Program Overview

6th Grade
 
English

Students strengthen their skills reading fiction and nonfiction, increase their vocabulary using an individualized, web-based program, and engage in extensive writing practice, media projects and classroom discussion. iPad and print texts include A Long Walk to WaterYellow Star, The Watsons Go To Birmingham, Membean / NoRedInk for personalized vocabulary and grammar study, and a variety of nonfiction texts.

Distinguishing features: Passion project, Global Read-aloud, Design-thinking and project-based learning, blogging with authentic audiences. 
Social Studies and Science
Social Studies and Science are taught together because of the high degree of overlap between these two disciplines and the many opportunities they present for exciting, hands-on projects. The four in-depth units are  Understanding Our Earth, Tools of the Trade: How We Know What We Know, Middle Ages and Vikings, and Climate Change. Students are evaluated not only on content, but also on global competencies such as effective communication, analytical and scientific literacy, and leadership and collaboration.

Distinguishing features: On-campus archaeology dig, Viking "raid," collaborative project addressing a problem caused by climate change on the Westtown campus, study of taxonomy and levels culminating in a dissection
Math

Using an integrated math approach, students master mathematical topics including problem solving, data analysis, sets and numbers, graphing, geometry, probability, fractions, exponents and other pre-Algebra topics. iPad and print texts include Big Ideas Math.

Distinguishing features: Instruction targeted to a students comfort level with math and facility with abstraction, Math Lab, coding/computer programming

Spanish

Students develop communicative skills while becoming familiar with the culture of various Spanish speaking countries. iPad-based texts include Español Santillana.

Distinguishing features: independent multi-media presentations, Hispanic foods / staff appreciation lunch

Arts & Music

All students take both art and music. Visual art, clay and theater are offered as semester-long courses. Year-long, performance-based classes are offered in Band, Strings and Chorus.

Distinguishing features: Vocal and instrumental concerts twice a year, Shakespeare, all-Middle School musical

Athletics & Health
All 6th graders play three seasons of inter-scholastic sports. Practices are during the school day, and students generally have one to two after-school competitions each week.  A health curriculum covering self-esteem, media influences, and healthy decision-making is covered between athletic seasons.
Quakerism & Service Learning
Meeting for Worship, Friends’ testimonies of simplicity, stewardship, integrity and peaceful resolution of conflict, and Quaker decision-making practices are explored in a weekly class. All students participate in weekly Meeting for Worship. 6th graders participate in Middle School – wide service projects and focus their service learning on campus by reaching out to our staff.
7th Grade
 
English

Students explore themes of societies and our roles within them, with a special focus on social justice and our responsibility to make a difference. Students refine their writing, analytical reading and presentation skills. Texts include The Outsiders, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Giver, Twelfth Night, other texts for individualized literature study, Membean / NoRedInk for personalized vocabulary and grammar study.

Distinguishing features: Book discussion groups, Book Buddy project with Primary Circle students

Social Studies

7th grade focuses on United States history, beginning with historical thinking skills and an in-depth study of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  Building on this foundation, the course uses a thematic approach to study 20th century issues such as immigration and civil rights.  

Distinguishing features: Simulations, research paper, heritage lunch, field trips to Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., primary source personal history projects using iMovie and Book Creator.


Math

Using an integrated math approach, students master beginning Algebra topics including patterns, functions and systems of equations, geometry, probability, statistics, scientific notation, and exponents. iPad and print texts include Big Ideas Math.

Distinguishing features: instruction targeted to a students comfort level with math and facility with abstraction, Math Lab, coding/computer programming

Science

With a hands-on, inquiry-based approach developed at Berkeley, 7th graders explore topics including forces and motion, population, ecosystems, and astronomy. iPad-based texts includeScience Education for Public Understanding Program.

Distinguishing features: Individual and group lab research, field-based study using our forest, lake and farm, robotics and engineering

World Languages

7th graders choose among introductory-level courses in Spanish, Mandarin or Latin. Each language focuses study on developing language and communication skills, and deepening understanding of culture. iPad-based texts include Español Santillana,Cambridge Latin, and Discovering Chinese Pro.

Distinguishing features: Spanish QR code scavenger hunt, Latin plays, Chinatown field trip

Arts & Music

All students take both art and music. Visual art, clay and film are offered as semester-long courses. Band, Strings and Chorus are year-long, performance-based classes.

Distinguishing features: Vocal and instrumental concerts twice a year, Shakespeare, all-Middle School musical

Athletics & Health
All 7th graders play three seasons of inter-scholastic sports. Practices are during the school day, and students generally have one to two after-school competitions each week. Decisions, a weekly character-education class, helps students explore realms of social / emotional learning including self-awareness, peer relations, and healthy life habits.
Quakerism & Service Learning

All students participate in weekly Meeting for Worship. 7th graders focus their service learning through our Think, Care, Act curriculum which helps students identify a concern about which they feel passionate and complete 10 hours of service.

8th Grade
 
English

8th graders explore themes of justice while expanding their critical reading and writing skills. Major texts include The House on Mango Street, The Boy who Harnessed the Wind, Peace Like a RiverPersepolis, and Membean / NoRedInk for personalized vocabulary and grammar study.

Distinguishing features: Poetry ambush, interdisciplinary design project with The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, create personal graphic stories in response to reading  Persepolis

Social Studies

Using the historical context of various cultures in Africa, the Americas, and the Middle East, students will explore the development of traits and structures that make us human and civilized. Analysis of current events is woven throughout the year. Course materials draw from a vast number of primary and secondary sources.

Distinguishing features: Mayan birthday glyphs, concept mapping, focused research projects

Math

Using an integrated math approach, students master Algebra topics including linear equations, factoring polynomials, quadratic functions, radical equations, and data analysis. iPad and print texts include Big Ideas Math.

Distinguishing features: Instruction targeted to a students comfort with math and facility with abstraction, Math Lab, coding/computer programming

Science

With a hands-on, inquiry-based approach developed at Berkeley, 8th graders explore topics including chemistry, genetics, programming and electrical engineering. and the biology of emergency medicine. iPad-based texts include Science Education for Public Understanding Program.

Distinguishing features: Individual and group lab research, field-based study using our forest, lake and farm, engineering.

World Languages

8th graders choose among upper school credited courses in Spanish, Mandarin, French or Latin. Each language focuses study on developing language and communication skills and deepening understanding of culture.

Distinguishing features: Communicative focus to study, National Language Exams

Arts & Music

All students take both art and music. Visual art, clay and theater are offered as semester-long courses. Year-long, performance-based classes are offered in band, strings and chorus

Distinguishing features: Vocal and instrumental concerts twice a year, Shakespeare, all-Middle School musical

Athletics & Health
All 8th graders play three seasons of inter-scholastic sports. Practices are during the school day, and students generally have one to two after-school competitions each week. A weekly Health class helps students explore healthy decision-making and develop personal leadership strengths and opportunities.
Quakerism & Service Learning
All students participate in weekly Meeting for Worship. 8th graders focus their service learning on the wider community, identifying their own concerns and volunteering for a minimum of 20 hours.
Calendar List
    • SunSep24 Meeting for Worship 10:30 AM to 11:30 AMMeeting House
    • SunOct01 WAA Board Meeting TBD
    • SunOct01 Meeting for Worship 10:30 AM to 11:30 AMMeeting House
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