6th - 8th grade
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.
US History II
Tuesdays, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Breath new life into your student's study of our nation's past! Designed to perfectly complement Ms. Storey's American Art II class, we will continue with the award-winning series, A History of US by Joy Hakim. Recently updated to reflect new discoveries and more recent historical events, our curriculum tells the tale of America in an engaging, inspiring, and informative way. First-hand accounts and original documents help to make the History Of US a hit for any middle school student. This course will cover the US Civil War to modern history and is a continuation of last year's Middle School US History, although you need not have been in that class to join in on the fun!
Instructor: Shirley DeCicco
American Art II
Tuesdays, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Students will journey through different periods, exploring the styles, themes, and techniques of American Art. Designed to perfectly complement Ms. DeCicco's US History II class, we will look at various artists and learn how their lives and works went on to influence the world! We'll acquire art appreciation skills, as we learn to describe, analyze, interpret, and evaluate artistic works. Students will demonstrate their understanding of artistic skills, concepts, and principles used by American artists through their own creations of fun and hands-on studio art projects.
Instructor: Patricia Storey
Tuesdays, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm (Section A)
Thursdays, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm (Section B)
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, current events, and independent projects. This year we will study Cells and Heredity, and Motion, Forces and Energy from the HMH Science Fusion Series. Weekly homework assignments, current events, quizzes and chapter tests will be required.
Instructor: Terry Gilleland
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Students will use the enVision Algebra 2 2018 curriculum to learn about: advanced linear functions and systems, quadratic functions and equations, polynomial functions, rational functions, rational exponents and radical functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, conic sections, Matrices, data analysis and statistics, probability and more. During class, students will work with the teacher to explore new concepts and skills. In addition, inquiry-based exploration tasks will be completed either independently or collaboratively with a partner or partners. Lesson quizzes, homework problem sets, and at-home closed book chapter tests will be required. Placement test required.
Instructor: Piao Tran
IEW Writing: Narnia
Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Beckon your student to experience the enchanted land of Narnia through the Institute for Excellence in Writing's acclaimed Structure and Style Curriculum. Using the first three novels of C.S. Lewis' beloved Chronicles of Narnia Series (The Magician's Nephew, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and The Horse and His Boy), students will mature their writing skills and techniques, embark on reading and writing assignments, and improve their vocabulary! Get your child ready for high school-level writing with this engaging class.
Instructor: Lisa Torquato
Wednesdays, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Did you know that 79% of North American job recruiters cite the ability to speak Spanish as today's employers' most-demanded skill? Do your child a service by encouraging them to explore this foreign language while they are still young! Our Editorial Difusión Curriculum appeals to all different kinds of learners, and includes a colorful book that presents grammar and vocabulary within cultural context. Students will have the opportunity to use their linguistic skills through a variety of fun games, presentations, online and class activities. We will also learn about and experience the cultural celebrations and food of Latin America and Spain. Placement test required.
Instructor: Shirley DeCicco
Western Music History & Appreciation (5th-8th graders)
Wednesdays, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Take a trip through time as we learn about the styles, composers, and pieces of Western Music from European and American traditions! We'll take time to absorb the distinct and exciting elements of each style, from the Gregorian chant, to classical, to rock, jazz, and everything in between! It's been shown that when you decide to simply push PLAY, you are actually improving your child's emotional well-being, language and reasoning skills, academic attentiveness, memorization abilities, ear for pitch and tone, sense of discipline, creativity, and even their SAT scores. Get ready to join us on this adventure to appreciate music in a new way!
Instructor: Christian Humcke
Thursdays, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Students will use Saxon’s Algebra I (3rd Edition) curriculum 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 conversion, and surface area. Class time will encompass instruction of four lessons and application of principles through sample problems worked on the board. In addition, related current events will be assigned and examples of Algebra in Action from science and engineering will be shared. Each week students will be assigned problems sets from the four lessons, and a closed-book quiz to be completed at home. Placement test required. Instructor: Terry Gilleland
Music Theory (8th - 12th graders)
Thursdays, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Learn the building blocks of music theory that will help you appreciate and understand music on a deeper and richer level. What is music theory you might ask? Music theory is to music, as grammar is to English... It is learning about what music is made of! We'll intersperse learning the nuts and bolts of music theory with interactive ear training exercises and, hopefully, some chance to try out and experiment with various instruments. Instructor: Christian Humcke