There's no doubt that the Pace Academy Middle School is a special place, and these unique traditions unite our students, faculty and staff, creating a culture of warmth, inclusion and fun!
- Class Retreats
- Daily Recess
- Lunch Bunch
- Community Engagement Days
- First Fridays
- Hero Day
- Parents Club Fall Fair
- Sixth Grade Father-Daughter Dance
- Chattahoochee Nature Center
- Grandparents & Special Friends Day
- PJ & Cocoa Day
- Middle School Spirit Night
- Team Challenge
- Medieval Banquet
We know that the friendships students forge during their time in the Middle School last a lifetime. To give students the opportunity to bond as a class, we facilitate overnight, off-campus retreats in each grade. Sixth and seventh graders travel to Camp Coleman and Historic Banning Mills, respectively, the first week of the school year to reconnect as a class after summer break. Our eighth graders’ yearlong emphasis on social justice takes them on their annual spring Civil Rights trip to Montgomery, Selma and Birmingham.
From its humble beginnings in the early 1960s, the Pace Fall Fair has grown into one of the most anticipated events for families throughout the Atlanta community. From inflatables, sports and activities, to shopping, food, and other attractions for young and old alike, the Fall Fair has it all and is always a fantastic time for the entire family. For our Middle Schoolers, it’s the opportunity to set up booths drumming up excitement about the year’s ICGL global theme.
Canstruction may be one of the Middle School's most beloved—and most impactful—traditions. In advisory groups, students collect non-perishable food items and design elaborate structures, using the items as building materials. Groups choose from themes such as "All Things Pace," "Sports," "Famous Structures" and "Animals." The food collected during Canstruction is donated to an Atlanta-area community organization.
Every January, Middle Schoolers take over the Inman Center with their Knight pride. A special pizza dinner followed by exciting Middle School basketball games against area rivals offer the perfect start to the second semester. The afternoon includes wonderful student performances, a visit from Sir Winsalot and half-time games.
On a Friday in February, our Middle School gathers in the Fine Arts Center as students showcase their talents and classmates cheer them on in our talent show, complete with eighth-grader emcees. Get ready to be blown away by our talented singers, musicians, dancers, comedians, dog trainers and magicians.
In the spring, our Middle Schoolers enjoy a little healthy competition as they break into teams for a day of fun. Relay and potato-sack races, tug of war, water balloon games, pie-eating contests, a student-teacher basketball game and dodgeball provide great opportunities to work as a team with students from other grades.