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Welcome to Middle Academy

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Third through Fifth Grade

Middle Academy is intentionally designed to be a place that fosters the innate sense of adventure, discovery, and budding independence that scholars experience at this level of development. Our approach in Middle Academy is anchored in developing strong, well-rounded, courageous scholars that embrace challenges, welcome new opportunities, and question the world around them. Our educators nurture and model academic courage, a growth mindset, and the HERO habits and traits. In Middle Academy, our heroes are finding their authentic voices, developing and exploring their interests, and celebrating friendships. Throughout their time in Middle Academy, our scholars are bravely exploring new opportunities and crafting a vision of how they can impact the world around them. 

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At Centennial Academy we believe character and academics go hand in hand. Our mission and vision of cultivating scholars who are high achievers, critical thinkers, lifelong learners and ethical leaders is supported at every Academy level.  As an EL Education partner school, we believe in the motto "We are Crew". Our commitment to this belief permeates throughout our campus.

In the EL Education model crew is both a culture and a structure.  The culture of Crew means all members of the Centennial Academy Village; staff, scholars, caregivers, and community members, work together as a team to ensure our school community is supported, strong and thriving. We are committed to working together and helping each other achieve audacious goals!

The structure of crew consists of daily meetings that are designed to be inclusive, fun, reflective and educational. During Crew Meetings scholars build meaningful relationships with peers, reflect on academic progress, and focus on scholarly habits and character development.

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In Middle Academy, through our one-to-one technology model, all scholars have access to personalized blended learning. Our Accelerated Pathway program provides differentiated instruction for students that are identified as in need of accelerated academic support. 

Steam & Project Based Learning 

Using the design thinking model,  CA scholars engage in authentic and challenging standard-aligned micro and macro project-based learning experiences throughout each quarter. These learning experiences culminate in an immersive museum experience called, iCurate, which is open to the community twice a year. During iCurate scholars proudly showcase and share their PBLs with each other, our school, and the community.

Design Thinking Model
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In addition to rigorous academic content, our Middle Academy heroes are immersed in robust enrichment content that we call Connections. Middle Academy scholars are able to engage in rich arts content and learning experiences in the following courses: 

  • Spanish
  • Computer Science

  • Music

  • Physical Education 

  • Art

  • Performing Arts


We nurture and cultivate the innate leadership potential in every child. As a part of CA's culture initiative, we commit to 100% of scholars engaging in a leadership opportunity every year. Middle Academy scholars are learning about our Hero Habits of being; helpful, engaged, responsible, and open-minded. Leadership experiences are designed to enhance scholars’ understanding of how character traits connect to their classroom, school, and the world around them.


Every scholar has the opportunity to lead in the following ways:

  •  Student Ambassadors

  • Classroom Jobs

  • Student News Crew (recite the pledge, Hero Creed, or Hero Affirmation)

  • Leadership Day 

  • Synergy Squads

  • iCurate Docents 

  • And more  

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