Middle School

Now is the time to push the boundaries of exploration and innovation, while expanding on the capacity for critical thinking.

The academic rigor of subjects increases significantly as students dive into subjects like Physics, Chemistry, and Geometry. Students take on growing personal responsibility in their classwork while learning time management skills to balance school work with extracurricular activities.

Middle School meets the student on the cusp of adolescence, as they begin to experience a new feeling of weight and gravity in their bodies. It is crucial for them to feel themselves standing firmly on the earth. Now is their time to think beyond themselves with a fearless need to question and explore.

Curriculum by Grade

6th Grade

Science & Mathematics

  • Geology and Mineralogy
  • Astronomy
  • Physics
  • Mechanical/Mathematical Geometry
  • Business Math

Language Arts

  • Independent writing
  • Grammar
  • Topic statements, rough drafts, and editing
  • Book reports and research papers/presentations
  • Weekly spelling/vocabulary tests
  • Complex memorization of lines and actions for parts in the class play

History & Geography

  • Ancient Rome: Monarchy, Republic, Empire and Fall
  • Founding of Christianity and Islam
  • The Crusades
  • Medieval Life in Europe
  • South American or European Geography

Art

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Sculptural Modeling

World Languages

  • Alternating 6-week blocks of Spanish & German

Handwork

  • Pattern making and Sewing: conceive and create a stuffed animal
  • Translation from 2-D flat pattern to 3-D handmade object

Music

  • Band or Orchestra
  • Recorder and Singing
  • Tenor & Alto Recorder
  • Music Literacy
  • 5th/6th Grade Chorus

Drama

  • 6th Grade Play: story from the history curriculum

Gym & Eurythmy

  • Gym continues training in movement for balance, agility, strength & coordination
  • Eurythmy explores movement to music & poetry

Field Trips & Community Events

  • Caving: Geology and Mineralogy Trip
    • Three days in southern Illinois, exploring sinkholes, crawl caves and cavern showrooms

7th Grade

Science & Mathematics

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Human Physiology
  • Geometry
  • Introduction to Algebra

Language Arts

  • Essays, Expository Writing, Research Papers
  • Reading and Writing
  • Poetry
  • Grammar Skills
  • Independent and group reading of class-assigned fiction
  • Book Reports
  • Take notes out of a lecture review, write rough drafts, proofread material, edit and transcribe final revisions

History & Geography

  • Renaissance, the Age of Discovery & the Reformation
  • Geography of Africa and South America

Art

  • Painting
  • Clay Modeling
  • Perspective Drawing
  • Freehand Drawing

World Languages

  • Alternating 6-week blocks of Spanish and German

Handwork

  • Pattern making and Sewing
  • Conceive and create garments including translation from 2-D flat pattern to 3-D hand-crafted apparel

Music

  • Band or Orchestra
  • Recorders and singing with class teacher
  • Students sing in combined chorus

Drama

  • 7th Grade Play: Builds on the curriculum, often based on a historical figure, such as Queen Elizabeth I
  • Individual speaking parts

Gym & Eurythmy

  • Team Sports for strategic collaboration, teamwork & coordination
  • Eurythmy explores movement to music & poetry

Field Trips & Community Events

  • Adventure Challenge: High Ropes Course
    • Three to four day trip to a camp in Wisconsin
    • Opportunity to take challenging physical risks in a secure, safe environment

8th Grade

Science & Mathematics

  • Physics: Hydraulics, Aeromechanics & Electromagnetism
  • Chemistry: sugars, starches, proteins, fats & oils
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Mechanical/Mathematical Geometry

Language Arts

  • Creative Thinking and Critical Reasoning
  • Essay and Research Report Writing
  • Poetry and Short Story Analysis and Writing
  • Independent Reading and Advanced Literacy
  • Oral Presentation
  • Vocabulary Development & Grammar

History & Geography

  • Major historical and cultural movements from the American Revolution to the modern day
  • Global perspective surveys of land forms oceans, atmosphere, climates and ecosystems

World Languages

  • Alternating 6-week blocks of Spanish and German

Handwork

  • Woodworking
  • Sewing

Art

  • Painting
  • Clay Modeling
  • Drawing

Music

  • Band or Orchestra
  • Recorders and singing with class teacher
  • 7th/8th Grade Chorus

Drama

  • 8th Grade Play
    • Past performances have included musicals, Shakespeare play, or a well-known classic
  • High production values and total class participation in set building/painting, costume design

Gym & Eurythmy

  • Team Sports for strategic collaboration, teamwork & coordination
  • Parkour
  • Breakdancing
  • Eurythmy explores movement to music & poetry

Field Trips & Community Events

  • Colorado Tableau: Southwest Desert trip
    • One week of river rafting, hiking, exploring a cliff dwellers village
    • Students engage in active community service on a Native American reservation