Middle School Information
AVID, or Achievement Via Individual Determination, is a program aimed at students in the academic middle that want to challenge themselves to succeed in more difficult coursework with the eventual aim of college attendance and success. Students may enter AVID through a recruitment process beginning in 6th Grade and may enter the program until their Sophomore year. For more information on AVID visit www.D300.org/AVID
Band, Orchestra, and Chorus
In middle school, students may elect to participate in band, chorus, and/or orchestra class. Through performance-based learning, students actively engage in the process of creating music and improving their musicianship while studying many genres and styles of music from all around the world. Students respond to music through class discussion and written assignments and make connections to music in their own lives and in society. Students apply all aspects of the learning process by participating in several meaningful performance opportunities throughout the school year.
Dual language students follow the same nine period day as their peers not in the dual language program. All dual language students receive Spanish instruction in the content area of social studies and are enrolled in a Spanish literacy elective class. All other content areas and electives are taught in English.
English Language Arts
In English Language Arts, students will continue to build upon the foundation of reading and writing that began in elementary school. Students will encounter more rigorous texts while continuing to strengthen their comprehension and find connections across text types. Through informational texts and literature, students will develop a stronger vocabulary in order to better understanding texts. Students will write arguments focused on claims and relevant evidence, write informative texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, and write narratives depicting real experiences and events.
English as a Second Language
In middle schools, a sheltered instruction approach is used to teach both language and content simultaneously.
Students are in a sheltered English Language Arts class with an ESL teacher depending on their schedule. Students that are not taught in a sheltered instruction approach are provided language support by the ESL teacher. The amount of minutes a student is seen by the ESL teacher is dependent on their level of language proficiency.
In middle school, students that participate in the Exploratory coursework will be exposed to a variety of experiences in order to provide an exposure to different content areas and develop basic skills in those areas. These courses are all one quarter long, so students will change classes at the end of each quarter. All schools offer Art, Project Based Learning, and Digital Literacy for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Additionally, each school has a unique course to fill out the rotation. For information on school specific exploratory courses, please contact your school. Students that participate in AVID or the year-long Spanish program will not participate in the Exploratory courses.
Students will be able to understand how to use the decision-making processes to enhance their health and stay safe in a variety of topics. Topics include general wellness, personal health, nutrition, fitness, growth development, anti-tobacco/drug/alcohol, mental health, social health, conflict resolution, human life cycle, reproduction and disease.
In middle school students will focus on ratios and proportions, algebra readiness, statistics, geometry, and the number system. Students will focus on mastering fractions, ratios and rates, and using expressions and equations to develop statistical understanding. Students will learn to reason mathematically and explain their reasoning.
Students will be able to apply motor skills and object control skills to participate in small sided games that require students to understand gameplay rules, tactics and strategies that enhance current physical well-being and prepare students to live a lifetime of physical wellness. Focus will include but is not limited to team sports, individual sports and fitness activities that incorporate cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance and flexibility.
Middle school students develop the foundational knowledge learned in elementary school and further develop their investigation and inquiry skills. Students will encounter more rigorous phenomenon as they develop skills in the areas of life science, earth and space science, physical science, and engineering and technology. Through experiences linked to the Next Generation Science Standards, activities focus on explaining phenomenon and designing solutions to problems.
In middle school, students will be exposed to the Ancient World (6th Grade) and the history of the United States (7th and 8th Grade). Through these topics, students will continue to exposed to skills and concepts in history, geography, civics, and economics through experiential learning. Additionally, students will develop research skills that will enable them to address a questions by finding, evaluating and using sources to develop and communicate a claim.
In middle school, students are able to take two years of Spanish based on their academic performance. In 7th Grade, students will take an introduction to Spanish that will help establish a baseline knowledge in the language. In 8th Grade, students will take the equivalent to high school Spanish 1 and those that complete the course with passing grades will earn 1.0 credit hours on their high school transcript and be eligible to take Spanish 2 as 9th graders.