CPSC Middle School

Associate Director Tiffany Grant with CPSC Middle School students

CPSC's Middle School serves fifth through eighth grades. The middle school is at 121 Hunt Street, half a mile southeast of our elementary school building and just a block east of Durham's Central Park. Our mascot is the phoenix.

CPSC Middle School empowers all students to become ethical, caring, and critical democratic citizens. We are dedicated to creating a diverse, safe, and supportive community where our students can take risks, grow, and explore their unique strengths and interests.

The CPSC Middle School Experience

We aim to graduate students who are . . .

  • independent, lifelong learners
  • creative, critical thinkers and problem solvers
  • able to learn from both their successes and their mistakes
  • active, compassionate and responsible citizens, who are caring and curious about the world.
  • effective communicators
  • able to get along and work well with others
  • well equipped with the skills and habits of mind needed to lead productive lives and the confidence to pursue their goals.

Hallmarks of our school include . . .

  • academic rigor
  • authentic project-based learning
  • service learning
  • diversity
  • high expectations
  • empathy and caring
  • respectful conflict resolution
  • community and family engagement
  • health and wellness
  • outdoor learning
  • integrated arts
  • emphasis on cooperation
  • child-centered, differentiated instruction
  • community of independent, lifelong learners

What Sets Us Apart?

Expeditionary Learning

Our Expeditionary Learning-inspired curriculum takes CPSC's child-centered, project-based approach to the next level for students entering adolescence. Expeditionary Learning (EL) is active, challenging and collaborative. With its emphasis on adventure and exploration, its focus on diversity and inclusion, and its incorporation of service, fieldwork, and outdoor learning, EL is a natural fit for our young scholars.

Creative Learning

Arts and technology are woven into our curriculum, giving students lots of outlets for their ideas. And our dynamic electives program offers foreign language, art, music, technology/maker, and more.

Service Learning

By offering their time and skills to the community, our students blossom into responsible, compassionate, contributing members of society. Whether it's reading with CPSC kindergartners or filling a need for one of our neighbors, service learning is a regular part of our school week.

This page (CPSC Middle School) last updated March 24, 2017