Our classes are entirely student-centered, and our students’ needs and abilities drive the curriculum. Throughout middle school, our students work hard to develop a sense of self and start to become aware of their place in the world. Through reading classic novels, writing, and critical thinking, we explore questions of identity, work on interpersonal skills and explore how one adjusts to peer groups and pressure. We foster a love of reading, breed independence and talk about developing a greater sense of responsibility for behaviors and decisions.
In 8th grade, our theme for the year is ethical dilemmas and decision making. We read a variety of works keeping one eye on language and comprehension, and the other on the social and emotional growth of the characters by interviewing and putting ourselves in their shoes.