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.)
- Operations with fractions, decimals, and percents
- Ratios, rates, and proportions
- Geometry and measurement
- Integers and introduction to patterns of algebra and order of operations
Pre-Algebra patterns in mathematics
- Translation between numerical symbols and words
- Two- and three-dimensional geometry
- Number theory
- Set theory
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
Life science development of scientific curiosity, interest, and skills
- Scientific method
- Classification of organisms
- Digestive system
- Reproductive system
- Natural environment
- Introduction to physical science
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
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.
- Human body
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.
Studies of cultural interaction and conflicts in American history with a focus on Minnesota.
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
Introduction into United States History with a strong emphasis on analysis of history and writing comprehensive essays from prompts.