Middle School Curriculum
Middle School Curriculum Overview
The Quake Valley Middle school curriculum emphasizes the development of the whole child providing opportunities for students to explore new concepts, create meaningful connections and collaborate with other students and teachers to experience relevant learning. The Quaker Valley Middle School provides a variety of instruction to meet the needs of adolescent learners.
Teams of teachers serve each grade level. The teams meet regularly to discuss curriculum, instruction, team activities and ways of supporting students. The teams take a highly personal approach to knowing every child individually, and this collaboration is key to developing a supportive, caring environment for all students.
All students receive high-quality instruction in language arts and writing, mathematics, science and social studies. Additionally, all students participate in world language. In sixth grade, students experience a “sampler” course consisting of German, French, and Spanish. By seventh grade, students elect their language of study for the next two years.
Exploratory classes are designed to provide students with exposure to other high interest learning. Exploratory classes may include Family Consumer Science, art, digital design, music theory, general music and technology education. At some point in their middle school experience, all students will have exposure to all of these exploratory classes. By eighth grade, students may also choose between a few. All students are required to participate in at least one of the performing arts courses: chorus, band (instrumental music) or orchestra each year. Many students choose more than one and are encouraged to do so. All students participate in Physical Education and Health instruction during this critical and impressionable period of growth.
Middle School Course Levels
All subjects taught at Quaker Valley Middle School are indexed to indicate areas and levels as follows:
2000 – Intervention and Skill Development
3000 – Academic
4000 – Advanced Readiness & Accelerated
7000 – Courses related to co-curricular activities
9000 – Exploratory
The varied needs of middle school students require flexible, engaging academic learning environment. Highly qualified and capable, caring teachers deliver excellent instruction in an exceptionally nurturing environment. All Quaker Valley Middle School students benefit from appropriately challenging, rigorous classroom experiences.
Most courses are taught at the 3000 and 9000 levels. The courses in the 2000 or 4000 series are structured based on the abilities of the students.
The material covered in a 4000 level course will be of greater scope and depth than a similar course offered at the 3000 level. The advanced readiness classes provide differentiation for high-end learners while academic level courses meet the needs of the majority of middle school students. Specialized skills-level classes also are available for more intense study with students requiring special interventions in reading and mathematics.