Wake County Public Schools Magnet School Paideia

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The Museums and Paideia Approach to Learning

Moore Square Museums Magnet Middle School is an interactive learning environment that expands beyond the classroom walls to the museums, community and the world. Student must submit a walking permission form to participate.  Download form here.

Museum Approaches to learning is multifaceted at Moore Square. The students and teachers:

  • Use objects and exhibits at museums as primary and secondary source entry points
  • Use objects to analyze and research relevant curriculum
  • Develop habits of learning and teaching which is inquiry based
  • Students learn to analyze and  design exhibits both within a museum and within the school
  • Students create exhibits of their work throughout the school which are organized, have clear relevant learning goals and objectives, visual appeal and are engaging to an audience.

With downtown Raleigh at our doorstep, students have access to a variety of resources to create an interactive learning environment.

In a typical school year, our classrooms are extended into various traditional and non-traditional museum spaces. Guided study trips are designed around curriculum objectives providing authentic experiences for our students.   Click here for the 2012-2013 study trips and experiences.

Students at M2M3 exhibit their work throughout the building. School-wide "Gallery Walks" featuring integrated coached projects are unique to the program at Moore Square.  The concept of coaching is an integral part of the Paideia Principles. 

Our partnerships with museums provide us with unique opportunities for collaboration on special projects. The Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) conducts a program with a group of 6th graders every year examining Downtown Raleigh: Past, Present, Future.

In a typical school year we visit and partner with:

African American Cultural Complex


Burning Coal Theatre

Contemporary Art Museum

Joel Lane House

NC Capitol Building

NC Legislative Building

NC Museum of Art

NC Museum of History

NC Museum of Natural Science

NC State Archives -History of Raleigh Project

The Pope House

Raleigh City Museum

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