Middle School Program

Middle School

The middle school curriculum calls for maintaining exciting and dynamic classes that challenge students to perform at high levels of academic standards. The curriculum, which exceeds the Arizona Academic Standards, is designed to allow students to develop at their own rate both academically and socially. Classes emphasize active, project-based learning, helping students understand connections between disciplines. The curriculum is designed to be challenging for all students.

The 6th grade curriculum consists of the following courses:

  • Language Arts 6 – Reading
  • Language Arts 6 – Writing
  • Math 6 or Pre-Algebra 6
  • Science 6
  • Social Studies 6
  • Specials Rotation (consisting of art, music, and physical education) or Band
  • Study Skills 6

Typically, a 7th grade student will take the following seven-course schedule:

  • English: Basic English Composition 7
  • Foreign Language: Latin I
  • Math: by placement – Pre-Algebra or Algebra I
  • Science: Science 7
  • Social Studies: Humanities 7 (formerly World Geography)
  • Sixth course: Integrated Learning Strategies 7
  • Seventh course: chosen from available general elective courses

The schedule for the typical 8th grader will have the following seven courses:

  • English: English Composition 8 or English Composition 8 Honors
  • Math: Algebra or Geometry
  • Science: Physical Science 8
  • Social Studies: US History 8 Pre-AP
  • Fifth course: Physical Education/Health*
  • Sixth course: ILS or one of the available general elective courses
  • Seventh course: chosen from available general elective courses

*Students may substitute Sports/PE 8-9 or Dance in this slot if they take the Health portion of the PE/Health course in the summer between 7th and 8th grade or have taken PE/Health in 7th grade. Students who have taken PE/Health in 7th grade may choose an alternate elective instead of repeating PE/Health.