Equipped by a curriculum designed to provide opportunities for critical judgment, problem-solving skills, and self-advocacy, our Middle Years students expand their abilities for in-depth learning, reflection, and action. They grow to embrace a sense of commitment and responsibility toward themselves, their community, and the larger world, stepping into leadership roles within High Meadows as mentors and role models for younger students.
Students in Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth grades acquire a solid academic grounding in the core subject areas: English, math, social studies, science, and Spanish within a structure of themes. Cross-disciplinary projects and investigations help students identify the interconnectedness of the world and people around them. As a result, High Meadows graduates are known to be exceptional critical thinkers, writers, innovators, communicators, and self-advocates.
Our Middle Years classrooms are lively—filled with conversation, collaboration, and creativity. Teachers value students as individuals, nurturing self-awareness and empowering them to take responsibility for their learning. As students engage in increasingly abstract and sophisticated knowledge development, they expand their ability to manipulate and connect ideas and apply knowledge to solve problems and critically evaluate issues.
Teachers organize lessons using a variety of approaches including small group activities, discussion, lectures, individual conferencing, and research, responding to the needs of the class and individual students. Communication skills develop as students write, read, discuss, listen, and employ technology tools to express themselves.
Throughout the year, students enroll in a variety of electives called mini-courses. These classes offer a wider variety of opportunities to be introduced to something new or pursue a passion. A few classes are required of all students to ensure they acquire necessary skills and exposure to technology, visual arts, performing arts, and physical education; others provide opportunities to further develop an area of interest or encounter new subjects.
Course offerings vary from year-to-year, but the mainstays include debate, music/band ensembles, technology, life skills, theatre and production programs, philosophy, fine arts, product design, outdoor living skills, yearbook staff, etc. During the course of a school year, students complete the equivalent of 12 mini-courses.