Middle School Curriculum

Middle school is an exciting journey. Our faculty helps students feel safe during these critical years—comfortable to stretch and grow, both intellectually and socially. Small classes, together with assignments designed for diverse learning strengths, and a curriculum that stresses the process of learning, enable students to become self advocates and owners of their education.

Learn more about our philosophy of Intellectual Courage

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Our class size allows us to give personalized attention to each student, nurturing and challenging them simultaneously.

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Middle School students study math, science, Spanish, history, literature, cultures and geography in classes that are often linked across disciplines.

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An emphasis on the arts teaches students to express themselves in ways that build confidence and foster the habits of mind of artists.

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All Spanish language classes are taught in Spanish from the first day.

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Sixth graders build research and note taking skills and discover all of the choices they have in STEM fields during a two-week integrated science and Humanities unit. They chose a scientist or mathematician from ancient times to the present, gather research from several print and online databases, write an outline, complete a bibliography, and collaborate to write and perform a scene in which four people from diverse disciplines, time periods and nationalities sit down and converse over tea.

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Seventh graders grasp the impact of politics on indigenous cultures through our annual World Court Debates. Students flex their researching skills and, working in teams, represent France, England, Russia, Spain, and indigenous peoples vying for land rights to the Pacific Northwest territory in 1810. Students present opening statements, rebuttals, and closing statements, battling it out before their peers. The entire seventh grade evaluates the teams and votes on the winner.

Requirements

Each year, students are enrolled in courses in every academic department: Math, Science, Humanities and Modern Languages.

In addition, students take two classes in the Arts at all times and one class in Physical Education.

All students participate in Environment, helping to clean and maintain the school under the supervision of faculty and senior students.

Middle School Curriculum Guide