Middle School Curriculum (Details)

Our middle school curriculum was designed to ensure students are exposed to and well-versed in knowledge and skills common to pre-collegiate curricula at the country’s best prep schools.

We focus on four core areas of study: Mathematics, sciences, language arts, and history/social studies. (The curriculum also includes fine arts, compulsory physical education, and optional athletics.)

MATHEMATICS

Year 1:

Basic principles

  • Operations with fractions, decimals, and percents
  • Ratios, rates, and proportions
  • Geometry and measurement
  • Integers and introduction to patterns of algebra and order of operations

Year 2:

Pre-Algebra patterns in mathematics

  • Translation between numerical symbols and words
  • Two- and three-dimensional geometry
  • Number theory
  • Set theory

Year 3:

Algebra introduction to development of real number system

  • Focus on basic principles of real number systems
  • Expression of these principles in precise algebraic language and their use in algebraic proof
  • Solving equations

SCIENCES

Year 1:

Life science development of scientific curiosity, interest, and skills

  • Scientific method
  • Classification of organisms
  • Digestive system
  • Nutrition
  • Reproductive system
  • Natural environment
  • Introduction to physical science

Year 2:

Physical science exploration of non-living world through laboratory experiences

  • Properties of pure substances
  • Syntheses and decomposition of compounds and patterns
  • Organization of the periodic table

Year 3:

Biology. Study of ecology and cells through experiments and lab work help tie in lesson learned at younger levels of sciences. Text work and lab activities help to learn these lessons.

  • Genetics
  • Microorganisms
  • Plants
  • Invertebrates
  • Chordates
  • Human body

FOREIGN LANGUAGES

During the three years of middle school, students complete modern languages.

Strong emphasis is placed on building confidence in the target language with a focus on speaking, listening, and reading. A heavy emphasis is placed on cultural awareness.

HISTORY/SOCIAL STUDIES

Year 1:

Studies of cultural interaction and conflicts in American history with a focus on Minnesota.

Year 2:

Introduction to physical and cultural geography of the world.

  • Strong emphasis on reading comprehension skills, study strategies, and research skills
  • Independent research projects on countries of the world

Year 3:

Introduction into United States History with a strong emphasis on analysis of history and writing comprehensive essays from prompts.

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