Continuing the foundation of the Montessori philosophy of this two-year program for Middle School, students are involved a thematic, interdisciplinary approach to studies that provides large blocks of time for group and individual work, and practice toward independence.
Areas of academic studies include mathematics, language, social studies, foreign language, science, speech and drama, technology and physical education.
- Montessori manipulatives are utilized across areas of the curriculum to introduce new concepts where concrete learning is necessary prior to the comprehension of abstract processes.
- Mathematics studies includes Pre-Algebra and Algebra with a focus on solving problems in a real-world setting.
- The Language curriculum includes literature discussion, vocabulary development, grammar, and spelling. Writing skills are developed through the teaching and use of the writing process. All areas of writing are addressed including expository, creative, persuasive, research and poetry.
- Spanish is the focus of the foreign language program. Students learn vocabulary (spoken and written) and sentence structure in conversation and in writing.
- Dramatic performance is tied to the Language program with in-class performances and culminates with an annual Middle School Dinner Theater production.
- Physical education includes training for the President’s Fitness Challenge and in school sports.
Graduates are prepared to easily transition into traditional college preparatory High School academic programs.
Language Arts include the study of vocabulary, literature, grammar and mechanics, writing, and speech.
- Vocabulary is presented across the curriculum and is formally approached using direct academic vocabulary instruction through WordlyWise 3000, and through vocabulary introduced in novel studies.
- Literature includes the study of literary elements and reading in all genres of literature. Each term students read works from an anthology, 2 novels focused on a historical theme, 2 non-fiction texts based on an element of the current theme, and novels of personal choice. Literature discussion groups follow the format of Socratic discussion.
- Grammar, Mechanics and Writing are presented using Glencoe/McGraw Hill English and Exercises in English, Level G and H and during each term in writing workshops. These workshops focus on types of writing as well as writing in science, social studies and health. Students write a short weekly literature response and must publish two or more pieces of writing each cycle. In publishing a written work students follow a set format: rough draft, writer’s questions, revision, editing and final draft. Feedback in revising and editing is received from peers as well as teachers.
- Communications Seminar includes a communications lab that, over the course of the year, focuses on grace and courtesy, listening skills, note taking, active participation in group discussions, articulating ideas and making formal presentations. Students learn a variety of communication skills such as acknowledging others, active listening, goal setting and group decision-making. Students are able to practice these communication skills by participation in class meetings, class committees, small group cooperative projects, and peer teaching activities. During each term students participate in group presentations as well as individual presentations.
Mathematics (Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1)
Components of STEM curriculum are integrated in the mathematics program. It provides students the opportunity to study traditional topics including algebra, geometry, and probability and statistics in a connected and problem-centered approach. Pre-Algebra is offered in 7th grade and Algebra I in 8th grade. Montessori Algebra for the Adolescent and the use of Montessori math and geometry manipulatives will be the primary source for this curriculum.
Students are expected to describe and translate among graphic, algebraic, numeric, tabular, and verbal representations of relationships and use those representations to solve problems. Appropriate technology, from manipulatives to calculators and software, is used regularly for instruction and assessment.
Physical Education and Health
Physical Education class focuses on team sports, individual sports and aerobic activities. Sports include basketball, running, soccer, Frisbee and volleyball. Students also train and participate in the Presidential Fitness Challenge each year.
Health is the study of issues pertinent to the needs of early adolescents. Students explore topics such as belonging, friendships, adolescent development, stress management, self-esteem, peer pressure, biblically-based sexuality, nutrition, and balanced living. Total Health, Middle School is used as a textual source for study.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
Students participate in design, creation, implementation, and experimentation using STEM101 Curriculum Modules. Each year the modules vary; however, their scope ranges from coding and computer design, to electronics and aeronautics.
Science, General and Physical
General Science (Year A) and Physical Science (Year B) are incorporated in the curriculum along with STEM Modules and are emphasized in alternating years. The structure of this course allows students to research Overview Questions looking for patterns and integration among all disciplines. Students work individually and in small groups. Students develop creative projects and make presentations. Exploring Creation middle school textbook series published by Apologia will be used as a textual source.
This course includes geography and history and is incorporated in the curriculum. Social Studies A and Social Studies B are studied in alternating years. The structure of this course allows students to research Overview Questions looking for patterns and integration among all disciplines. Students work individually and in small groups. Students develop creative projects and make presentations.
The geography curriculum includes the study of the themes of location, movement, regions and interaction of people and their environment.
The history curriculum focuses on the progress of people and the following topics that are derived from the cycle themes.
Social Studies A: The Renaissance, Reformation, and Growth of Nations
- The Age of Rebirth (1455- 1521)
- The Age of Reform (1522-1572)
- The Age of Reason (1572-1632)
- The Age of Resolve (1632-1707)
Social Studies B: Wars of Independence to Modern Times
- Wars of Independence (1708-1829)
- Wars of Ideologies (1822-1877)
- Wars of the World (1903-1945)
- Wars of Modern Times (1948 – 2001)
Middle School students participate in Spanish with an introduction in 7th grade and a continual building of their vocabulary and language skills in 8th. Spanish will continue into high school, but students will then have the option of taking other accredited foreign language courses online through MSAISnet.
Middle school students participate in a student-run business. Students are responsible for the economic and business structure of the enterprise including marketing, sales, preparation, customer service, collecting monies and ordering inventory.
Technological Literacy includes the use of word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentations, graphics, academic programs and simulation games. All of these activities are integrated into subject areas. Students have the opportunity to work with other equipment and use the internet to gather data and communicate with other schools.
Theatre and Visual Arts
Drama: Students plan and produce a Dinner Theatre. The students plan and cook the dinner that follows the theme of the play. The students stage, produce, and act in the chosen play.
Art: Lessons in in a variety of art media are offered to Middle School students on a weekly basis. Students hone their artistic abilities with an eye toward illustrating classroom work and projects.