Middle School


Sixth Grade

Sixth-grade students are in the midst of change. They are embarking on the self-consciousness of puberty, which comes with an onset of new thinking.

They are connecting their inner experiences and dialogue with the outer world.

They may be argumentative, emotional and acerbic. We present a curriculum with a focus on cause and effect, asking students to use careful observations before jumping to conclusions. 

In history, we move from the grace of the ancient empires to the stories behind their demise. Students study civil engineering, through art, organization, law, city culture, invention and the technological innovations of ancient Rome and Greece. We’ll explore the causality in history and the beginning of the dialectical principle. 

Sixth graders can be egotistical, so we offset these concerns by exploring the cultural geography of unfamiliar regions to focus on the lifestyles of others. We shift our inner perspectives in astronomy by learning about the Celestial Sphere. Students learn from strong individuals through the biographies of active members of society.

Main Lessons:
Advanced grammar, self-editing, expository, descriptive and narrative writing, conditional sentences, Latin sayings and proverbs, report writing, language and math skills, business math, percentages, exact geometry, world geography with an in-depth focus on Europe, Africa, Asia and South America.

Special Subjects:
Physical education including juggling and circus arts, Spanish, choral music, orchestra, handwork, gardening, Eurythmy, drama, recorder, fine and practical arts including sculptural arts.


Seventh Grade

Seventh-grade students experience blooming curiosity. An intense physical and mental growth has them stretching for experience. They’re yearning for independence but still need guidance and structure. As they build bridges using their power of judgment, we dig deeper into history and explore the cultural significance of the Renaissance – a lasting period of change that provided context for centuries to come. Students will study exploration, the invention of printing, humanism, heliocentric astronomy, Joan of Arc and the historical impact of conviction. We push further into abstract thinking with the study of al-jabr and balance while diving into human ecology in life sciences. Seventh graders will learn about their circulatory, digestive, respiration and reproductive systems, alongside hygiene and self-care to understand the responsibility for self and the respect for others. Mechanics is the topic of the seventh-grade physics curriculum, and in geography, the focus is on Africa, including climate, topography and regional culture. Seventh graders also explore the wonder of creative writing as a tool for self-expression and discovery. Main Lessons: Renaissance, Reformation, The Age of Exploration and Discovery, chemistry, physics, physiology, geography, astronomy, algebra, creative writing and poetic structure Special Subjects: Woodworking, Spanish, drama, handwork, fine arts, choral music, orchestra, physical education, eurythmy.

Eighth Grade

Eighth graders are experiencing the end of childhood. This is the time for the class to come together and reflect on their 8-year odyssey of education and friendship.  Our students are preparing for adolescence and the journey into high school with vigor. The history curriculum begins with the American, French and Industrial Revolutions and proceeds through the American Civil War to modern times.  Eighth-grade geography includes a survey of landforms, ocean currents, atmosphere, climates and life zones of the entire earth.  The study of meteorology builds on the understanding of weather, while our studies of human physiology focus on the muscular, skeletal and nervous systems.  Geometry includes Platonic solids and Euclidean geometry, while algebra focuses on quadratic equations and a review of what has been taught in previous grades.  Grammar study involves work with subordinate and independent clauses and an ongoing review of all previously taught aspects of grammar. We challenge our students to consider modern political and scientific history. We put an emphasis on the biographies, experience, and courage of influential individuals in a rapidly changing world, and we use it as a platform for students to consider the ways they’d like to contribute to society. Students gravitate towards practical studies, so we study food science in chemistry, the geometry of solids bringing dimension to precision, and an orientation toward high-school skills, both academically (typing, for example) and building confidence for the passage forward.
The students’ magnificent journey concludes with one final, bonding travel experience.
The eighth-grade class will reflect on their experience as they travel to a destination and work together to give back to a community. They will be tested by physical challenges that require the companionship and trust in the class. And together they will lift each other up and come together one last time as a class before they push forward. Main Lessons: American, French and Industrial Revolutions, American Civil War to present, Shakespeare, geography, meteorology, physiology, chemistry, geometry, physics, algebra, grammar Special Subjects: Spanish, drama, handwork, fine arts, choral music, orchestra, physical education, eurythmy, and woodwork.

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