In grades 6-8, we encourage our students to develop and apply learning strategies across a rich and multidisciplinary curriculum while also preparing them for the academic, social, and emotional transition to grades 9-12.
Technology in the Curriculum
Technology is an integral part of the Middle School curriculum and empowers students to develop the skills needed to become independent learners. Throughout the curriculum, students develop digital research skills and utilize tools to organize their work, including concept mapping tools (Inspiration) and digital resource organization tools (Easybib). Students use tools such as Microsoft PowerPoint, Prezi, and PowToom to develop presentation skills. Microsoft Word, integrated into the writing curriculum, allows each student to submit assignments that reflect attention to detail and increasing professionalism. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel is fostered through application in both math and science classes, while Microsoft Publisher is used to create subject-based newsletters, newspapers, and magazines in several subject areas. Computer classes cover topics such as web page design, working with images, and Microsoft Outlook. Computer hardware and computer programming are addressed in 7th and 8th grade, respectively. Practice in keyboarding fosters additional technological self-sufficiency among students.