Charger Trails

The Charger Trails program is designed to equip Cary Academy middle school students with social and emotional life skills which foster individual well-being and promote a healthy community. At each grade level, life-enhancing themes are explored throughout the school year that address developmentally appropriate needs and concerns. This curriculum embraces respect for self, others, and the environment as we empower students to become confident, contributing members of their community. We believe that a complete education encompasses not only academic disciplines, but also an expanded awareness of self, social interactions and the world.

Charger Trails themes are addressed at each grade level through a variety of activities designed and coordinated by faculty. Instruction includes such options as guest presenters, videos, discussion groups, role-playing opportunities, games, reflective writing, or any other variety of presentations and experiences which help students move toward greater insight, awareness, and personal responsibility.

Current themes are listed below. These may vary according to student needs.


6th Grade: Yearly Theme: Community

Growing a Respectful Community

Digital Citizenship

Self-Advocacy, Life Balance, and Personal Choice

7th Grade: Yearly Theme: Collaboration

Collaboration in group work, team work, and community work

Brainiacs (anatomy of the brain and growth mindset)

Healthy Balance and Self-care

8th Grade: Yearly Theme: Compassion

Respectful Relationships

Service Learning

Discussions around tolerance, acceptance, decision-making, and digital ethics


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