The curricula are integrated; all projects and class work are based in and derive from the literary texts we read together during the year. The overarching study is the nature of culture, specific ancient cultures, and their interplay in historic times.
These students experience an accelerated program, learning 7th grade Math enriched by hands-on and cooperative activities, manipulative, literature, and national (SIGMA, AMC) and local (AATM) competitions. The 6th grade Science curriculum consists of three units: Investigations in Physical Science, Diversity of Life, and Weather and Water. Annual field trips are planned.
The Social Studies program is designed so that students learn through systematic investigations of human behavior, past and present, with an eye to the future. Critical thinking opportunities and lively discussions on timely topics combine with the academic disciplines to present a comprehensive picture of the comedies, tragedies, achievements, and accomplishments of people and human events.
This class teaches the skills and processes of Language Arts through themed units, literature, and simulations. In seventh grade, students study poetry, advertising, public speaking, and Utopias. In eighth, students become personal finance experts and formal debaters For details, visit Mrs. G. Mitchell's Website.
The Science curriculum includes astronomy, earth history, and ecology. The eighth grade focuses on evolution, genetics, forces and motion, and chemistry. The approach is a combination of scientific inquiry, cooperative learning, projects, and relevant field trips.
GATE Math will continue to develop mathematical skills and their higher-level mathematical thinking. The focus will be on algebra, geometry, and probability and statistics. Qualified eighth graders may take an honors first year algebra course for high school credit.