The content and quantity of subjects expand significantly in middle school. New perceptions about the world are introduced. The scope of research intensifies in preparation for entry into high school. Music becomes collaborative with ensemble work. Art becomes first more realistic and then more individual. Team sports are now available.
Music features prominently in the life of our Middle School students. We consider music to be an academic subject that affects all areas of their growth and development. Our educators aim to help students find the link between different styles of music and learn how the past affects the present and influences the future. More than that, we use music as a tool to prepare our students for success.
When we teach children art, we give them the knowledge, skills, and tools they need to create, express, and realize their own works of art. We believe that this is the key to developing a creative and imaginative mind and will help students excel at many academic areas beyond the world of art.
We encourage the full participation of our students in physical education classes. We give them the opportunity to learn, master, and appreciate a variety of sports while instilling the importance of staying active and healthy. It is also through sports that we teach them the value of sportsmanship, cooperation, and respect for others. With our various physical education programs, we partner with parents, coaches, and teaching staff to help our students to grow in virtue, discover their love for movement, and develop their full physical potential.
As they increase their capability for complex, abstract thought, middle school students are introduced to algebra, Euclidian geometry, physics, inorganic and organic chemistry, and anatomy and physiology. Students progress from the process of observation to using exact measurement to analysis to gain a deeper understanding what they have observed.
Readings and discussions of issues of law, societal conflicts, and the evolution of civilizations deepens an understanding of the relationships among people, cultures, and ideas. Concepts of ethics and community continue to develop as students explore biographies of individuals who have faced the challenges of their times and made a difference in the world.