Our program strengthens students’ intellectual, emotional, and social skills in preparation for high school and beyond._MG_4563

A focus on the arts helps the students develop their capacities for self-expression, practicality, and self-reliance.

Through an interdisciplinary approach that reveals the connections among subjects, students explore essential topics and questions that will help them develop the foundation for a meaningful life.

Curriculum by Grade

Sixth graders are beginning to understand cause and effect, so the curriculum calls on them to apply this new capacity. Roman and medieval history introduce students to the foundations of modern society, while the geography of South and Central America addresses their interest in the world. Through projects and accounts of these subjects, students begin to express themselves ever more fully and creatively. Business arithmetic helps students understand the applications of mathematics to real life situations, while pre-algebra and geometry develop their conceptual capacities. The science curriculum focuses on the lifeless realm – the mineral world, the heavens, and physical forces – challenging students to learn to observe and to understand the world around them.

Language & Literature:

  • narrative, descriptive, & expository writing
  • business correspondence
  • independent reading, literature discussions, library skills
  • grammar, punctuation, spelling, cont.
  • vocabulary & introduction to etymology
  • introduction to calligraphy

Mathematics:

  • review of all arithmetic, fractions, decimals
  • introduction to percent
  • business math
  • pre-algebra
  • descriptive geometry
  • geometric drawing with instruments

History:

  • Roman history
  • Medieval history

Geography:

  • physical and economic geography of other regions

Science:

  • geology and mineralogy
  • introduction to astronomy
  • physics: sound, light, heat, magnetism, electricity

Specialty Subjects:

  • Foreign Language: Intensive Spanish or Russian; Latin
  • Handwork: sewing projects
  • Woodwork: carved bowls & platters
  • Visual Arts: black & white drawing, geometric drawing, painting, clay sculpture
  • Music: singing, recorder ensemble, string ensemble
  • Physical Education: Eurythmy (movement), competitive games and sports
Adolescence is a time of increasing self-awareness and self-expression. The seventh grade curriculum addresses this stage by focusing on the lives of the explorers, artists, and political and ecclesiastical reformers of the Renaissance and Reformation. Students come to know themselves better by studying the geography of Europe and the Middle East, and by learning how to write more creatively and expressively. Algebra and geometry develop new capacities of deduction and analysis, and courses in physics, astronomy, chemistry, and physiology challenge students to become keen observers and perceptive thinkers.

Language & Literature:

  • narrative, descriptive, expository, & essay writing
  • creative writing
  • independent reading, literature discussions
  • research projects
  • review of grammar
  • vocabulary & etymology, cont.
  • advanced calligraphy

Mathematics:

  • introduction to algebra
  • descriptive geometry, cont.
  • introduction to analytical geometry
  • advanced geometric drawing

History:

  • The Renaissance and Reformation
  • Age of European exploration

Geography:

  • introduction to cultural geography

Science:

  • astronomy, cont.
  • human physiology with a focus on health: digestive, circulatory, respiratory systems
  • physics, cont.: sound, light, heat, electromagnetism, mechanics
  • introduction to chemistry: combustion, salts, acids & bases

Specialty Subjects:

  • Foreign Language: Intensive Spanish or Russian; Latin
  • Handwork: sewing projects
  • Woodwork: movable toys, mobiles
  • Visual Arts: black & white drawing, pastel drawing, geometric drawing, painting, clay sculpture
  • Music: singing, recorder ensemble, string ensemble
  • Physical Education: Eurythmy (movement), competitive games and sports
In eighth grade students are eager to experience and understand themselves and their connection to the world and to other people. Through their study of the great revolutions and events of modern history, adolescents confront the idealism and realism of modern life. Geometry and algebra develop their powers of thinking, while physics, chemistry, and physiology hone their capacity for observation, deduction, and accurate reporting. Through their studies of literature and their exploration of the geography and cultures of Africa and Asia students are challenged to develop greater self-awareness, critical thinking, and creative expression.

Language & Literature:

  • narrative, descriptive, expository, & essay writing
  • creative writing, cont.
  • independent reading, literature discussions
  • research projects
  • cumulative review of grammar
  • vocabulary & etymology, cont.
  • advanced calligraphy, cont.

Mathematics:

  • cumulative review of arithmetic
  • algebra, cont.
  • descriptive and analytical geometry, cont.
  • advanced geometric drawing

History:

  • modern history: from 1600 to the present
  • current events

Geography:

  • cultural geography
  • economic and political geography

Science:

  • human anatomy & physiology: nervous system, muscular & skeletal systems
  • physics, cont.: sound, light, heat, electromagnetism, mechanics, fluid mechanics
  • chemistry, cont: chemistry of organic substances, industrial & domestic uses & applications

Specialty Subjects:

  • Foreign language: Intensive Spanish or Russian; Latin
  • Handwork: clothing design and sewing
  • Woodwork: musical instrument construction
  • Visual arts: black & white drawing, pastel drawing, geometric drawing, painting, clay sculpture
  • Music: singing, recorder ensemble, string ensemble
  • Physical Education: Eurythmy (movement), competitive games and sports

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