Overview 12-15 years


The Montessori approach to this two-year program for Middle School students is a thematic, interdisciplinary approach to studies that provides large blocks of time for group and individual work.
Areas of academic studies include mathematics, language, social studies, foreign language, science, speech and drama, technology and physical education.

  • Montessori manipulatives are utilized across 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.
    French is the focus of the foreign language program. Students learn vocabulary (spoken and written) and sentence structure in conversation and in writing. Students may choose an alternate language program such a Spanish, German, or Chinese through MSAISnet.
     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

    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 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 daily literature response and must publish at least two 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 application 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 (Year A)

    General and Physical Sciences are incorporated in the curriculum and are emphasized in alternating years. STEM modules are used as a labs throughout the year to supplement the Science modules. 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 textbook series published by Apologia will be used as a textual source.

  • Module 1 – History of Science
    Module 2 – Scientific Inquiry
    Module 3 – Analysis and Data Interpretation
    Module 4 – Applied Sciences and Technology
    Module 5 – Archeology, Geology, and Paleontology
    Module 6 – Foundations of Geology
    Module 7 – Fossil Records
    Module 8 – Uniformitarianism and Catastrophism
    Module 9 – What is Life?
    Module 10 – Classifying Life
    Module 11 – The Human Body
    Module 12 – Energy and Life
    Module 13 – Human Digestion System
    Module 14 – Human Respiratory and Circulatory System
    Module 15 – Human Lymphatic, Endocrine, and Urinary Systems
    Module 16 – Human Nervous System
  • Science, Physical (Year B)

    General and Physical Sciences are incorporated in the curriculum and are emphasized in alternating years. STEM modules are used as a labs throughout the year to supplement the Science modules. 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 textbook series published by Apologia will be used as a textual source.
    The physical science curriculum focuses on the following topics that are derived from the cycle themes.

  • Module 1 – Atoms and Molecules
    Module 2 – Air and Humidity
    Module 3 – Atmosphere
    Module 4 – Water
    Module 5 – Hydrosphere
    Module 6 – Earth and Lithosphere
    Module 7 – Earth’s Weather
    Module 8 – Weather Prediction
    Module 9 – Physics of Motion
    Module 10 – Newton’s Laws
    Module 11 – Fundamental Forces 1
    Module 12 – Fundamental Forces 2
    Module 13 – Fundamental Forces 3
    Module 14 – Waves and Sound
    Module 15 – Light
    Module 16 – Astrophysics
  • Social Studies/History

    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)
  • Foreign Language:

    Students may choose to continue French or participate in a self- study of another foreign language through MSAISnet. The other language study choices are Spanish, German, and Chinese.

    Student Entrepreneurship

    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

    Technological Literacy includes the use of word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentations, graphics, academic programs and simulation games. All of these activities are integrated into all 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.