Humanities classes combine English/Language Arts and History/Social Studies skills in integrated units that offer students the chance to better understand the world in which they live, who they are, and what place they hold in the world. Students build skills in reading, writing, research, speaking, presenting, collaborating, and more.
Math: Typically, seventh graders take Pre-Algebra and eighth graders take Algebra 1. However, students may place into a different level depending on their background and math skills.
Science: Our two-year rotating curriculum includes introductions to astronomy, biology, chemistry, and physics, integrating coding into both years.
Language: Seventh graders take Introduction to Language. Eighth graders choose between French and Spanish.
Visual Arts: All seventh graders take Art 7 and all eighth graders take Design and Color. This latter course is a requirement for further electives in the visual arts department.
Performing Arts Courses: All seventh graders take one term each of Dance, Music, and Theatre. These courses are all open to eighth graders as electives, along with other choices which vary year to year.
Performing Groups and Opportunities: All middle schoolers may join Big Band, Chamber, Chorus, and Rock Band. They may also audition for the Middle School Vocal Ensemble which focuses on a cappella singing. Moreover, many Dance, Music, and Theatre courses culminate in performances, middle schoolers may audition for the Winter Play and join the drama club, and the afternoon Dance program regularly participates in shows including the final performance the night before graduation.
Leadership and life skills topics may be offered as a stand-alone course, integrated into Humanities and Science courses, and/or taught through class meetings. Additionally, the School Counselor meets twice a month with each Humanities class to work with students on identity and relationships.