The Middle School curriculum is designed to cultivate each of our students’ unique interests and talents, as well as to prepare them for future academic success. Our rigorous academic program is supplemented with a full fine arts curriculum, physical education classes, service learning projects, co-curricular activities and numerous student leadership opportunities. Small class sizes and a dynamic advisory system ensure that our students’ academic and developmental needs are carefully accommodated as they tackle increasingly challenging course loads. Upon entering the ninth grade, our students share an enthusiasm for learning; they are highly literate, able to compute easily and accurately, and are independent thinkers and enthusiastic collaborators.
The following list of courses is presented to give a general view of the academic program offered in the Middle School.
Grade 5—Students develop a broad range of skills that prepare them for success in Middle School and beyond. Fifth graders balance a full schedule of English, reading, math, science, history, Spanish/Prima Lingua, technology, physical education, art/shop, theater, band, chorus or orchestra classes. Students also learn to type in our online Typing Club Program.
Grade 6—Students take classes in math, science, language arts, history, foreign language (French/Mandarin), technology, physical education, theater, music, band, chorus or orchestra. Sixth graders also complete lessons in our online Typing Club Program.
Grade 7—Students balance a full schedule of English, math, science, history, foreign language (French, Latin, Mandarin or Spanish), digital citizenship, health, art/shop, theater and athletics, as well as band, chorus or orchestra. Seventh graders also participate in a disABILITIES program that is designed to increase student awareness of those with physical, mental and cognitive disabilities.
Grade 8—The last year of Middle School prepares students for a successful transition to Upper School and beyond. Eighth graders continue to take classes in English, math, science, history, foreign language (French, Latin, Mandarin or Spanish), technology and production, health, theater, music, art and athletics. Upon entering ninth grade, our students are well-equipped to excel in a rigorous new academic environment.