On any given day, middle school students might role play a simulated presidential debate between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams in 1800, collaborate as peer editors and reviewers on persuasive editorials to be submitted to The New York Times, compare the texture of machine-made ice cream vs. manually-made ice cream as part of a science fair project, or obtain and edit aerial footage from their drone as part of an 8th grade Capstone Project.
The academic program in the Middle School consists of a two-year sequence of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies and foreign language. All seventh graders take Spanish. Eighth graders may choose to take French. Each year all students are required to complete a course of study in art, music, technology, and health. Physical education, which includes swimming, is required of all students every other day for the entire year. Quarter or semester elective classes are offered each year by the Middle School faculty to supplement the academic program. These courses have included MathCounts, Destination Imagination, Robotics, Drama, and Steel Pan. All 8th graders complete a Capstone Project, a personalized, inquiry-based project which culminates in a Ted-Talk format presentation of their findings.
Denise Blanchette, Head of the Lower & Middle SchoolsGood Hope Country Day School RR #1 Box 6199 Kingshill, VI 00850 340.778.1974 ext. 2102 340.779-3331 fax firstname.lastname@example.org