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Middle School Curriculum

Language Arts

Middle school students are more independent and make more reading choices for themselves as they explore their personal identity and their role in the larger world. The class reads short stories, fiction, historical fiction and poetry. Students participate in class discussions, literature circles and group projects. There is an integration of grammar, spelling and vocabulary, as well as reading and writing connected to Social Studies Studies and Science topics. There is a focus on essay structure as our Middle School students work to develop a personal voice and style through both creative and expository writing.


Our Middle School students continue with the Illustrative curriculum, where they solve problems in both mathematical and real-world contexts, make connections between concepts and procedures and participate in lessons designed to encourage mathematical discourse. 


The mathematical work for Grade 6 includes:

  • Area

  • Ratios

  • Rates & Percentages

  • Dividing Fractions

  • Arithmetic in Base Ten

  • Espressions & Equations

  • Rational Numbers

  • Data Sets & Distribution


The mathematical work for Grade 7 includes:

  • Scale Drawings 

  • Proportional Relationships & Percentages

  • Measuring Circles 

  • Rational Number Arithmetic

  • Expressions, Equations & Inequalities

  • Angles, Triangles & Prisms

  • Probability & Sampling 


The mathematical work for Grade 8 includes:

  • Rigid Transformation & Congruence 

  • Dilations, Similarity & Slope

  • Linear Relationships, Equations & Systems 

  • Functions in Volume

  • Associations in Data

  • Exponents & Scientific Notation

  • Pythagorean Theorem 


For these three years, students experience OpenSciEd, a comprehensive middle school science curriculum that empowers students to ask questions, design investigations, and look for solutions. The curriculum is phenomenon based, driven by student questions, grounded in evidence, collaborative, and equitable. OpenSciEd empowers students to be the knowers and doers of science and develop their abilities to think, read, write and argue as scientists and engineers.

Social Studies

In Social Studies Middle School students spend three years learning about Ancient Civilizations and relating them to themes in U.S. History. Year One focuses on Mesopotamia and U.S Immigration & Migration; Year Two moves to West Africa & the Caribbean and the Struggle for Equality, Justice, and Civil Rights in the U.S.; and Year Three takes on Southeast Asia and Influential Thinkers, Systemic Biases, and Marginalized Societies.

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