Philip’s Academy Charter School’s (PACS) upper school (grades 5-8) is undergoing tremendous change and growth. During adolescence children experience major physical, emotional, psychological, and intellectual changes in their transition from childhood. Young people need special attention and opportunities, open communities. PACS Upper school students, like other 10-14-year-old children, are curious, caring, loyal, passionate, and energetic as they begin to take on a greater interest in their peers and to explore their role in the world.