There are two parts to life in Middle School. One is about becoming intellectually and academically ready for Upper School by working on challenging projects, learning about new ideas, and doing your best work with the help of great teachers.
The second part is about friendships and fun! At UPrep, our Middle School students come from all over the Puget Sound and the school serves as a hub for students to be together both during and after school. At any given time, 70% of our students play for one of our many Puma teams! Our Student Council plans lots of activities for students to socialize on campus: There are dances in the fall and spring, movie nights, plays, game nights, ski bus and Pumafest (our seasonal sports celebration). Students can often stay on campus and be supervised before an evening activity so that transportation is not an issue.
In addition, each class has retreat days when we all do activities together in the sun (or sometimes in the rain). Each class also does an overnight camping trip to different places in Washington and students work with teachers to select activities and then do their own meal planning, cooking and cleaning. It’s a chance to be challenged together and have fun. Some of the recent trips include:
- Overnight camping at Fort Warden State Park in Port Townsend
- Hiking and camping at Mt. St. Helens
- Exploring and camping at Grand Coulee Dam
- Backpacking to Cooper Lake near Salmon Le Sac
- Traveling to an organic farm in Eastern Washington
- Floating the Yakima River and camping on the riverbanks
Most Upper School students also find time to connect in meaningful ways after the school day ends, whether at sports practices, studying in the library, or working together on a project for a class or club. Additionally, UPrep hosts regular opportunities for students to come together as a wider community. The majority of students look forward to attending the quarterly ASB-run dances, but community social events don’t end there! Students might gather to watch their classmates perform in a play or concert, cheer on the Pumas in athletics, or attend an event sponsored by a club such as Puma Talks or the Creative Arts Society Coffee House.