6th - 8th Grade
Course Descriptions (General) - Middle School: 2022-2023 Academic Year
MS Language Arts
Middle School English harnesses an integrated cross curricular approach between literature/reading and writing. Students are exposed to a variety of genres and learn how to interact with advanced texts while methodically applying a diversity of comprehension strategies to make sense of text on explicit and implicit levels. Students will also develop new strategies in thesis development and academic composition.
The approach to Mathematics for middle school encourages students to begin working with symbols and graphs as they each respectively relate to study of Algebra and Geometry. Students will develop newer skills in problem-solving and critical thinking, especially in relation to Mathematics. The goal is to prepare students for concepts in Algebra 1; consequently, many of the topics covered in this course traverse concepts in Pre-Algebra.
MS Life Science
Life Science for middle school exposes students to a variety of scientific topics related to the biological processes and characteristics of life. This course reinforces material involving the study(s) of inheritance, taxonomy, ecology, health, and cellular anatomy / physiology. Likewise, students will be introduced to the scientific method, and expected to periodically apply it to certain situations established by the curriculum.
MS Social Studies
History comes to life as the students delve into historical perspectives and interact with the concepts of the time period. Students use a thematic approach to fully develop a deeper understanding of history by viewing time periods through multiple perspectives while also tying history to present day. The curriculum traverses major events across World, European and United States History, while periodically exploring Current Events as they relate to the topics being covered.
Students learn to utilize technology effectively by interacting with various programs in an effort to become masters of technology. This involves the compliment of our world languages component that encourages students to learn Spanish or French (Online). Targeted skills include but are not limited to reading, writing, and communicating the language(s). Through cross curricular projects students learn to skillfully incorporate technology from basic research to publication and presentation.
Students will be exposed to strategies in team sports as well as fundamental concepts involved in Health. Students will likewise be permitted to participate in outdoor sports-based activities when applicable to the curriculum.
For advanced middle school learners, students can opt to enroll in Algebra 1 and receive high school credit depending on academic performance. Students are required to harness previous skills established in Pre-Algebra and apply them to more complex problem sets. Topics will include but not be limited to: Real Numbers, Linear Equations, Linear Functions, Linear Inequalities, Exponential Equations, Exponential Functions, Polynomials, Factoring, Quadratic Equations, and Quadratic Functions. Students will be assessed of their understanding regarding said topics through practice assignments and exams.
Biology 1 Honors
For advanced middle school learners, students can opt to enroll in Biology 1 Honors and receive high school credit depending on academic performance. This challenging class explores the chemical and biological properties of life. Students will learn the various biochemical processes that foster development. Topics shall include but not be limited to: Chemistry of Life, Cellular Anatomy, Cellular Division, Metabolic Processes, Biodiversity, Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Ecology, Taxonomy, and Botany. Students will be assessed of their understanding regarding said topics through exams and research-based assignments. Concepts shall be applied through fundamental labs when appropriate.
Elite Academy School of Excellence offers numerous opportunities for student participation and leadership positions not only among their peers but also within the school community. The Student Council, and school sponsored organizations foster countless community service opportunities to advance the well-being of our community. Our inclusive sports and fine arts programs, which feature extensive opportunities for students in grades 6, 7, and 8, offer both boys’ and girls’ teams, clubs, and individual involvement. A personal relationship with a faculty member, through our Advisor/Advisee program, fosters personal growth and understanding of who the student is and what he or she is capable of achieving.
Students in grades 6th, 7th and 8th take a core set of courses in their three years. These include three years of English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies/History, and World Languages. In addition, each student is required to participate in at least one competitive team sport per year. Students are also scheduled into a variety of courses in Art and Music Appreciation, Technology, Career Studies, Physical Education, Research and Study Skills. For honors/advanced middle school learners, students can opt to enroll in high school mathematics and/or science. This will require the student to enroll in Algebra 1 and/or Biology 1 Honors. Students can receive high school credit pending successful completion of the aforementioned classes. Course descriptions for the 2022-2023 academic school year are above.