In the Middle School, we offer a multitude of after-school activities that encourage students to try new things and push beyond their comfort zones.
With over 15 different sports offerings at the Middle School level, our Middle School athletics program is an opportunity for sixth through eighth graders to refine their sports skills, compete at a high level, develop passions, and try new things, all while having a whole lot of fun! Experienced coaches, in most cases Middle School classroom teachers, lead our teams.
We want to encourage widespread involvement and foster a spirit of fun, so all of our sixth-grade sports teams are no-cut and participation is very high. Over 91% of Middle School students participate in at least one sport at Pace, and over 56% participate in two or more sports. By the time students reach the seventh and eighth grades, about half of our athletic teams do have cuts, while the others remain open to all interested student athletes.
Practices and games are typically held from 3 to 5 p.m., with occasional weekend games. We offer round-trip transportation to practices and games, whether they take place at our satellite sports complex or at an area school. A comprehensive list of sports offered is available on our Athletics page. Rounding out our athletic offerings are club teams, including equestrian, mountain biking and water polo.
The Middle School Community Engagement Parents Board meets as needed with leaders in the Middle School and the Isdell Center for Global Leadership to help organize service-learning opportunities for students and families.
Its goals are to provide a broad range of service opportunities that allow students to practice good environmental stewardship and understand the dignity and worth of all people. While Pace Middle Schoolers are called to fulfill five hours of service each year, we hope to instill a lifelong love for serving others that follows them to the Upper School and beyond.
Every afternoon from 3 to 6 p.m., students on campus but not participating in organized after-school activities report to the Middle School, where they have time to complete homework and read or play games with fellow Middle Schoolers in a supervised environment.
Middle School students have the opportunity to work with parents and other Middle School students to prepare for the annual Mathcounts competition held in February. Organized by Middle School parents and other interested faculty, the Mathcounts group meets on a weekly basis.
The staff of the Middle School newspaper, the MidKnight Times, meets weekly with their faculty sponsors to write stories, design page layouts, take photos and learn about the exciting world of producing a news publication.
The Middle School Model United Nations (MUN) program for seventh and eighth graders was started by Pace’s Upper School MUN students during the 2020-21 school year. Upper School MUN leaders act as mentors for small groups of seventh- and eighth-grade students to follow the steps to read and research assigned topics; investigate their assigned country; practice speaking as a representative of that country; write a position paper outlining why the topic is important, what their country has done to address the issue, and their proposed action items that form the basis of a UN resolution; and to participate as diplomats in a simulation of the UN. Model United Nations stresses collaboration, working on acceptable policies that do not violate a country's vital interests, research on the financial and logistical obstacles to achieving desired goals, as well as negotiation and speaking skills.
The Middle School robotics team, the RoboKnights, is open to interested sixth, seventh and eighth graders and meets during the second-quarter Discovery period for seventh and eighth graders or after school for sixth graders.
The Middle School drama department stages two mainstage productions annually. Rehearsals take place after school with performances in the evenings. Students appear on stage, run lights and sound equipment, serve on the backstage crew, try their hands as makeup artists, and discover the joys and challenges of live performance. Students participating in theatre are usually also able to participate in athletics.