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Middle School

Middle School (6-8)

Each student in the Middle School is encouraged to develop a sense of their individual strengths as they learn new material and master new intellectual, social and physical skills. Through a variety of subjects, students reason logically, communicate their thoughts clearly, and use factual information to test and support their ideas. The curriculum takes into account the varying rates of speed at which children mature and APU is as concerned with the personal development of its students as with their intellectual growth.

Math

This course reviews and builds on concepts learned in Math 5. Students will further develop understanding of decimals and fractions, as proficiency in these two concepts are vital for higher levels of math. Other topics include measurements, geometry, proportions, simple statistics, and operations with integer, area, and surfaces area.

Language Arts

Language Arts 6 enables students to master previously learned skills in more complex reading selections and written work. Students learn strategies to respond to different types of literature. The literature selection focuses on a deeper understanding of issues regarding race, gender, and culture to foster critical thinking. 

 

Students analyze and seek to understand the author’s point of view and choice of language. Throughout the year, emphasis is on writing, and students become familiar with the writing process from note taking and drafting to editing, proofreading, and finalizing their work. Students adhere to conventions of accepted English while studying the roots, prefixes, and suffixes, of words to better develop their vocabulary. Students master spelling rules to build from when they discover new words. Students write journals and keep track of outside reading on a weekly basis. 

Social Studies

Social Studies 6 is a course that acquaints students with important cultures and civilizations of the world. In the first semester, students compare and contrast studying the world’s first civilizations in Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, and China. The emphasis on the remainder of the semester is the ancient world and classical civilizations that set the foundations for the modern world. Second semester begins with the medieval period and the rise of Europe and continues through accomplishments and challenges into the 21st century.  

Science

Science 6 focuses on physical science at a deeper level and includes the following units: Simple Machines, Properties of Matter, Basic Chemistry, Magnetic and Electrical Energy, Heat, Light, Waves Sound, and Forces and Motion. 

Math

Math 7 provides students with a final review of foundational concepts learned in previous years and begins to take a closer look at algebra. Topics covered include statistics, percentages, number patterns, probability, volume, and solving and graphing simple linear equations. Upon completion of the course, students will be assessed on their algebra readiness. Based on the assessment results, students will be placed in one of two grade 8 classes: Pre-Algebra or Algebra I. 

Pre-Algebra

Prerequisite: Math 6 & Assessment Test

In this course, students experience an overview of a range of math concepts that are essential for future success in high school mathematics. Students will focus on number sense and opera patterns and sequences, statistics, graphs and charts, proportional and spatial reasoning, and algebra concepts. Students qualify for Pre-Algebra based on the math placement test and teacher recommendation.

Language Arts

Language Arts 7 provides students with opportunities to develop their writing skills along with reviewing grammar through a range of writing experiences designed to enable students to write for various purposes. Through a graded spelling program, students reinforce spelling vocabulary, and proofreading skills. Reading comprehension and vocabulary are further developed as students learn to identify and analyze the style and content of various literary genres. 

Social Studies

Social Studies 7 investigates the geography, history, governments, and cultures of North America, Europe, Asia, and the Pacific islands. As students read each textbook chapter or seek information for independent research projects, they build reading comprehension and increase their note taking skills by following different note-taking formats. Using cooperative learning techniques, students locate, record, share, and analyze the information they acquire as they research. 

 

Science

Science 7 focuses on life science at a deeper level and includes the following topics; Plants, Organisms, Human Body Systems, the Animal Kingdom, and Ecosystems. 

 

Math

Pre-Algebra

Prerequisite: Math 6 or Math 7

In this course, students experience an overview of a range of math concepts that are essential for future success in high school mathematics. Students will focus on number sense and opera patterns and sequences, statistics, graphs and charts, proportional and spatial reasoning, and algebra concepts. Students qualify for Pre-Algebra based on the math placement test and teacher recommendation.

Algebra I

Prerequisite: Pre- Algebra & Assessment Test 

This course presents the basic concepts of algebra. Concepts studied include working polynomials; solving equations using formulas; graphing linear equations; solving linear systems; simplifying and solving quadratic expressions and equations; and working with basic functions. The course emphasizes problem solving for the application of real life situations. 

Language Arts

Language Arts 7 provides students with opportunities to develop their writing skills along with reviewing grammar through a range of writing experiences designed to enable students to write for various purposes. Through a graded spelling program, students reinforce spelling vocabulary, and proofreading skills. Reading comprehension and vocabulary are further developed as students learn to identify and analyze the style and content of various literary genres. 

Social Studies

Social Studies 8 is a survey course of the history of America from prehistory to the present. Emphasis is placed on personalities and events that shaped the American character and the Constitution. Maps, charts, and pictures help students explore a fascinating account of U.S. history. 

Science

Science 8 addresses earth science on a deeper level and covers the following topics: Rocks and Minerals; the Earth’s Surface; the Solar System; the Earth and its Resources; Oceans and Water; and Earth’s Weather including Earthquakes, Tornadoes, and Volcanoes. 

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