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, algebra, creative writing and poetic structure

Eighth Grade

We will add 8th Grade for the 2019-2020 school year