years involve tremendous cognitive, physical and social changes that simultaneously excite, inspire, frustrate and unsettle early adolescents. Puberty has a way of heightening self-consciousness, 破坏友谊,鼓励各种形式的叛逆(大多数是健康和必要的). While children at this stage of development are engaging in more abstract reasoning, 与同龄人和成年人积极的社会交往使你精神振奋,渴望承担更高水平的责任和独立, they also crave clear boundaries, 周到的指导和结构措施,为他们的许多探索提供了安全网. 了解我们的学生,保持学校和家庭之间的密切沟通是我们项目成功的关键. 早期的青少年试图更清楚地定义自己的身份——他们是谁,他们渴望成为谁——与此同时,他们也面临着在自己的欲望和需求之间做出妥协,以获得群体认可的实际需要. And this process takes a number of years to complete, with adolescents finding a way to be true to both themselves and a community or group. Middle School exists, ultimately, 这样孩子们就可以练习从世界上得到他们需要的东西,当他们的父母或照顾者不再为他们做大部分事情的时候.
 
Early adolescents surely feel the anxieties and pressures of growing up in the 21st Century, and although it can be hard to maintain perspective, it remains true that the ideal environment for promoting growth has optimism and joyfulness; enthusiastic engagement without the crippling fear of failure; the safety and freedom to be one’s authentic self while helping those around us do the same; the development of cultural competency so we all come to understand and appreciate our own complex identities and contexts and those of others unlike us; creative, collaborative and meaningful intellectual discourse; perseverance and resilience as primary values and omnipresent goals; and a shared vigorous commitment to sustaining a community that strives with fervor to be the most equitable for all—especially when it’s hard and when no one is quite certain what to do. Although there are times doing something (anything?) may help us as adults feel better, pressure, perfectionism, competition, 高风险的考试和对成绩的关注阻碍了孩子的成长,限制了孩子成功的机会, rather than expand them. It is, therefore, in those inevitable moments of anxiety, 我们最需要寻找的挫折或痛苦,并将快乐称为保持观点的一种手段,同时帮助我们的中学生学会做同样的事情. Ultimately, there is no greater gift we can give early adolescents than the liberating gift of perspective. And there is no greater purpose for the open, 家长和教育工作者之间诚实和尊重的合作,而不是互相帮助,为孩子的利益发展和维持我们自己的长远观点. Educated, enthusiastic and engaged citizens who are intellectually curious, analytical and creative in their thinking; inclusive, empathetic and dedicated to working up to their full potential, not merely for personal gain but for the purpose of making positive, 为他们的社区做出有意义和持久的贡献——这是我们在网投十大可靠娱乐平台中学培养和加强所有中学生的主要品质.
Francis W. Parker School educates students to think and act with empathy, 在一个多元化的民主社会和全球社区中,作为负责任的公民和领导人的勇气和清晰.