Sixth Grade Courses:
Our 6th Grade English classes are designed to develop students’ writing, comprehension, and grammatical skills. Through the reading of quality literature, current event publications, and frequent journaling, students are encouraged to reflect on their reading through clear written communication. Our goal is to equip the students for Upper School and College by setting a strong foundation in critical thinking through reading and writing.
Sixth Grade- Mathematics
This course is designed to help students strengthen mathematical practices by using the number system, by understanding ratios, by applying arithmetic to algebraic expressions, by summarizing distributions, and by solving geometric problems involving area, surface area, and volume. This curriculum is aligned with ACT/College Readiness Standards and provides hands-on activities, lecture, and practice to enhance student learning.
Sixth Grade- Science
This course is designed to give students an understanding of the physical and chemical processes on and around Earth. The first semester focuses on the solar system’s structure, the influences of the sun and moon, heat, Earth’s hydrosphere, and the resources on Earth. The second semester will give students an overview of Earth’s atmosphere, weather patterns, catastrophic events, and the geosphere. Students will be exposed to various engineering and experimental challenges through a combination of lab work, fieldwork, and hands-on application. Students will be required to read about current events, write laboratory reports, and research as they relate to Earth Science.
Sixth Grade- Social Studies
In Sixth Grade Social Studies we explore many Ancient Civilizations of the World. Students learn about ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, India and many others. As part of our studies, we create maps of these ancient places, look into their cultural differences, and how their technology advanced over time. Students use timelines, geography map skills and technology to explore these vast cultures.
Seventh Grade Courses:
Seventh Grade- English
By embracing technology for research and production purposes, this course generates the most effective literacy experience. Grammar, vocabulary and writing run concurrently with literature and novel-based units incorporating various activities such as projects, essays, and oral presentation as well as attending live productions of plays.
Seventh Grade- Pre-Algebra
This “flipped classroom” course encompasses the exploration of a variety of mathematical vocabulary, usage, mechanics, problem solving, and algebraic thinking activities to generate the most beneficial balanced mathematical problem solving experience. The student will be able to apply mathematical problem solving to other subject areas and real-world examples. They will extend their knowledge of arithmetic thinking to include algebraic concepts. Acquire and use new algebraic vocabulary within assignments and improve computational skills. Students will also be able to give and understand meanings to algebraic concepts.
Seventh Grade- Science
This course is designed to give students an understanding of the living world. The first semester focuses on the characteristics of life and cell structure and function. The second semester will give students an overview of the biological world beginning with the most primitive kingdoms and ending with the most advanced. Students will be exposed to various organisms through a combination of experimental work, technological presentations, and data driven research. Students will be required to read about current events, write laboratory reports, and research practical applications to the issues facing the biological community today.
Seventh Grade- Social Studies World Geography
This course offers the study and exploration of Physical and Human Geography. The study is accomplished through the five themes of geography: location, place, human interaction with the environment, movement, and regions. Through the use of technology, mapping skills, projects and collaborative learning, students gain an enriched understanding of how geography has affects our world historically, economically, politically, and culturally.
Eighth Grade Courses:
Eighth Grade- English
By using various activities involving grammar usage and mechanics, vocabulary, literature, and composition, this course will generate the most effective literacy experience. Grammar, vocabulary, and writing run concurrently with literature and novel-based units. Technology is embraced while incorporating various activities such as projects, essays, oral presentation and attending live productions of plays.
Eighth Grade- Algebra I
This “flipped classroom” course encompasses the exploration of a variety of algebraic concepts, vocabulary, mechanics, problem solving, and algebraic thinking activities to generate the most beneficial, balanced algebraic experience. Students will connect mathematical problem solving to other subject areas and real-world examples. They will extend their knowledge of algebraic reasoning while utilizing algebraic vocabulary within assignments.
Eighth Grade- Science
Physical Science is a combination of two branches of science—Chemistry and Physics. Chemistry is the study of the properties, composition, structure, and interactions of matter. Physics is the study of the relationship between matter and energy. The course provides an overview of common strands in physical science including, but not limited to, the nature of matter, laws of energy, matter, motion and forces, and energy transformation. The student works conceptually to develop an understanding of the concepts of conservation of matter, conservation of energy, physical change, chemical change, motion, forces, and energy transformation.
Eighth Grade- Social Studies American History
Students explore the history of the U.S. from the early colonial period through Reconstruction. Students also examine American beliefs and principles, including limited government, checks and balances, federalism, separation of powers, and individual rights, reflected in the U.S. Constitution and other historical documents. During in depth topical studies, students are provided opportunities to enhance their critical and creative thinking skills, oral and written communication, and showcase their mastery by completing an independent capstone project for the 8th Grade Wax Museum.
Physical Education courses for grades 6-8 are designed to encourage the development of each student’s strength, endurance, flexibility, coordination and sportsmanship. Within vigorous activities, students learn cooperation and creativity while focusing on skill development and lifelong wellness.
- PE is a yearlong course that utilizes small group instruction divided by gender.
- Students in seventh and eighth grade dress out for class.
- Student fitness levels are assessed throughout the school year by utilizing tech-integrated fitness bands.
Exploratory French (Semester Course)
This course offers introduction and cultural awareness of the French-speaking world and its people. Students explore the fundamentals of the language and French culture. The purpose of this course is to expose students to languages that they might want to take in middle or high school.
Exploratory Italian (Semester Course)
This introductory course offers students a taste of the Italian culture, geography, and the mastery of basic vocabulary and grammatical structures. Some of the areas covered by the course include: greetings, classroom, objects, commands, numbers, foods, colors, weather, etc. The purpose of this course is to expose students to languages that they might want to take in middle or high school.
French I – (8th grade only-credit course)
This course offers an in depth study of the French language and cultural awareness of the French-speaking world and its people. Students develop an extensive vocabulary, usage skills, communication skills, and listening/comprehension skills. Proficiency is developed through immersion and analysis of the language.
Italian I – (8th grade only-credit course)
Students are acclimated to the romantic language of Italian through simple, everyday expressions. The course emphasizes an appreciation of the Italian culture. Gradual introduction of new vocabulary and verb conjugations help the students to enlarge their speaking ability and understanding.
Spanish I – (8th grade only-credit course)
This course offers a hands on immersive study of the Spanish language and culture. Students develop an extensive vocabulary, usage skills, communication skills, and listening/comprehension skills. As students experience and learn new vocabulary, they hear stories with the vocabulary for comprehension, they read the stories for more comprehension practice, and eventually they start to speak about the stories and
themselves, in Spanish.
Elective Enrichment Courses:
Media Arts (Semester Course)
This course is designed to allow each student to explore and produce a variety of media, techniques and methods. Projects focus on introducing and developing the elements of art (line, form, color, value, texture) and principles of design (balance, variety, harmony, emphasis). Understanding and appreciation of self and others through art history, culture, and heritage is emphasized.
Concert Choir/Show Choir (Semester Course)
These performance-based courses provide students with a variety of musical activities and experiences that develop the skills of singing, listening, reading music, and performing. The course provides opportunities for growth in understanding the following musical elements: rhythm, melody, form or design, tempo, dynamics, timbre or tone color, harmony, and style.
- Semester I- students perform in select choral concerts
- Semester II- students perform in a cabaret-style performance
Drama (Semester Course)
This course introduces students to the basic concepts of theatre arts. Students will use various creative drama techniques to build confidence and trust, stimulateimagination, express themselves creatively while exploring improvisation, pantomime, storytelling, Shakespeare, and selected plays. Throughout the semester there will be opportunities for students to showcase their talents.
Digital Communication & Keyboarding (Semester Course)
Intermediate students learn and master the proper techniques of keyboarding to prepare them for use of laptops and keyboards in Intermediate and High School. Students in this course will gain proficiency in typing essays and digital school assignments. We also explore the uses of blogging, word processing, and formatting to aid them in all of their classes.
Personal Finance (Semester Course)
This course will provide a foundational understanding for making informed personal financial decisions. Real world topics covered will include income, money management, spending and credit, as well as saving and investing. Students will simulate the use of checking and saving accounts, demonstrate knowledge of finance, debt, and credit management, and evaluate and understand insurance and taxes.