Specials

Specials span all the grades, and Special Teachers infuse classroom curriculum with their expertise to co-create a rich student experience. This collaborative, interdisciplinary work builds upon class-specific themes and extends the work done at each grade level.

Specials at PMFS

Students are encouraged to develop and express their artistic abilities and share their thoughts and ideas. Art is also integrated with the school’s social studies program, and art projects are often developed to connect with thematic studies during the year.


Drama introduces Fifth and Sixth Grade students to theater basics such as stage movement, points of concentration, pantomime, group theater games, improvisation, character studies, and basic theater exercises. It is also about creativity, teamwork, learning about the world around us, and self discovery.


Gym is designed for students to develop and express their individuality in a wide variety of both cooperative and competitive activities. While the goals and objectives for each grade vary, common threads can be found in all PE classes including fun, teamwork, winning and losing, and confidence.


In Library, students develop and practice literacy skills, research skills, ability to interpret and appreciate literature, intellectual freedom, critical thinking skills, technology skills, and collaborative learning. The curriculum empowers students with the ability to access and process information efficiently and effectively.


Music aims to develop students’ skills so that they can listen to music intelligently, with open minds, and so pave the way for a love and appreciation of diverse music through familiarity. Performances provide students with an opportunity to have the courage to present what they practice in class.


The goal of Science is to understand the world around us. Children are curious investigators, and we seek to enhance and build on their innate interests. Students explore their place in the natural world and understand their role as caretakers of the environment, in keeping with Quaker beliefs.


Spanish is an integral part of PMFS. Each grade from Early Childhood to Sixth has Spanish three to five times a week, with many classes far exceeding the standards set by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). The goal is for each student to attain a degree of fluency with the language.