Middle 7th & 8th
Students will work in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics in the morning and Science and Social Studies in the afternoons. Our ELA and Math classes will focus on advanced topics and skills while integrating creative and critical thinking. Interdisciplinary projects that are real-world and relevant will be included in the coursework. Students will demonstrate higher-level learning by writing across subject areas, demonstrating computer and graphing calculator proficiency, collaboration with others, participation/integration with arts and STREAM learning opportunities! Students will have a variety of "Specials." Our curricular resources are carefully chosen as we have many students that are younger enrolled in these middle grades classes. Students must bring a laptop that has Microsoft Suite and a Google account.
1:15 Social Studies
2:15 Study Hall / Projects
Students are accepted based on readiness, not age. They must meet a reading level Lexile of 800 or guided reading level S or higher. Please contact us if you need help making this easy determination before registering. If your child is not at this level, please look into our advanced elementary level classes for rapid acceleration.
We will focus on a pedagogy that cultivates the students’ ability to problem solve and think critically. We will focus on the development of the Five Pillars of Education: Content Mastery, School Climate, Operations, Environmental and Sustainable (Life-Long) Learning, and Innovation.
Our instruction style is multi-modal, hands-on instruction. We encourage self-motivated learners who are able to examine/scrutinize, decide relevancy, draw conclusions and explain connectedness in conclusions.
At the end of our middle grades program, our students will be prepared for classes advanced placement, advanced content, or dual-enrollment. The foundations for college placement testing will be covered in English and Math.
English Language Arts
ELA is comprised of these components:
Grammar, the mechanics of the language,
Written Expression, the art of communicating through the written word,
Composition, the art of structuring the written word, and
Reading, understanding and analysis of the literature assigned.
Grammar will converge on unlocking the usage of the language that forms inherent patterns through investigation of diagrams, as well as constructing diagrams and recognition of the overarching patterns the diagrams represent.
Written Expression diverges between creative and analytic writing. Composition instruction will move beyond the formulaic and toward purposeful use of strategies. We encourage the students toward complex thought processes, including rational, skeptical, and unbiased analysis or evaluation of evidence and the inclusion of these in the writing process through making connections : text- to-text, text-to-world, and text-to-self, etc.
Readings are drawn from both the canonistic literature and modern literature that is within the appropriate Lexile and subject matter that is well-suited to the students' needs. Students will have out of class reading to ensure that they have the capacity to use other works for comparison to in class readings.
7th graders are offered Pre-Algebra.
operations with rational numbers
expressions and equations
ratios and proportional relationships
8th graders are offered Algebra I. (Available SY 23-24)
transformations, congruence, and similarity
geometric applications of exponents
linear models and tables
solving systems of equations
Students will learn how to use their graphing calculators with proficiency, downloading lessons and apps from a computer, and uploading to a computer. They will need the Microsoft Suite loaded on a laptop as well as a TI-84 Plus graphing calculator.
Math students must know their multiplication facts from 0 to 12 before class begins or will be required to attend tutoring until they are mastered. They must be able to produce the answer fluently by using only memorization and not additive techniques such as skip counting.
Science / Social Studies
Students will participate in Science or Social Studies by grade level each semester to allow for more intensive studies. Vocabulary and research will be a strong focus of these courses. Social Studies will have utilize projects and Science will have hand-on learning opportunities.
Our students will participate in a variety of engaging learning extensions designed to extend learning and provide interactive learning with their classmates. The Special Schedule will be published for each quarter with each weekday having a different class. Subjects are scheduled based on the availbility of our teachers to ensure we can bring in the expertise that we desire and have a broad variety of ways to learn for middle schoolers to explore.