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American Heritage School

Middle School (Junior High)

Academic Overview (Grades 6 -8)

Middle school students in class

Math, reading, grammar, literature, social studies and science are the core subjects of the middle school curriculum. Through structured learning experiences, we strengthen and expand basic skills and advance the knowledge of science and social studies. Critical thinking skills become increasingly important at this level of study. Our goal is to thoroughly prepare our students for the four years of high school that lie ahead.

Students in sixth through eighth grades take two language arts classes each day. One class focuses on reading and literature, the other on written and oral communications. Students who qualify may elect to take honors English classes. Writing skills are emphasized across the curriculum. We believe this emphasis on language arts will help our students to become literate and articulate thinkers and writers. Our state-of-the-art computer labs and the library/media center are available for research. A full time research assistant is available to guide students through the Internet to valuable sources of information.

In math, students take a comprehensive general math course or advanced math courses determined by their math abilities. Students who successfully complete Algebra 1 and/or Geometry in middle school are awarded high school credit. At this level, students will take earth, life and physical science courses with laboratory experiences. Science labs are held in a new, well equipped lab complex. Our social studies curriculum is comprised of early world and United States history along with a full year of civics. Honors level courses are offered in math and science.

All students in the middle school are exposed to foreign language with choices of Mandarin Chinese, Spanish or French. Students who qualify are able to complete up to two years of high school credit in foreign language while still in middle school. Students are also able to take a variety of computer classes ranging from basic skills to advanced multi-media courses.

Enrichment courses are an important part of the middle school curriculum. Students choose two courses each year from an extensive list of options in performing arts, music, dance, visual arts and physical education. These classes provide our students with opportunities to explore their creative talents and develop as well-rounded individuals.

Faculty

All of our teachers are experienced and have an enthusiasm for working with adolescents. Teachers are fully certified in their subject areas. Enrichment class instructors are certified specialists in the areas they teach. Our low student- to-teacher ratios ensure that teachers have time to give every student the attention he or she needs to be successful. In addition, regular help sessions are scheduled on a weekly basis for students who need extra reinforcement of skills or new concepts. The faculty takes an interest in the physical, emotional and social development of students as they transition from lower school to high school. Many teachers take on additional responsibilities such as advising a club or coaching a sport. Students are actively encouraged to participate in sports and all school activities to further their own social and emotional growth.

Activities

There is a wide range of extracurricular clubs and activities available to sixth, seventh and eighth graders.

  • Builders’ Club (Community Service)
  • National Junior Honor Society
  • Student Government
  • Robotics Club
  • Junior Thespians
  • Pre-Law Society
  • Pre-Med Society
  • Blue, White and Green Team (Environmental Awareness)
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