Academic Overview (Grades 6 -8)
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.