Course Descriptions (Middle School)

Middle School Courses

2013-14 Course Catalog (PDF)

middle school

Art 7/8

Grades 7/8, 1x/Week

All Middle School students attend art once a week. Art projects are largely hands-on activities with an emphasis on problem solving and development of imagination. Each project is introduced from an art history context. Students experience a variety of materials and techniques. Some projects are interdisciplinary including the annual children’s book contest (English), the personal coat of arms design (PGSL), and the proverb poster contest (PGSL).

 

Bio-Health 8

Grade 8, Daily

Bio-Health introduces the student to concepts and terminology in life science and health. The course places major emphasis on human biology and health with the purpose of instilling in each student a love of science by nurturing an appreciation of the beauty, purpose, order, and design of the human body. If each student can learn how the human body works, he can better understand, protect, and care for the most miraculous creation of all.

 

Civics

Grade 8, Daily

Civics teaches cadets to be well informed, rational, and participating citizens committed to the values and principles of American constitutional democracy. The primary goal is that students be able to communicate ideas and concepts discussed in the text as well as supplemental materials. The student evaluation is based on traditional assessments: tests and quizzes. However, authentic assessments are also used such as projects, presentations, and portfolios.

 

Earth Science 7

Grade 7, Daily

This course introduces the student to concepts and terminology in the four major branches of earth science: astronomy, geology, oceanography, and meteorology. Instruction places major emphasis on astronomy and geology with the purpose of instilling in each student a love of science by nurturing an appreciation of the beauty, purpose, order, and design of the universe.

 

English 7/8

Grades 7/8, Daily

These courses offer students a general introduction to multicultural literature, a basic writing process for improving critical and creative writing skills, and a program for learning and incorporating new vocabulary words into their language. Students use varying genre as springboards for their own creative and critical writing. They learn techniques of research and apply these techniques in writing a research paper each year. Instruction emphasizes learning and practicing the basic skill of public speaking.

 

Language Arts 7/8

Grades 7/8, Daily

The students will be learning grammar and spelling throughout the year. Students will use Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. Students will also create original poems and writing pieces.

 

Geography

Grade 7, Daily

Geography teaches cadets to use maps, globes, and other geographic tools to acquire and process geographic information. The primary goal is that the students be able to develop a spatial view of the world, including cultural and physical characteristics of places and regions. Students are evaluated with traditional assessments: tests and quizzes.

 

Math 7

Grade 7, Daily

Improvement of basic operational math skills is the objective of Mathematics 7. The course covers a review of number theory, decimal and fraction operations, graphing, geometry, ratio and proportion, percent, and integers. It also introduces basic concepts of algebra. Problem solving is stressed throughout the year.

 

Math 8

Grade 8, Daily

Providing a review of basic math concepts and an introduction to the field of secondary mathematics is the objective of Math 8. The course includes a review of number theory, data analysis, finding the area and volume, introduction to equations, integers, rational numbers, ratio and proportion, and percent. It also introduces basic concepts of algebra. Problem solving is stressed.

 

Music 7/8

Grades 7/8, 1x/Week

All students learn basics of bowing, fingering, and tuning the violin. Melodic note reading is also taught. Performance opportunities are provided.