In Middle School, students assume greater responsibility for their learning and their community. Students interact with teachers, classmates, and administrators learning to manage their time, advocate for themselves, work towards a goal, and be part of a team. Each Middle School student is provided with a Chromebook allowing them to organize assignments, create projects, communicate with faculty and students, and access information and ideas from around the world. Middle School students are leaders within the school community, conducting the monthly Meeting for Business, organizing extra-curricular activities and fundraisers, providing tours for prospective families, and helping younger students. In Middle School, students develop the academic, organizational and social skills needed to become successful high school students.
Mastering the usage of our language is essential to success in school and beyond. The Middle School Literacy curriculum is a blend of writing, reading and literature. Students read engaging books to promote fluency and comprehension. Decoding strategies, spelling patterns and word study enable students to learn to read and spell longer and more complicated words. Students refine their grammar skills in the context of crafting written responses to literature, blogging and essay writing. An emphasis is placed on self and peer evaluations with an eye toward effective revision strategies. Throughout, vocabulary development is emphasized.
Making Math Real®
This is an innovative, research-based program that integrates key cognitive development such as symbol imaging, detail analysis, and sequence processing within every lesson. Instruction is delivered through three processing modalities: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic-motoric.
Saxon Math is a comprehensive researched based program that teaches concepts incrementally in a systematic and sequential approach allowing for "continual practice and review, and cumulative assessment." Complex concepts are broken down into smaller chunks making it easier for students to learn. Each increment builds on earlier increments, leading students to a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts. Problem solving is heavily embedded throughout the program with strategies and tools taught for success.
In Middle School, 7th-grade students build on their understanding of numbers and focus on decimals, fractions and integers. The students work with algebraic symbols and begin formulating generalizations and representing mathematical situations. Geometric shapes are investigated, measured, compared and classified. Students collect, evaluate and make inferences based on real data.
The 8th grade program develops the student’s ability to examine and communicate situations in mathematical terms and make reasonable predictions. Students expand their understanding of rational and real numbers, represent and analyze linear functions, use spatial reasoning and apply geometric ideas. Students learn to analyze, consolidate and communicate their thinking through explanation or mathematical argument.
In Middle School, students study American History, from its earliest peoples through modern times. Exploring how America has developed and changed, students collaborate on projects, presentations and reenactments to gain a deeper understanding of significant events, individuals and documents that have shaped our nation. Students learn to read and interpret primary sources in addition to textbooks and narratives. Teachers help students develop academic writing skills necessary for success in the content areas in high school.
In 7th grade, students learn about: Native American life, colonization, the birth of the nation, establishing a government, westward expansion, and the Civil War. Eighth grade topics include: the Industrial Revolution, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, civil rights, Vietnam, space exploration, the internet age, and 9/11.
Science / STEM
The Middle School Science curriculum is inquiry based. Students learn scientific concepts and skills, using technology, engineering and math (STEM). There is a strong emphasis on hands-on investigations and students engage in collaborative projects and and design activities to provide an understanding of the applications of science in the modern world.