The Middle School curriculum exposes all students to core subjects, including math, language arts, science, social studies, foreign language, and physical education; additionally, students choose an area for fine arts exploration. The Program of Study covers detailed course descriptions of the Middle School curriculum. Further, teachers provide class agendas via email that provide focus questions, class work, and homework. As such, all students can adhere to the course schedule at all times.
Sixth Grade “Opening the Book”
This allows students to transition to Middle School by owning their learning and realizing that it is their book to open. Teachers help students learn how to learn, find their organizational techniques, understand how to manage time, and use study skills. In all subjects, students will learn what a valuable resource a book is, and come to learn that learning is a way of life. Reading is the focal point of all studies, with assignments focused on comprehension and reader’s response. At year end, Sixth Graders use books to convey their progress from the entire year, symbolizing their learning, and how they’ve developed as a middle school student.
Seventh Grade “Writing my Story”
The curriculum in Seventh Grade gives “voice” to the students, as they discover why things are the way they are. Students will figure out who they are with regard to learning, complete multiple intelligences inventories, and make connections from learning to life. Teachers can provide presentation opportunities such as Environmental Day and Garden Festival to give students hands-on learning experience. At year end, Seventh Graders present their portfolios to the faculty, as representation of their Seventh Grade learning.
Eighth Grade “Turning a Page”
Students begin “turning a page” into a new chapter in their lives. They learn to take on leadership roles as the top grade in middle school, and they begin preparing for high school. Curriculum focuses on students “taking a stand” on issues, learning to develop logical arguments, and refining presentation skills. At year end, students present their “Turning a Page” projects to a faculty panel, demonstrating what they’ve learned as Eighth Graders.