Middle School

This past September, our Middle School opened the year with a boat design challenge. Students worked together to construct boats that would meet project requirements and move as fast as possible down a nine-foot trough of water. The final products were exceptional— setting the tone for an approach to learning that extends beyond the classroom and cognitive skills; learning that is radically student-centered.

Access to information has dramatically changed the way teachers teach and the way students learn. It has also made answering the question of “Why are we learning this?” more difficult than ever before. During the boat design challenge, students and teachers utilized technology— iPhones, laptops, and iPads— to inform and critique their designs. Critical feedback from teachers and peers helped shape final products before they were ready for their authentic assessment— a boat race in front of all their peers.

There is something undeniably compelling about a student-centered learning environment. Since our opening day activity, I have witnessed students leading discussions in classrooms, publicly demonstrating their learning, and exploring various topics with their teachers. New programs, like FLEX, have allowed us to complement these outcomes by exposing students to local and national experts, inter-disciplinary projects, and learning that really matters.

All together, we have been able to create a unique all-boys learning environment that is rooted in the values of truth, unity and love. This is only possible through the expertise and adaptability of our dedicated faculty. Their collective commitment to our students’ cognitive and non-cognitive development is awesome to witness. I invite you to see it for yourself.

Come visit us on campus and experience how “chaos and harmony” co-exist in our Middle School.


Patrick Sillup
Middle School Head


Our Mission

An Augustinian School,
Catholic and Independent,
Living the Augustinian spirit of
Veritas, Unitas and Caritas.

Malvern Preparatory School

418 S. Warren Avenue
Malvern, PA 19355
(484) 595-1100
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