Middle School Program
The Ramalynn Middle School Program has been specifically designed to meet the emotional and educational needs unique to adolescents. Our program helps students to extend their intellectual boundaries and push themselves to achieve their personal best while following the school’s mission statement of compassion, tolerance and respect toward all others. The curriculum and instructional design are developed so that each student is exposed to and well-versed in knowledge and skills common to pre-collegiate curricula at the country’s best prep schools. Here is a brief overview of our program.
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.
Equations and inequalities.
Two and three-dimensional geometry.
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.
Year 1: Life Science
Development of scientific curiosity, interest and skills.
Topics include the scientific method, classification of organisms, digestive system, nutrition, reproductive system, the natural environment, and an introduction to physical science.
Year 2: Physical Science
Exploration of non-living world through laboratory experiences.
Properties of pure substances, separating mixtures, synthesis and decomposition of compounds and patterns and organization of the periodic table.
Year 3: Biology
The study of ecology and cells through experiments and lab work help tie in lessons learned at younger levels of science.
Genetics, microorganisms, plants, invertebrates, chordates and the human body are also covered through text work and lab activities.
During the three years of middle school, students complete modern language in Spanish and/or Chinese.
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.
Ramalynn offers instrumental instruction for both strings and brass with emphasis placed on basic techniques.
Individual lessons are also available.
The year ends with a performance at the Spring Commencement Ceremony.
Students participate in choir where an emphasis is placed on ensemble skills.
As with the band, the year ends with the group performing at the Spring Commencement Ceremony.
Exploration of varied media and techniques.
Study of two-dimensional art, exploring drawing, painting, and printmaking, and three-dimensional art, exploring visual elements through clay.
Art exhibitions are held through out the year for students to showcase their work.
Introduction to performing techniques through the school’s annual holiday production of The Nutcracker.
Every student participates as cast or crew.
History and 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: Study of ancient civilizations and how they continue to affect the world today.
The third year will also synthesize lessons from Year 1 and Year 2 of the curriculum.
Year 1: Emphasis on strengthening skills in reading comprehension, paragraph writing, discussion, and basic organization.
Review basic grammar.
Year 2: Continued study of vocabulary and grammar.
Emphasis on developing fluency in personal and expository writing.
Year 3: Exploration of storytelling, mystery genre, author analysis, and the novel form.
Continued study of vocabulary and grammar, with increased emphasis on demonstrating skills in writing.
Focus on developing organizational strategies and expository writing skills.
Focus on developing understanding and skills in team sports including baseball, basketball, football and hockey, as well as individual health and fitness.
First-year Middle School students will study the psychological and physical rigors demanded of the high-level athlete.
All students regardless of age, gender or skill level are invited to participate in after-school Sports Camp, a recreational and skill-building opportunity focused on team-building and mentorship.