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.



Essay Voyage (for 6th and 7th graders)

Tuesdays, 9:30 am -12:00 pm 

Join us for a year-long voyage exploring grammar, vocabulary, Greek and Latin roots, poetry and literature. Our destination is the realm of essay writing. This expedition also includes the exploration of ancient history and architecture, introductions to great poets and authors, and the opportunity to learn how to analyze sentences grammatically. All the different language studies connect together and overlap in the MCT Language Arts series developed by Michael Clay Thompson and published by Royal Fireworks Press. Fifth graders with advanced reading and writing skills will be considered. Instructor: Eleanor Braun

Lost Tools of Writing Level 1 (for 8th-9th graders)

Tuesdays, 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

This classical writing program teaches the persuasive essay by means of invention (coming up with ideas), arrangement (ordering ideas), and elocution (expressing ideas logically). The course will also focus on developing each student's literary analysis skills, as we read and write about major works of literature (contact Mrs. Braun for full reading and class texts list). A structured study of grammar using MCT’s The Magic Lens will be included, as will the mastery of vocabulary and Greek and Latin roots using MCT’s Caesar’s English II and Quizlet. High school students with little or no instruction in essay writing may be considered. Instructor: Eleanor Braun

Spanish II

Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

This course is the 2nd in a middle school sequence. Students will be exposed to all aspects of language acquisition such as listening, speaking, writing, logic, cultural values and traditions. Students will gain further practice outside of class through audio exercises, worksheets and listening/writing assignments.

Instructor: Shirley DeCicco

A Journey Through Art 

Wednesdays 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm 

Students will set off on an imaginary journey, visiting different artists and learning about their style and art movement along the way. Students will become art journal keepers, learning to see the world through their own eyes while demonstrating their understanding of art concepts and principles in their

work. Instructor: Patricia Storey

Algebra I

Thursdays, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Students will use Saxon’s Algebra 1 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 encompasses instruction of four lessons and application of principles through sample problems worked on the board. In addition, math-related current events are assigned. Examples of algebra in action from science and engineering will be shared. Each week students are assigned problems sets from the four lessons and a closed-book quiz to be completed at home. Text: Saxon Algebra 1, 3rd Edition. Placement test required. Instructor: Terry Gilleland

Science Exploration

Thursdays, 12:30 pm - 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. This year we will study Sound and Light, and The Human Body from the HMH Science Fusion Series. Weekly homework assignments, current events, quizzes and chapter tests, lab reports and occasional projects are required. Instructor: Terry Gilleland

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