Program Overview

6th Grade
 
English

Students strengthen their skills reading fiction and non-fiction, 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 Tuck Everlasting, The Watsons Go To Birmingham, Membean individualized vocabulary study and a variety of non-fiction texts.

Distinguishing features: Genius hour, Global Read-aloud
History

Geography and Culture introduces students to mapping, archaeology and material culture. Students explore Medieval Europe, Viking exploration, and current events while developing analytical, memorization, research and inferential skills. iPad and print texts include A Little History of the World.

Distinguishing features: On-campus archaeology dig, Viking raids, GIS online mapping

Math

Using a Singapore Math approach, students master mathematical topics including problem solving, sets and numbers, graphing, geometry, probability, fractions, exponents and other pre-Algebra topics. iPad and print texts include Math in Focus.

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

Science

With a hands-on, inquiry-based approach developed at Berkeley, 6th graders explore topics including chemistry, weather and atmosphere, plate tectonics, the human body and taxonomy. 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 Team (optional)

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 Festival, all-Middle School musical, Power of Story Festival

Physical Education & 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 integrated into Physical Education classes.
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 identity and utopian/dystopian societies while refining their writing, analytical reading and presentation skills. Texts include The Outsiders, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Giver, A Midsummer Night's Dream, other texts for individualized literature study, and Membean personalized vocabulary study.

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

History

7th grade focuses on United States history, beginning with 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, industrialization, and civil rights.  

Distinguishing features: Research paper on 20th century innovator, heritage lunch, field trips to Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., primary source personal history projects using Voicethread and iMovie.


Math

Using a Singapore Math approach, students master beginning Algebra topics including patterns, equations, geometry, probability, statistics, rational and irrational numbers and exponents. iPad and print texts include Math in Focus.

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 Festival, all-Middle School musical, Power of Story Festival

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 on hunger in our local community through work with the Chester County Food Bank and the Day Room at St. Agnes Church.
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 individualized vocabulary study.

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

History

Using the context of various cultures in Africa, the Americas, and the Middle East over the last hundred thousand years, 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 a Singapore Math approach, students master Algebra topics including scientific notation, linear equations, factoring, functions and graphing, transformations, geometry, statistics and probability. iPad and print texts includeMath in Focus.

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 electricity and magnetism, cells and heredity, and water, rocks and minerals. 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 Festival, all-Middle School musical, Power of Story Festival

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 through work with organizations such as the Fairhill Burial Ground in North Philadelphia and the Chester/Ridley/Crum Watershed Association. 8th graders also identify their own concerns and volunteer for a minimum 15 hours.
Calendar List
    • MonJan16 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No LS/MS/US Classes
    • SunJan22 Meeting for Worship 10:00 AM to 11:30 AMMeeting House
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