The English course sets a foundation for secondary English skills through reading and writing opportunities.  In grammar, students will study the eight parts of speech.  Writing will include descriptive writing, personal narratives, short stories, book reports,, and special projects.

Spelling and vocabulary lessons consist of grade level-appropriate vocabulary for comprehension and grammar in context.  Lessons are designed to address writing skills, including grammar and reading skills.  Lessons consist of definitions, completion of sentences, synonyms, and antonyms, word choice, and vocabulary in context.  Enrichment continues in the form of building upon classical roots, word associations, word families, analogies, and enrichment of vocabulary. 

Math units focus on the four arithmetic operations with whole numbers, positive fractions, positive decimals, and positive and negative integers.  Students learn the concepts of mean, median, and mode, data ratios, and proportions.  Students learn about pi and its formulas.  They solve one-step linear equations.

A note about middle school science and history:

Middle school science and history courses are offered on a three-year rotation due to the small number of middle school students.  Each year, science includes topics from life, earth, and physical science, with the topics and examples rotating.  A specific social studies course is taught each year, rotating through world history, world geography, and American history. 


Language Arts Mathematics Science (see narrative) Social Studies
● Parts of speech

● Writing:

     o   Descriptive

     o   Personal narrative

     o   Short stories

     o   Book reports

     o   Special projects

● Vocabulary

     o   Definitions

     o   Sentence completion

     o   Synonyms

     o   Antonyms

     o   Word choice

     o   Context

     o   Classical roots

     o   Word associations

     o   Word families

     o   Analogies


● Arithmetic operations with:

     o   Whole numbers

     o   Positive fraction

     o   Positive decimals

     o   Positive, negative integers

● Mean

● Median

● Mode

● Data ratios

● Proportions

● Pi and its formulas

● One-step linear equations

Earth Science

● Basic physical science topics

● Matter and interactions

● Changing Earth surface

● Life

● Environment

Life Science

● Cells

● Organs and systems

● Organisms

● Genetics

● Inheritance

● Variation

● Diversity of life

Physical Science

● Elements

● Molecules

● Chemical reactions

● Physics

● Solar system


Year A – World History

● Early civilizations

● Greeks

● Roman Republic

● Roman Empire

● Fall of the empire

● The Middle Ages

● Feudalism

● The Church

● Towns and cities

● Islam

Year B – American History

● Colonization

● Revolution

● Founding documents

● Sectionalism

● Civil War, Reconstruction

● Gilded Age

● Twentieth Century

Year C – World Geography

● Map skills

● Latitude, longitude

● Continents, oceans

● Countries

● Culture