Middle School Curriculum
Middle School curriculum supports students’ open inquiry, independent thinking, and respect for diverse views. They develop skills in critical and logical thinking, and writing and speaking, in courses designed to foster their curiosity and an openness to differing perspectives.
In this transitional year, students are expected to be more personally responsible for time management and self-advocacy. All sixth graders take Transitions, which teaches essential study skills and supports sixth graders in all areas leading to student success. Focus is on organization, planning, and preparation with regard to navigating homework, schedule, co-curricular commitments and the life of the school day.
The year begins with the sixth-grade students going on a four-night camping trip to Cape Arago on the Southern Oregon Coast. The trip builds community and connection among the sixth grade students and teaching team.
Each year the sixth grade participates in Surgery Day, where hospital personnel bring authentic surgical equipment and materials to the classroom to give students hands-on practice with various medical and surgical techniques.
In seventh grade the transition from concrete to abstract thinking is supported. Teachers push the growth of each child’s abstract thinking and logical reasoning ability. Students are developing their critical thinking skills and habits of the mind.
The seventh grade spends one week as a class focused on a single theme: What does our future hold? Students explore this topic in variety of ways throughout the week, both on-campus and off, ending in student-designed projects. The year culminates with the class going on an end-of-year trip to Mount St. Helens.
Eighth graders understand who they are becoming as learners. They can better communicate their feelings and emotions, while regulating them at an appropriate developmental level. They have a greater appreciation for their ability to plan, envision, and execute a complex project. Eighth graders are able to take the initiative to meet personal and group goals.
The eighth grade spends one week as a class focused on a single theme: What do I need to know to thrive independently? Students practice a variety of life skills, including cooking basics, and explore Portland using mass transit.
Eighth-grade students are able to go on one of three Global Education trips, and the year culminates with a camping trip, community engagement project, and graduation.