The mathematics curriculum aims to give students a solid foundation for exploring and understanding algebra and geometry concepts as they move from middle school to high school mathematics. Students are taught to approach mathematics from multiple perspectives, including numerical, graphical and symbolic. Pre-algebra is offered to 7th graders and 8th graders take Algebra I.
The science curriculum seeks to provide students with a fundamental understanding of the physical, biological and earth sciences, while instilling a love of scientific study and the natural world. A primary goal of the science program is to give students a systematic approach to scientific problem solving that prepares them for advanced high school science curriculums. This is accomplished through a laboratory based discovery approach in the belief that insights are best developed in an experimental setting.
The English curriculum is designed to give the student a strong foundation in both writing and reading. Students meet two periods a day for literature/humanities and composition/study skills. The curriculum includes an interdisciplinary approach to short stories, novels, and poetry that allows students to make connections across cultures. The curriculum offers a series of perspectives from which the student can approach the diversity of human experiences as they develop reading, writing, speaking, listening, research and critical thinking skills.
The history/social studies curriculum seeks to endow students with an appreciation and sensitivity for the diverse nature of world culture. The program is taught from various multicultural themes that allow students to embrace and share their culture. Students are exposed to the contributions of various ethnic, racial and religious groups within the contexts of American history, ancient civilizations, world history, geography and U.S. History.
The Spanish curriculum builds each year so that by the end of eighth grade, students would have completed the equivalent of the first year of high school Spanish. Students study vocabulary and grammar, develop listening, speaking and writing skills, and study Hispanic heritage along with the cultures of Mexico, Central and South Americas, and Spain.
Choices Leadership Academy curriculum for character education and leadership development help students to recognize their leadership potential, articulate their goals, develop their own personal leadership skills and broaden their understanding of ethics and values. Students participate in motivational class activities that challenge them to achieve success. Topics for class activity and discussion include: communication skills, self esteem, goal setting, team building, diversity awareness, peer pressure, ethics/values, career goals, health/nutrition, conflict resolution and social skills. Future leaders participate in the leadership academy classes all four years of middle school.
The goal of the technology program is to develop competent and confident technology users. Students will learn the art of multimedia presentation skills including the use of Power Point and web design. Computer technology and instruction are integrated into the core subject areas and used as an extension of traditional textbooks.
The fine arts curriculum is comprised of art, drama, choir and speech communications. Students learn to celebrate, appreciate and accept the value and uniqueness of their own works, as well as, those of others. A variety of styles and mediums reflecting diverse cultures are experienced during the year. Music and dance is taught during after school and summer enrichment.
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