Sixth graders look at the life of Jesus as told through the four Gospels in the Christian New Testament.
Middle School Curriculum
Block schedule, basic requirements
Seventh Grade Religion takes an in-depth look at the books that make up the majority of the New Testament, the Epistles.
Eighth Grade Religion investigates the core beliefs of the Christian tradition by reading Alister McGrath’s book titled, “I Believe.”
This semester-long course focuses on the basic elements and principles of art while incorporating art history, appreciation, and self expression.
This course is designed to be a progression from beginner level art.
A yearlong course for a more in-depth study of the elements and principles of art with a greater emphasis on technique and overall composition.
Students in this course will learn the basics of an instrument, how to read music, and play various musical styles with your fellow students.
This class introduces advanced techniques, more challenging music, and a deeper dive into music.
This one-semester course focuses on storytelling.
Students in this course will develop an understanding of the history of theatre, and how performances have changed over the centuries.
Students will focus on vocal and physical choices that make a solid performance.
The main area of study is Earth Science, gaining knowledge of processes that shape the earth and affect our daily lives.
Focusing on topics related to Earth and Space, students explore the interconnections between land, ocean, atmosphere and outer space.
Students study several time periods, beginning with Westward Expansion and the Civil War and finishing in the present.
Students identify varying geographical locations and features around the world, and the history of these civilizations.
Eighth graders explore the Medieval World after the fall of the Roman Empire through the Renaissance and Protestant Reformation.
Students begin to build basic vocabulary necessary to navigate the Spanish classroom.
Students continue to work in the present tense while adding irregular verbs.
More complex grammar is added such as reflexive verbs and working in the past tense.
An introductory Latin course for seventh graders, students build fundamental language arts skills with English as they begin their study of the ancient language.
Eighth graders in Latin 8 build depth with their grammatical knowledge in both English and Latin.
A course designed for students who join the Middle School in Eighth Grade who haven't taken the Latin 7 course.
Fundamentals of Pre-Algebra is an intermediate course between sixth grade mathematics and Pre-Algebra.
Students will delve into essential operations with integers, fractions, decimals, and percents.
Geometry introduces the study of points, segments, triangles, polygons, circles and their associated relationships as a mathematical system.
Algebra 1 prepares students for Upper School mathematics.
While reading comprehension skills are a priority, students also begin to develop their analytical skills through the practice of close reading and annotation.
This course focuses on developing critical thinking and writing skills, using as literary inspiration Greek mythology, the Iliad and Odyssey, as well as novels and poetry.
This course further develops academic writing skills with a focus on short papers leading up to a research paper.
Age-appropriate development of both gross motor skills, teamwork and sport-specific skill instruction.
Middle School students have various electives to choose from, including Fine Arts selections, STEM-related courses, and humanity classes.
Choir may be taken all year or by semester.
As students continue to hone in on their study skills and their learning style, students will learn additional techniques and incorporate them into their work through this class.
Leadership focuses on leadership, peer relationships, problem-solving, goal setting and public speaking.