The Middle School includes our sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. Class sizes are limited to no more than 26 students per class, and we have three classes at each grade level.
Middle School students wear uniforms, too – navy bottom pants and light blue shirts for sixth graders and forest green shirts for seventh graders. Eighth graders are recognized as the leaders of the school, and their uniforms reflect their leadership. Eighth grade students wear khaki bottoms and navy blue shirts.
Middle School students attend six classes per day – each class is taught by a different teacher. Sixth grade students travel with the same group of students throughout the day; seventh and eighth grade students follow a typical high school rotation where both students and teachers change for each subject.
Middle School students have four core classes: Math, English Language Arts (ELA), Science, and Social Studies. Math for Middle School includes Pre-Algebra, and Algebra and Geometry for those students who are ready for more advanced math. Middle School students take physical education and Spanish two or three days per week, and they attend a special or elective class for one period. The physical education program includes general fitness, a variety of sports and sports skills, swimming and archery. Sixth grade specials include Technology, Music and Art. For their Music class, sixth graders can choose to attend Band, Orchestra or Choir. Seventh and eight graders choose their specials which include Art, Band, Choir, Multi Media, Orchestra, Sign Language and Yearbook.
Middle School teachers provide instruction in a focused and in-depth manner that requires them to be innovative and creative. Students participate in their instruction through individual work, groups, pairs, and hands-on activities. Teachers work as a team and collaborate with each other to incorporate areas of study into more than one class. We use a block schedule during the week so students attend all classes on Monday, Thursday and Friday for 55 minutes each. On Tuesday and Wednesday, students attend three 90-minute classes each day. This gives teachers the opportunity to offer more in-depth instruction and study on the longer days.
To see what’s going on in individual classrooms, visit our eplanner page. Scroll down the page to find information about Middle School classes.
Middle School uses a House system to provide students with a strong support team, and to support the implementation of The Leader in Me program. Students are randomly assigned to one of six houses. Each house is led by three adults including teachers, administrators and support staff. Houses include sixth, seventh and eighth graders. Within each House, students are divided by grade level into crews. Each crew is led by one of the House leaders. Crews meet daily to discuss classwork and projects, set goals, develop leadership skills, build self confidence, and work on community service projects. The House system ensures every student builds strong relationships with a group of their peers and at least one adult on campus who they can go to with questions, concerns or needs.