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.
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English Language Arts
English Language Arts
Students read and write across a variety of genres in middle school. In literature seminar, students use higher-level critical thinking skills to track theme development, draw conclusions, and make inferences. Teachers facilitate thoughtful discussions around texts and provide students an opportunity to express opinions, ideas, and critiques. In writing, students plan, write, and edit stories, essays, poems, and research papers. With a solid foundation in grammar and usage, students also begin to develop their own unique voice and style. Our teachers model every part of the writing process to set students up for success with their work.
In middle school students are invited to engage with mathematics through a problem-based curriculum. Critical thinking skills are developed as students analyze, process, discuss and solve real world and mathematical problems. Students will build a strong foundation in both algebraic thinking and data science and expand their number sense and geometric understanding. As these skills evolve, students learn to apply a variety of strategies, make connections across concepts, and most importantly learn that they are a mathematician.
Leveraging the knowledge they developed in earlier grades, students dive into greater complexity in life science, physical science, earth and space science, and science practices. Students will not just learn science concepts, but they will explore and apply the science concepts to real-life situations to ensure that they are set up for success for a rigorous high school science curriculum.
At this age, your child’s ability to understand their place in society is really beginning to expand. They’re able to think more critically about who they want to become in the future. That’s why it’s important that they expand their understanding of the world through the study of civics, world regions, history, government and economics. They begin to analyze complex issues that affect their communities and the world. As they’re more immersed in the study of American history, they gain a greater understanding of their responsibilities as citizens within the values of American democracy.
Students study art, music, physical education and technology. We also offer electives to provide a well-rounded education.
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
A Deeper Dive Into Moral Focus
Over the years National Heritage Academies has seen how our moral focus emphasis in the classroom makes our schools safer, more caring places. We trust these important personal skills spill out into our students’ homes, communities, and futures. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits that come from developing a strong moral backbone and why NHA takes them to heart.Continue Reading