6th - 8th Grade
Middle school is a time of personal growth and discovery. Students have the skills to nurture their academic strengths and interests, exploring complex ideas in all subject areas. Building on previous knowledge and skills, children can apply higher-level thinking to reach beyond the classroom. They analyze and question the world around them, as they prepare for high-school, college and careers. Equipped with a solid moral and academic foundation, students are ready to succeed.
English Language Arts
English Language Arts
Children read and write across a variety of genres. Using higher-level thinking skills, students interpret meaning, draw conclusions and make inferences. They plan, write and edit stories, essays and research papers. With a solid foundation in grammar and usage, students begin to develop their unique voice and style. Thoughtful discussions provide children an opportunity to express opinions, ideas and critiques. Our school uses the Holt Reader © program to support instruction.
Students build skills to solve algebraic expression and functions. Studying geometry, children learn theories and patterns to apply to real-world objects. They build a strong foundation in data science, exploring probability and statistics. As these skills evolve, children learn to apply correct strategies to a variety of problems. We use Big Ideas Math © tools to support learning.
Children build on knowledge developed in early grades. Science instruction exposes students to more complexity in biology, life sciences, physics, Earth sciences and technology. Students cover topics like matter, energy, motion, technology, biological systems, Earth cycles, space and more. They can apply knowledge to better understand technologies they experience in their daily lives.
Children study civics, world regions, history, government and economics. Using critical thinking skills, they analyze complex issues that affect their communities and the world. Immersed in the continued study of American history, they understand their responsibilities as citizens and the values of American democracy.
Children study art, music, physical education and technology. We also offer electives to provide a well-rounded education.
Specialized Regents Classes
Middle school students can explore subjects at a deeper level and have the opportunity to expand their knowledge in these specialized regents classes.
Honors Common Core Algebra I is a full year Honors Level Course that emphasizes the Common Core and New York State standards in 8th grade Mathematics. Students will encounter challenging tasks that allow them to not only perform the functions of Algebra but prove and justify the concepts. Algebra I is a full year course that terminates in a Regents Examination.
The following is an overview of the topics that are covered in this course:
- Foundations of Algebra and Introduction to Equations
- Linear Inequalities
- Linear Functions
- Systems of Linear Equations
- Operations on Polynomials
- Factoring Polynomials/ Simplifying radical Expressions
- Solving Quadratic Equations
- Quadratic Functions
- Exponential Functions
- Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences
- Extending Functions- Absolute Value Functions, Square Roots Functions, Cubic Functions, Cubed Root Functions, Piecewise Functions, Step Functions
- Statistics and Interpreting Data
This full year course fulfills the NYS Living Environment Requirement and includes the 1200 minute NYS State required lab component. The course emphasizes an in depth understanding of major concepts rather than memorization of science facts.
Key topics covered in this course include:
- Characteristics of Living Systems
- Human Structure and Function
- Genetics and Mechanism of Inheritance
- Genetic Engineering
- Variation Adaptation Evolution
- Reproduction and Development
- Energy Pathways
- Disease and Homeostasis
- Biotic and Abiotic Interactions
- Technology and the Environment
U.S. History and Government
U.S. History and Government provides an in-depth political, economic, social and geographic study of America from colonial times to the present. The course is designed to help students deepen their understanding of United States history through the examination of major events, people, and themes. Through this preparation and course of study students will further develop writing and comprehension skills.
We're More than Academics
Strong hearts and minds impact the world in amazing ways. Virtues such as respect, perseverance, compassion, and courage are essential to what kids need to succeed and an essential part of what we teach. We make them part of every school day. This helps students learn the importance of making good decisions and doing the right thing in life. Moral Focus is so integrated into everything we do:
- We created a curriculum specifically around Moral Focus.
- We celebrate a “virtue of the month” every month.
- Our students create a class contract where students agree how to treat their teacher and each other.
- Students are recognized and celebrated for how they live out Moral Focus every day.
I love the emphasis on moral focus each month. Not only is my child receiving an education, but you are also teaching her qualities to be a good person.
Use good judgment to make decisions
Treat others the way you want to be treated
Appreciate the kindness and generosity of others
Manage your emotions and behavior to stay calm
Persist through difficulties until you reach your goal
Despite fear, do what you believe is right
Motivate others to have confidence in themselves
Help and care for others during times of need
Do what is right, honorable, and good