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The Village School Houston: Private Middle School Curriculum

What is learning at Village’s Middle School?

Albert Einstein once said that learning is experience, everything else is just information. At The Village School we do not believe that worksheets foster a curious mind, we do not believe that textbooks alone can inspire creativity and enthusiasm, and we know that defining a student solely by their test scores belies their history, growth and potential. For that reason we are committed to creating hands-on, collaborative experiences. We integrate math and science with the creative ambitions of the arts. We strive to learn from our global family so that every brother and sister in our village is enabled to take part in our greater Culture of Champions. We believe that education requires the latest technology in the classroom while continuing to support our most basic, human needs: Respect and Community. Finally, we know that authentic education requires action and we are dedicated to giving back to our neighbors both here in Houston and around the world.

  • Middle School students working in Robotics

The Village Middle School is a vibrant and inspiring place. We take great pride in our student diversity, lauded faculty, and rigorous academic offerings that bring out the best in our kids. We are student-centered, Google Classroom based, and provide one-to-one access to Chromebooks and Macbooks.  Our courses balance an emphasis on practice and discipline with the development of 21st Century Skills through Project Based Learning and the use of technology. Our curriculum incorporates coding within academic courses. Our students prepare for high school and beyond through the development of advanced mathematics, reading, and writing skills. They hone their abilities for research and learn to communicate effectively, collaborate genuinely, and think creatively and critically. Team time electives allow students to broaden their horizons in areas such as public speaking, music and languages, robotics and community service. Our award winning teams such as Speech & Debate, Math & Science, Exploravision, and Scholastic Writing are state and nationally recognized.  Our robotics and coding programs allow our students to explore and create.  The Capturing Kids Hearts program emphasizes a whole-child approach to education through lessons of character development, leadership, and shared responsibility. Our message to our kids is that we care about who they are, and will help them discover and become who they want to be.

Middle School Curriculum

5th Grade:

Our Village 5th grade students begin their middle school journey with some of our most passionate and experienced teachers. Students join a house system with special colors, values, activities, and friends that will stay with them throughout their time here at Village. 
Our core academic offerings include Language Arts, Life, Earth and Physical Sciences, General Mathematics and Pre-Algebra, Ancient History, and Spanish or French as a Foreign Language. We also offer art, speech, robotics, newspaper, band, choir, orchestra, and drama classes as electives. Our Technology course helps learners become proficient in Google Apps for Education, and provides real-world experience accessing information online responsibly and effectively. Some highlights of our year are the Greek Day festival and our end-of-the year class trip which features hands-on learning experiences.

6th Grade:

6th grade is a year of new challenges and growth. Students will continue their studies of literature, grammar, reading and writing in Language Arts, and also have a variety of levels in mathematics, varying from general math to Algebra I. Students study medieval and modern European history and have a special Renaissance Festival at Newman’s Castle. Students can apply their scientific minds to studies of atoms, elements, bacteria, viruses and animal diversity and pitch creative scientific ideas in Exploravision. Electives include Spanish, French, Band, Choir, Orchestra, Speech/Debate, Robotics, Drama, Math Counts, Quiz Bowl, Technology, Geometry Preview, Art, Chess, Videography, Model UN, and many other clever offerings our talented teachers create. Students also compete in formal sports teams such as football, volleyball, basketball, soccer, cross-country, track, lacrosse and others. The end of the year trip is a fun-filled adventure to Mo Ranch, where students bond through group challenges, outdoor sports, and zany games. 

7th Grade:

Our 7th grade year continues to engage and challenge our Village students through exciting projects, national competitions, and deep critical thinking. Students study Shakespeare and create and present books of poetry in Language Arts. History students study Early American History and culminate the year with a trip to Boston where they experience first-hand where the American Revolution began. Science classes focus on geology and human biology, with projects that include small animal dissections and the National Exploravision Competition. Mathematics courses range from Pre-Algebra to Geometry for the more advanced students, and Math Counts and Math & Science competitions for the best of the best. Electives include Spanish, French, Band, Choir, Orchestra, Speech & Debate, Robotics, Drama, Math Counts, Quiz Bowl, Technology, Geometry Preview, Art, Chess, Videography, Model UN, and many others. Students also compete in formal sports teams such as football, volleyball, basketball, soccer, cross-country, track, and lacrosse. 

8th Grade:

8th grade is an important year of preparation for high school. Students gain more independence and personal responsibility over their work, and teachers put a greater emphasis on research, writing, and higher-level thinking skills. Language Arts classes delve deeper into writing styles, word meaning, literature, and cross-curricular connections. History classes study Early American History and culminate the year with a trip to Washington DC to learn more about our nation’s government and its foundations. Math options include Geometry, Algebra 1, and Algebra 2, and Science integrates physics and chemistry into a fascinating study of the forces that affect our world. Students can compete in national and international competitions in Model UN, Quiz Bowl, Speech & Debate, Math & Science, among others, and a wide variety of electives are available such as Spanish, French, Band, Choir, Orchestra, Speech/Debate, Robotics, Drama, Math Counts, Quiz Bowl, Technology, Geometry Preview, Art, Chess, and Videography. Students also compete in formal sports teams such as football, volleyball, basketball, soccer, cross-country, track, lacrosse and others. 

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