Middle School

Curriculum by Grade

Grade 6

Humanities: Focus on acceptance through understanding of other cultures

Language arts
  • Writing Workshop
  • Reading Workshop
  • Daily Grammar Practice
  • Poetry
  • Short Stories
  • Novels
  • Memoirs
  • Legends
  • Folktales
  • Independent Reading
Social studies
  • World Geography
  • Geography Skills
  • China
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Latin America
  • Chinese Artist-in-Residence
  • African Drumming and Dance Residency International Festival

Math

Math 6 is a concentrated review and consolidation course. Students may be allowed to move to higher level courses based on placement testing.


Science
  • Laboratory Skills
  • Scientific Process
  • Matter
  • Cells and Cell Structure
  • Nervous and Reproductive Systems
  • Genetics
  • Periodic Table
  • Forensics
  • Healthy Life Choices

World Languages
French 6 or Spanish 6: Oral comprehension and speaking skills developed through an interactive approach for meaningful communication.


Physical Education
  • Focus on Fitness and Team Building Through Aerobic Activities
  • Weight Training
  • Lifetime Sports
  • Team Sports
  • Hawks Quest Challenge Course
  • Intramurals

Enrichment
  • Study Skills
  • Library Skills
  • Research Skills
  • Media Literacy
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Emotional Intelligence Skills
  • Public Speaking
  • Drama
  • Technology Skills

Art
  • Drawing
  • Painting with Watercolor and Silk Paints
  • Photography,
  • Ceramics
  • Mixed Media
  • Metalwork

Music
  • Band
  • Chorus for boys
  • Chorus for girls
  • Orchestra

Grade 7

English
Focus on Heroic Journey

  • Writing Process
  • Formal vs. Informal Writing
  • Multi-Genre Writing
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary Development
  • Mythology
  • Poetry
  • Novels
  • Biographies
  • Everyday Hero Oral Presentations
  • Book Buddy Project
  • Independent Reading

Social Studies
  • Mesopotamia
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Ancient India
  • Ancient Greece
  • Ancient Rome

Math
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Advanced Pre-Algebra

(Students are allowed to move to higher level math courses based on performance.)


Science
  • Scientific Process,
  • Coastlands Ecology
  • Marine Organisms
  • Meteorology
  • Energy and Energy Transfer
  • Chemistry
  • Body Systems
  • Disease/Disorder Presentation
  • Cardboard Boat Regatta


World and classical languages
  • French 7 and Spanish 7: Speaking, listening, writing, and reading skills are developed through an interactive approach for meaningful communication.
  • Introduction to Latin: Introduction to some of the grammatical and cultural topics in the study of Latin.

(Students may move to a higher level language course when recommended by the current language teacher.)


Physical Education/Health
  • Focus on Fitness and Team Building through Aerobic Activities
  • Weight Training
  • Lifetime Sports
  • Team Sports
  • Hawks Quest Challenge Course
  • Intramurals
  • Emotional Intelligence Skill Building


Electives

Art
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Printmaking
  • Collage
  • Photography

Music
  • Band
  • Chorus for Boys
  • Chorus for Girls
  • Orchestra

Drama
  • Improvisation
  • Theater Games
  • Pantomime
  • Script Reading
  • Monologues
  • Partner Scenes and Group Scenes

Engineering Technology for Girls
  • 3D Design and Printing
  • 2D Design and Laser Cutting
  • 2D Design and Vinyl Cutting
  • Electrical Circuits and Soldering
  • Basic Programming
  • Competitive Design Challenges
  • “Serving Others” Project
  • Demonstration of Understanding Through Digital Portfolio

Engineering Technology for Boys
  • 3D Design and Printing
  • 2D Designing and Laser Cutting
  • Electrical Circuit Design and Soldering
  • Bridge Building
  • Foundations of Flight
  • Robotics and Basic Programming
  • Competitive Design Challenges
  • Demonstration of Understanding Through Digital Portfolio


Reading/Study Skills

Reading Comprehension Strategies
  • Organizational Skills
  • Test Preparation
  • Time Management
  • Homework Completion

Leadership through Public Speaking
  • Research
  • Organization,
  • Speaking
  • Listening with a Focus on Famous Leaders in History

Grade 8

English
Focus on Hardships as Opportunities for Growth

  • Composition
  • Reading Comprehension Strategies
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary Development
  • Selected Shakespeare
  • Introduction to Genre
  • Odyssey Essays
  • Holocaust
  • Civil Rights

History
  • Federal Government and the Political System
  • Rights and Responsibilities of Citizens in a Democracy
  • Supreme Court Oral Presentations
  • Monumental Events Project
  • Mock Trials
  • Political Cartoon Drawings

Math
  • Introductory Algebra
  • Algebra I-A, Algebra
  • Advanced Algebra
  • Geometry

(Advanced students may take Upper School math courses.)


Science
  • Earth Science
  • Geology
  • Dendrology
  • Volcanoes
  • Topographic Maps
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Natural Disasters

World and Classical Languages
  • French 8
  • Spanish 8
  • Introductory Latin
  • French I
  • Spanish I
  • Latin I

(Students may take language courses in the Upper School based on evidence of proficiency.)


Physical Education/Health
  • Focus on Fitness and Team Building Through Aerobic Activities
  • Weight Training
  • Lifetime Sports
  • Team Sports
  • Leadership Development
  • Choosing the Best Journey
  • Emotional Intelligence Skill Building


Electives

Art
Focus on independent projects in:
  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Sculpture
  • Mixed Media
  • Photography
  • Digital Art

Music
  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Orchestra

Drama
  • Musical Theater
  • Monologues
  • Partner and Group Scenes
  • Singing
  • Choreography
  • Musical Theater History
  • Audition Skills

Engineering Technology for Girls
  • Prototyping
  • Simulating
  • Evaluating Models
  • 3D Design and Printing
  • Vinyl Cutting and Laser Cutting
  • Electronics and Soldering
  • Physical Computing and Programming
  • Whole Group Community Project
  • Demonstration of Understanding Through Digital Portfolio

Engineering Technology for Boys
  • 3D Design and Printing
  • 2D Design with Laser and Vinyl Cutting
  • Casting and Molding
  • Electronics and Soldering
  • Architectural Design and Building
  • Flight and Rockets
  • Physical Computing and Programming
  • Demonstration of Understanding Through Digital Portfolio

Programming
  • C++ and Python Fundamentals
  • Game Programming
  • Robotics

Leadership through Public Speaking
  • Research
  • Organization
  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Focus on Famous Leaders in History

Writing Workshop
Essential traits of clear and effective writing with focus on:
  • Generating Ideas
  • Organization
  • Strong Thesis Statements
  • Voice
  • Word Choice
  • Sentence Fluency and Variety
  • Grammatical Conventions


Grade 7 & 8 Electives

Grade 7 Electives

Art
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Printmaking
  • Collage
  • Photography

Music
  • Band
  • Chorus for Boys
  • Chorus for Girls
  • Orchestra

Drama
  • Improvisation
  • Theatre Games
  • Pantomime
  • Script Reading
  • Monologues
  • Partner Scenes and Group Scenes

Engineering for Girls
  • 3D Design and Printing
  • 2D Design and Laser Cutting
  • Electrical Circuits and Soldering
  • Analysis of Loads and Forces
  • “Serving Others” Project

Engineering for Boys
  • 3D Design and Printing
  • 2D Designing and Laser Cutting
  • Electrical Circuit Design and Soldering
  • Bridge Building
  • Foundations of Flight
  • Robotics and Basic Programming
  • Competitive Design Challenges
  • Digital Portfolio Demonstrations


Reading & Study Skills
  • Reading Comprehension Strategies
  • Organizational Skills
  • Test Preparation
  • Time Management
  • Homework Completion

Leadership through Public Speaking
  • Research
  • Organization
  • Speaking
  • Listening with a Focus on Famous Leaders in History

Grade 8 Electives

Art
Focus on independent projects in:
  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Sculpture
  • Mixed Media
  • Photography
  • Digital Art

Music
  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Orchestra

Drama
  • Musical Theater
  • Monologues
  • Partner and Group Scenes
  • Singing
  • Choreography
  • Musical Theater History
  • Audition Skills

Engineering for Boys
  • Advanced 3D Design and Printing
  • 2D Design with Laser and Vinyl Cutting
  • Casting and Molding
  • Advanced Electronics and Soldering
  • Architectural Design and Building
  • Advanced Flight and Rockets
  • Physical Computing and Programming

Engineering for Girls
  • Prototyping
  • Simulating
  • Evaluating Models
  • 3D Design
  • Printing
  • Laser Cutting
  • Electrical Circuit Design
  • Soldering

Programming
  • C++ and Python Fundamentals
  • Game Programming
  • Robotics

Leadership through Public Speaking
  • Research
  • Organization
  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Focus on Famous Leaders in History

Writing Workshop
Essential traits of clear and effective writing with focus on:
  • Generating Ideas
  • Organization
  • Strong Thesis Statements
  • Voice
  • Word Choice
  • Sentence Fluency and Variety
  • Grammatical Conventions