Course Descriptions


General Science
Covers science via discrete units of study with an emphasis on the scientific method and familiarization with scientific terms. Units covered include the scientific method and measures, life science, human body, Earth/space, physical science and chemistry. Class time is very interactive and students will participate in a variety of hands-on activities to demonstrate the principles studied in class. Students will also have the opportunity to choose from a variety of creative projects that will be presented to the class.
Grades 5,6

Students will investigate the world of atoms and molecules through hands-on inquiry-based activities and molecular model animations.
Text: Middle School Chemistry by ACS
Grades 6, 7

Students will investigate and make sense of the science of life and models. They will develop, analyze, and critique explanations and apply or extend science ideas and practices to new phenomena.
Grades 7, 8

Physical Science
Students will learn about mechanics, heat, electricity, atomic structure, astronomy and more. Students should be enrolled concurrently in Pre-Algebra (at WEB or elsewhere) or higher to enroll in this class. 
Text: Derek Owens Physical Science
Grades 7, 8, 9

Anatomy & Physiology
Anatomy and physiology will cover the structure and function of all of the major body systems, primarily through problem based learning and role playing.
Grades 7, 8, 9

Citizen Science
This class is for middle school students who are interested in the ways science can be applied in our world and want to understand and decode science in the news. The goal of this course is to support independent inquiry through which students can learn both content and process skills. Units on GMOs, DNA, cloning and water quality may be offered as well as additional units of student/teacher interest.
Grades 5, 6, 7


Middle School Math
Will cover the topics normally covered in a middle school 7th grade math course. This course is designed to prepare students for Pre-Algebra. This class will meet Tuesday AND Thursday. Saxon 7/6 will be the curriculum for this course. We strongly recommend your student take the placement test to ensure enrollment in the appropriate math class.
Grades 6, 7, 8

Will cover the topics normally covered in a middle school pre-algebra course. This course is designed to prepare students for Algebra 1. This class will meet Tuesday AND Thursday. We strongly recommend your student take the placement test to ensure enrollment in the appropriate math class.
Grades 7, 8, 9

Will cover the topics normally covered in a high school Algebra course. This course is designed to qualify for a high school math credit in Algebra 1 and meets on Tuesdays AND Thursdays. We strongly recommend your student take the placement test to ensure enrollment in the appropriate math class.
Grades 8, 9


Studio Fundamentals
An introduction to the creative tools and materials that provide a foundation in the fine arts. Learn the basics of visual communication by developing 2 and 3 dimensional drawing skills while also receiving instruction in color theory techniques and vocabulary, oil pastels, watercolor and acrylic painting, printmaking, an introduction to ceramic sculpture, and so much more. This class serves as a prerequisite fulfillment for WEB Art Studio 1.
Grades 5, 6, 7, 8

Studio Art 1
Studio 1 is designed to encourage and support students in their unique creative journey. An emphasis will be placed on traditional studio development with a strong focus on realistic drawing skills, observational drawing practice, 3 dimensional shading, multi-point perspectives, and figure drawing. Recommended for previous WEB art students OR 7th and 8th grade students.
Grades 6, 7, 8

Studio Art 2
Studio 2 provides a space for artistically motivated, driven and experienced students who are ready to undertake new creative challenges in an independent work environment. During this studio course students will focus on defining their unique artistic voice while learning how to provide, process and utilize constructive feedback in a supportive and nurturing community of fellow artists. Studio 2 prerequisite requirement: Completion of WEB Studio 1 with teacher recommendation OR personal portfolio submission plus interview with the instructor demonstrating a variety of creative material familiarity and comfort.
Grades 7, 8, 9 

Pop Music Appreciation
This class covers the history of American popular music, beginning with the invention of radio and gramophone recordings and extending all the way to the modern day. From Johnny Cash to Kurt Cobain, Bob Dylan to Britney Spears, students are exposed to a multitude of genres and learn the connection between technology, politics, social issues, and music. 
Grades 5, 6, 7, 8 






Reading for Writing
Students will read a variety of works by #OwnVoices authors, which will serve as models for the mechanics of written communication (spelling, grammar, formatting). Students should be able to write a strong sentence, and should be familiar with the conventions of written English (capitalization, punctuation, indentation, etc.).  Projects will include writing personal narratives, imaginative narratives, informational material, and opinion pieces. The reading list for this course is still being finalized; previous titles have included Hidden Figures Young Readers Edition, Homesick, Rosemary Sutcliff’s adaptation of The Odyssey, and Nim’s Island.
Grades 5, 6

Award Winning Literature
Designed for students who can write a strong paragraph and understand plot and detail when reading independently; will focus on writing personal essays. Book selections will be literary award winning books. Previous texts for this course have included Wonder, Tuck Everlasting, The Search for Delicious, A Wrinkle in Time and The Old Man and the Sea.
Grades 5, 6, 7

American Literature
Designed for students who have mastered personal essay writing and identifying themes; this course will focus on a variety of writing assignments, including three and five paragraph essays as well as one longer research project in the spring. Students will gain practice in close reading texts and developing a deeper understanding of the American culture through a broad range of texts. Previous books for this course have included A Break With CharityThe LotteryMarch and Civil Disobedience.
Grades 6, 7, 8

HS Prep Literature
Designed around a year-long theme of Magic & Monsters, this class will examine various ways in which human beings engage with their fears and discomforts on the written page. We will address questions such as: Why do we invent monsters, and what do their attributes tell us about the things people fear? How do authors use the device of magic to combat fictional monsters, and what can the bravery of fictional characters teach us about our own courage? Appropriate for students who are comfortable writing three paragraph essays and connecting themes in literature; will focus heavily on a wide range of writing and digging deeper into various types of texts. Texts are being finalized but may include Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl, A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, The Neverending Story by Michael Ende, and Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins.
Grades 7, 8, 9

Books for Conversation
Over the course of the year, students will cover four units. Each of these units will consist of at least one book and other texts such as poetry, songs, and screenplays. All the texts in each unit feature similar themes, but they will put the themes in wildly different contexts. The purpose of these pairings is to push students to think critically and comparatively about the texts. During class time, students will focus on honing their debate and presentation skills via fishbowl discussions, literary circles, Harkness discussions, creative projects, and in-class presentations. At the end of each unit, students will complete a short writing assignment. Texts are being finalized by may include Dry by Neal Shusterman, Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliet and A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

Social Science

This geography course will teach students how to label and study detailed maps of the world using the curriculum Mapping the World by Heart by David Smith and the Geography Coloring Book. Homework for this class will be designed to reinforce class work and/or complete work that was not finished during class time.
Grades 5, 6, 7

A general introduction to the fundamental elements and major approaches to Psychology. We will address topics such as personality theory, brain development and function and more. Students will participate in interactive labs, and will potentially (depending on time) have the opportunity to design an experiment of their own.
Grades 7, 8, 9,


Introduction to Spanish
Designed to give the novice second-language student a taste of the Spanish-speaking world, while making the language accessible and comprehensible.
Grades 5, 6, 7, 8


Yearbook/Creative Writing
Designed to give students the opportunity to think and write creatively through studying various genres. Students will be encouraged to foster the necessary habits of any good writer: discipline, observation and developing a good ear for dialogue. Students will write, edit and lay out the content for the WEB 2019-20 yearbook.
Grades 5, 6, 7, 8

Knitting and Sewing
Designed to teach students yarn and textile arts for practical repairs, gifts, and relaxation.  Students will learn a variety of techniques in yarn and fabric.  They will share their new skills through service projects and a collaborative WEB Tutorial exhibit.
Grades 5, 6, 7, 8