Middle School Curriculum Overview

All students in the Middle School take a core selection of courses. All students take math, science, English/language arts, and social studies. In addition to these courses, all students take a world language, health and wellness, and physical education.

Grade 6 students all take a semester of drama and art. Grade 6 students choose either choral music or band as a year-long elective. In Grades 7 and 8, students may select the encore classes they wish. Band, Choir and Art are year-long electives.

In April of each year, Middle School students select their electives for the following year. Students enroll in the core subjects as well as a maximum of two encore classes per semester. The MS Principal and Counselor present students with their options and help answer questions and make selections as students and parents decide on which courses they would like to take.


ENCORE CLASSES

Encore classes are offered so students may experience and understand the importance of learning through a variety of mediums. Encore course choices may include technology, drama, art, band, choir, guitar, and design technology. To learn the specific electives offered in the Middle School, please see the course description handbook, which is posted on the website and updated each April, or see the Principal or Counselor.


WORLD LANGUAGES

Middle school students are required to take a world language. Currently Spanish, French, Arabic as a Native Language (ANL) and Arabic as a Foreign Language (AFL) are offered. Once a world language has been chosen it must be taken throughout the student's middle school years. Students from Arab countries are required by the U.A.E. Ministry of Education to enroll in Arabic as a foreign or native language. New or additional world languages may be taken once the student has entered high school.


OASIS

In addition to our academic classes, each middle school student is enrolled in an Oasis class. Oasis classes are our advisory class, the purpose of which is for each student to have one trusted adult who knows them beyond their academic life. We look to help students connect with each other and to foster social and emotional growth during this time, as well as help students feel a part of a community. Students meet in their Oasis classes for 20 minutes every day. Once a week, all middle students gather together for a student-council led assembly.