5th - 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.



Science Explorers

Tuesdays, 9:30 am - 12:00 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. Fascinating topics to explore include matter and energy, and space science using the HMH Science Fusion Series. Weekly homework assignments, current events, quizzes, and unit tests will be required.

Instructor: Terry Gilleland

Studio Art

Tuesdays, 12:45 pm – 3:15 pm

In this combined middle and high school class, students will learn the principles and concepts of design, developing the student’s knowledge of composition in two- and three-dimensional art. These elements and principles of design are the building blocks of art that will, not only improve the student’s artwork, but also, be used in all art careers. Students will learn the “why” and “how” of art techniques, which will enable them to develop the skills needed to become independent in creating their own artwork. We will examine different artists’ artworks, seeking to evaluate and recognize art techniques and concepts in action. Students will explore, experiment, and problem solve, as they create their own original works.

Instructor: Patricia Storey


Journey to the Eastern Hemisphere

Wednesdays, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Students will journey through Asia, India, and the Middle East as they explore the cultures represented in the “10/40 Window.” Incredibly, about two-thirds of today’s world population live in this small band on the world map! Using the Sonlight Eastern Hemisphere Curriculum, historical documents and literature, student will embark on a year of Eastern exploration, history, reading, and writing!

Instructor: Shirley DeCicco

Advanced Spanish

Wednesdays, 12:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Students will be exposed to all aspects of language acquisition, including listening, speaking, writing, logic, cultural values, history, and traditions. Students will gain further practice outside of class through audio exercises, worksheets, and listening/writing assignments. Placement test, or previous Spanish instruction with Señora DeCicco, is required.

Instructor: Shirley DeCicco

Journey Through Art

Wednesdays, 12:45 pm - 3:15 pm

In this combined elementary and middle school art class, students will set off on an imaginary journey to different countries. There they will visit different artists and learn about their styles, art movements, and art techniques. Students will be taught drawing skills to help them become art journal keepers. They will be guided on their journey and use the skills they learned to create their own original artwork.

Instructor: Patricia Storey

Pre-Algebra/Algebra I

Thursdays, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm 

Depending on enrollment numbers, this class will either be a Pre-Algebra class or an Algebra I class. For Pre-Algebra, Saxon Algebra ½, 3rd edition, will be used to introduce pre-algebra mathematics, along with topics from geometry and discrete mathematics (used in engineering and computer sciences). For Algebra I, students will use Saxon Algebra 1, 3rd edition, to learn about: signed numbers, exponents, solving equations, two equations with unknowns, graphing equations, scientific notation, ratio, percent, variation, unit conversions, geometry, perimeter, area, volume, English to metric conversion, and surface area. For either class, class time will encompass instruction of four lessons and application of principles through sample problems worked on the board. In addition, math-related current events may be assigned, with students presenting their findings to the class. 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, or previous math instruction with Mrs. Gilleland, is required.

Instructor: Terry Gilleland

IEW Writing: Narnia, The Adventure Continues 

Thursdays, 12:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Continue the exploration of the enchanted land of Narnia through the Institute for Excellence in Writing's acclaimed Structure and Style Curriculum. Using the final four novels of C.S. Lewis' beloved Chronicles of Narnia Series (Prince Caspian, Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Silver Chair, Last Battle), 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: Betsy Ferrer