Middle School Academics
English (meets twice daily)
In English classes, students study the basic elements of grammar, literature, vocabulary, and written expression. Students learn proper grammar usage in order to improve their writing and proofreading skills. Students learn the elements of literature and improve their reading comprehension using literature texts as well as novels such as To Kill a Mockingbird, Where the Red Fern Grows, The Giver, A Wrinkle in Time, and Romeo and Juliet. Through projects and papers, students become able to demonstrate their comprehension of the material. Students learn a structured writing process that progresses from simple sentences to expanded paragraphs and research papers. Students’ reading and oral vocabulary are improved through direct instruction of new vocabulary.
Math (meets twice daily)
The primary purpose of the math class is to develop math skills in the areas of concepts, computation, and application. Students continue to review the basic operations while expanding their ability to apply basic concepts to a higher level of application. Direct instruction of new material, cooperative groups, guided and independent practice are teaching strategies used to engage students and maintain attention. Grade-level texts and materials are used in a curriculum which progresses from General Mathematics to Pre-Algebra & Geometry to Algebra 1.
The Middle School social studies classes are designed to teach the content of grade-level materials while continuing to improve skills in reading comprehension, note-taking, test-taking, and written expression. All material is read aloud in class and thoroughly discussed. Students master essential strategies to learn factual information and are also directly taught how to demonstrate their knowledge in written form. Projects, videos, PowerPoints, and hands-on experiences help to enhance the students’ learning and understanding of material. Specific classes include World Geography, Civics, World History and American History.