The middle school program operates in a team concept. The composition and number of teacher and student teams varies by grade level. The pattern of organization for learning varies by grade level to provide for the gradual changes from self-contained elementary classrooms to departmental and team instruction and a smooth transition to high school.
The curriculum emphasizes continuity in the basic academic disciplines, encourages and provides for involvement in the fine arts, and provides practical application experiences for students in grades 7-8 in Family and Consumer Science and Technology Education. In addition, students receive instruction in art, music, band, orchestra and chorus. Foreign languages including French, German, Latin and Spanish are introduced beginning in grade 8. Instruction in health and physical education is provided at each grade level. The automated, computer-driven libraries serve as resource centers to the study of the curriculum and support the exploratory nature of preadolescent learners.
In the math curriculum, courses vary from basic fundamental skill introduction and practice to higher level problem-solving and application procedures, depending on the student's readiness level. Teachers use sequenced materials and a wide variety of teaching strategies to achieve the challenges appropriate to each student's ability. Applications of math concepts are presented to allow students to see the relationships to daily living. Career interests and active participation are stressed in each course.
The integrated science courses provide for active participation, "hands-on" laboratory sessions and interactive experiences which clarify the complexities of our world and allow the student to analyze, classify, investigate and gain understanding of the integrated concepts that this study will offer. Additionally, healthful lifestyles and wellness initiatives are the direction taken in the health education portion of the curricula.
The social studies curriculum is designed to help students gain insights into the world in which we live. Historical perspective is offered in cultural studies, world geography, and government. Applications of concepts are made through study of current events. The program is progressive from basic concepts to global understandings. The students are encouraged to discuss, develop projects, and engage in activities that deepen and intensify their understanding of other cultures.
Students develop basic communication skills in their English and reading courses. Students refine their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills at all grade levels with increasing sophistication and as their abilities, interests, and motivation dictate. The literature-based reading program is integrated, provides for the reading enjoyment of the individual, and permits students to recognize how others face and solve problems of social, emotional, or physical dimensions.
Special Education programs are provided to students with identified special needs. Each student's program reflects the Individualized Education Program (IEP) which is designed by school personnel, the student and the student's parents. A program offering learning opportunities beyond the regular education program is offered to students identified as gifted. Activities are developed which offer students a wide variety of options toward achievement of goals as set forth in the IEP.
All curricula were designed to allow for the adaptation of goals, strategies, and materials to meet a variety of students' needs. A variety of exploratory and social events are scheduled to promote social and emotional growth and to foster interest in career areas.