Middle Grades

Sixth Grade

Sixth-grade students are in the midst of change. They are embarking on the self-consciousness of puberty, which comes with an onset of new thinking.

They are connecting their inner experiences and dialogue with the outer world.

They may be argumentative, emotional and acerbic. We present a curriculum with a focus on cause and effect, asking students to use careful observations before jumping to conclusions. 

In history, we move from the grace of the ancient empires to the stories behind their demise. Students study civil engineering, through art, organization, law, city culture, invention and the technological innovations of ancient Rome and Greece. We’ll explore the causality in history and the beginning of the dialectical principle. 

Sixth graders can be egotistical, so we offset these concerns by exploring the cultural geography of unfamiliar regions to focus on the lifestyles of others. We shift our inner perspectives in astronomy by learning about the Celestial Sphere. Students learn from strong individuals through the biographies of active members of society.

Main Lessons:
Advanced grammar, self-editing, expository, descriptive and narrative writing, conditional sentences, Latin sayings and proverbs, report writing, language and math skills, business math, percentages, exact geometry, world geography with an in-depth focus on Europe, Africa, Asia and South America.

Seventh Grade

Seventh-grade students experience blooming curiosity. An intense physical and mental growth has them stretching for experience. They’re yearning for independence but still need guidance and structure.

As they build bridges using their power of judgment, we dig deeper into history and explore the cultural significance of the Renaissance – a lasting period of change that provided context for centuries to come. 

Students will study exploration, the invention of printing, humanism, heliocentric astronomy, Joan of Arc and the historical impact of conviction. We push further into abstract thinking with the study of al-jabr and balance while diving into human ecology in life sciences. Seventh graders will learn about their circulatory, digestive, respiration and reproductive systems, alongside hygiene and self-care to understand the responsibility for self and the respect for others. Mechanics is the topic of the seventh-grade physics curriculum, and in geography, the focus is on Africa, including climate, topography and regional culture. Seventh graders also explore the wonder of creative writing as a tool for self-expression and discovery.

Main Lessons:
Renaissance, Reformation, The Age of Exploration and Discovery, Chemistry, Physics, Physiology, Geography, Astronomy, Pre-Algebra, Shakespeare, Creative Writing and Poetic Structure

Eighth Grade

Eighth graders experiences a birth into intellectual consciousness. They become more aware of themselves and their own organic processes, drives, and rhythms of their body. They offer unsolicited judgments and are eager for tests of their powers. Their steps this year take them into adolescence and the end of childhood. The teacher’s goal is to hold the promise and potential of the world and help their hearts find their dreams.

The eighth grade curriculum is designed to help the students know the modern world: from history to science to literature; the aim is to help the 13 and 14 year old students feel at home in the present world, with their own emerging individualities. They become familiar with the world through history, literature, geography, and science, and have achieved a level of expertise in various skills that allows them to walk through the world with confidence. They will usually have regained the emotional balance they had lost in the sixth or seventh grade, and will end the eighth grade year filled with gratitude for the past eight years and enthusiasm for the coming challenges of high school. 

Main Lessons:

United States History, The Revolutions, Civil Rights, Short Stories and Creative Writing, Anatomy, Platonic Solids, Organic Chemistry,  Geometry, Algebra, and Meterology,