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Developing Passions.  Exploring New Areas of Potential Talents or Interests.

Middle School (Grades 6 – 8) learning opportunities are designed to develop strategic and flexible use of conceptual knowledge and skills as well as support transition towards greater independence and responsibility for engagement in the learning process.  Language Arts focuses on developing speaking, reading, and writing for academic purposes.  Mathematics focuses on extrapolating the concepts of numeracy to Algebra, expanding mathematical understandings and skill base in the areas of data representation and processing, geometry and probability.  Science focuses on the elements of a formal scientific investigation and on solidifying a fundamental knowledge base in physical and biological sciences.  Social Studies focus on developing research skills.  The roots of western civilization are the content/context focus in grade 6; kingdoms and empires of the ancient world are the focus in grade 7; and a study of Asia, emphasizing China, is the content/context focus in grade 8.

In addition to courses in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science, students must take an additional World Language, Physical Education and at least one form of Music.  Courses are scheduled by discipline, however, discipline-specific teachers work together to provide interdisciplinary learning opportunities.  Student growth and development is assessed as they engage collaborative works with a high degree of teacher oversight and individually oriented works with elements of independent latitude.  There is a strong emphasis on building capacity to use formative feedback to inform approaches to learning as well as the quality and sophistication of work produced.

Program Outline

Students take 8 Courses.

  1. English Language Arts
  2. Math
  3. Science
  4. Social Studies
  5. Physical Education or Dance
  6. World Language  (Mandarin, French, Spanish, or Dutch*)
  7. Music Class (Choir, Band, Guitar, Drums, Wind Inst…)
  8. Elective

-Students will also have Advisory periods.

*Dutch is currently only available to Dutch nationals in 6th grade in HQ and PD.

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