Course Descriptions (in process)


General Science
Covers science via discrete units of study with an emphasis on the scientific method and familiarization with scientific terms
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.
Text: Derek Owens Physical Science
Grades 7, 8, 9


Reading for Writing

Students should be familiar with basic parts and structures of English sentences, conventions of written English (capitalization, punctuation, indentation, etc.) and some literary devices. Students should be able to write a strong simple sentence: subject, verb, independent clause. Students should demonstrate grade level-appropriate reading comprehension and reading fluency. Students will work on the mechanics of written communication (spelling, grammar, formatting);  growing comprehension and fluency as readers; learning to identify and use literary elements to communicate their own ideas. They will learn to support ideas in discussion by referencing the text and identify themes and connect them across texts. Projects will include writing personal narratives, imaginative narratives, informational material, and opinion pieces.
Texts:  Hoot, by Carl Hiaasen;  Homesick, by Jean Fritz;  Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition, by Margot Lee Shetterly; student’s choice of paired texts, such as The Sea of Monsters, by Rick Riordan with The Odyssey, Rosemary Sutcliffe adaptation, OR Nim’s Island, by Wendy Orr with Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe (other choices will be available).  The remainder of the texts will be free choice from a curated list of books.  Free choice list to be announced at the beginning of each study unit.
Grades 5, 6

Award Winning Literature

Students should be able to write a basic five-sentence paragraph with topic sentence, details, and closing sentence; basic capitalization, punctuation, indentation, etc. Students will focus on writing reading response paragraphs, one short story, one personal essay and one literary analysis essay. Reading will consist of literary award winning books.
Texts: Fall: Past Perfect, Present Tense by Richard Peck, One Last Word by Nikki Grimes, Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit, Search for Delicious by Natalie Babbit; Spring: Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare, Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare, Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry by Mildred D. Taylor, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Grades 5, 6, 7

American Literature
Designed for students who have mastered personal essay writing and identifying themes; will focus on five paragraph essays and digging deeper into American Literature texts
Grades 6, 7, 8

HS Prep Literature
Upon entry, students should be able to write three-paragraph essays with confidence and be able to articulate their own main ideas and compose topic sentences. Students should also be familiar with writing four-sentence paragraphs. Entering students will need to demonstrate basic reading comprehension, including deduction, prediction, and summary. Students must be ready to move beyond YA literature and should have experience with reading longer works (200+ pages). Some exposure to 19th-century texts is strongly suggested, but not required. The course will build on the above and focus on the following skills: thesis statements, moving beyond the three-paragraph essay, using textual evidence, conducting research, integrating sources, and thinking critically about literature. Additionally, due to the subject nature of some of the texts on the reading list, we will also practice how to address sensitive topics in conversation and writing.
Texts: In addition to selected poems and short stories, texts will likely include The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne; The Awakening, by Kate Chopin; Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley;The Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler; and The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas. 
Grades 7, 8, 9


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. 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. We strongly recommend your student take the placement test to ensure enrollment in the appropriate math class.
Text: Derek Owens Pre-Algebra
Grades 7, 8, 9

Social Studies

American History
Designed to give students an overall view of American History from Colonial to Present. This course is designed to familiarize students with American History terms and key players that will be encountered in High School American History courses.
Grades 5, 6, 7, 8

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.
Texts: Mapping the World by Heart, The Geography Coloring Book
Grades 5, 6, 7, 8

Pre-AP History
Grades 7, 8, 9


Intro to Spanish
Designed to give the novice second-language student a taste of the Spanish speaking world, while making the language accessible and comprehensible. Students enrolled in this class are eligible to take Spanish Conversation as well.
Grades 6, 7, 8

Spanish 1
Designed to introduce students to the Spanish language and its associated cultures. The purpose of the course is to communicate in Spanish, understand other cultures, connect with other disciplines and acquire information, develop insight into one’s own language and culture, and to participate in the global community. Students enrolled in this class are eligible to take Spanish Conversation as well.
Text: Avencemos
Grades 7, 8, 9

Spanish Conversation
Designed to allow students in Intro to Spanish or Spanish 1 practice their Spanish conversation skills.
Grades 6,7,8,9


Art/Art History
This course offers a glimpse into mankind’s creative past from the very earliest Paleolithic works, to ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, Impressionism, Modern Art, and so much more. Each class will immerse participants in the visual history of the human experience through creative lectures and complementing art lessons. Students will have the opportunity to try their hand at a wide range of historically inspired projects which will be assembled into a portfolio at the end of the year.
Grades 5, 6, 7, 8

Applied Science
Students will focus on creating their own science fair project during the first semester, with class time devoted to the application of the scientific method, presenting findings and preparing their final project for presentation at the fair. Second semester, students will learn about fields of applied science as well as careers in the sciences.
Grades 5, 6, 7, 8

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.
Grades 5, 6, 7, 8

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

Studio Art
This course is designed to encourage and support students in the development of their unique creative voice. An emphasis will be placed on traditional studio development in drawing, painting, sculpting, photography, and printmaking. Students will learn about constructive art criticism in a supportive and nurturing environment while developing their confidence and technical skills with composition, perception, color theory, figure drawing, shape, and form. The course will culminate in a portfolio collection and curated gallery exhibition.
Grades 5, 6, 7, 8, 9