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Middle School Level (Grades 6-8)

Middle School students explore disciplines in greater depth and with more refined skills. Independent learning is encouraged as students hone their study skills in preparation for high school. These classes have weekly reading and writing assignments, long-term projects and more frequent exams. Classes require the purchase of textbooks and supplementary materials.
Algebra I Tuesday 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Students will use Saxon’s Algebra I to learn about: signed numbers, exponents, solving equations, two equations with unknowns, graphing equations, scientific notation, ratio, percent, unit conversions, geometry, perimeter, area, volume, English to metric conversions, and surface area. In a typical day, the first two hours of class encompass instruction and application of principles using current events and science and engineering examples. The third hour of class accommodates an untimed, weekly quiz. Text: Saxon Algebra 1, 3rd edition.
Placement test required.
IEW: Following Narnia Tuesday 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Using Institute for Excellence in Writing's curriculum, Following Narnia, students will learn and practice IEW structure and style elements while reading and exploring together the first three books of The Chronicles of Narnia. We will not only write about the characters and events in Narnia, but also about history and science topics mentioned in the stories, for example, the London air raids, Buckingham Palace, and the Crown Jewels. IEW experience is helpful but not required.
Studio Art Tuesday 1:45 - 3:45 pm
This course introduces students to core elements of art and principles of design. We will investigate a variety of art media and work on developing portfolios that reflect each student’s individual style and creative problem solving skills. Drawing, sketching, painting, sculpture, graphic design and mixed media will be explored.
Spanish I Tuesday 1:45-3:30
This beginning Spanish course will teach students basic dialog expressions, grammar, vocabulary, and reading. They will be exposed to present and preterite tenses and different types of sentences. Besides learning vocabulary and grammar, students will be studying the Latin culture. A 30-minute google chat will be made available later in the week to discuss homework questions and practice speaking the language.
Shakespearean Drama (7th-9th grade) Tuesday 3:45 - 5:30
Yes! Shakespeare can be fun! It’s meant to be performed, not just studied behind the desk. Students will learn different aspects of acting skills, choral recitation, and play analysis with an emphasis on Shakespeare’s texts. A Shakespeare play will be chosen and performed for friends and family at the end of the school year. This class is for students in grades 9-12 and mature 7th and 8th graders. Minimal to light homework mainly involves memorization, poems, sonnets and Shakespeare’s texts during rehearsal period. This class will enable you to fulfill a high school fine arts elective credit and make friends with a great group of passionate students at the same time.
Tapestry of Grace Wednesday 9:30 – 12:00
This award-winning curriculum uses the history of the world to guide students through an amazing education in the humanities. This course is designed for different age groups and is very adaptable to each student’s needs and levels. Students will explore History, Literature, and Geography from the 19th Century. Topics will include the War or 1812, South American Independence movements, Victorian England, California Gold Rush, The American Civil War, Reconstruction, Imperialism, and the Industrial Revolution.
US Civics (7th-9th grade) Wednesday 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
This class teaches middle school students about the US government and active citizenship. Through books, primary sources, group projects, and assignments, we will explore the history and principles of our constitutional representative democracy to help students become effective, responsible citizens. Possible field trips, such as visiting a local courthouse, city council meeting, or state legislative session, will provide, first-hand, practical lessons in civic duty and how each level of government performs.
Economics (7th-9th grade) Wednesday 12:30 - 3:00 pm
This Introduction to the Principles of Economic is a natural complement to U S Civics. Students will learn the basic principles of a free market economy, cooperative markets and entrepreneurship, globalization, recession, inflation, stimulus packages, and bailouts. These topics dominate today's headlines and are critical for the well-educated student to comprehend.
Science Exploration Wednesday 12:30 - 3:00 pm
This course takes an integrated approach to studying science. Students are encouraged to ask the “why” and “how” of science through in-class demonstrations, labs, and independent projects. Topics to be studied include Cells and Heredity and Motion, Forces, and Energy using the HMH Science Fusion Series. Weekly homework assignments, quizzes and chapter tests, and current events are required.