Each Middle School grade includes the four core subjects—language arts, math, science, and social studies—along with music, art, and five world language options. Each course continues to be flexibly paced, allowing students to move at the speed that best suits their needs, and nearly all K12 courses are complemented by hands-on materials. In Middle School, students are challenged to examine more in-depth topics, such as:
- English: Literary interpretation, analytical writing, and oral communication skills
- Math: Problem-solving skills in geometry, algebra, probability, and statistics
- Science: Earth, physical, and life science at standard or advanced levels
- Social studies: Interconnected surveys in American and world history, from prehistoric to modern times
- World languages: Competency-level language development in Spanish, French, German, Latin, or Chinese
- Music: Exploration of famous composers and their works
- Art: Studies of great works of art, and the artists and cultures behind them
As in Lower School, the parent/Learning Coach continues to work closely with his or her student to facilitate progress through the daily lessons, and each online course provides suggested lesson plans for the week, which the Learning Coach can easily adjust.
In grades 6–8, the parent’s role adjusts to approximately 2 to 4 hours per day, as students take on more independent learning. This helps ensure that students master more complex ideas—like algebra, literary analysis, world history, and physical science—and feel prepared for Upper School. Teachers help students with challenging topics by, for instance, offering live online tutoring sessions.
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Middle School Sample Lessons
Try It Out: The best way to understand the K12 program is to try it out! Take a look at some lessons that our Middle School students experience.