The Design of the Middle School Curriculum
Our Middle School philosophy of education is put into practice by organizing the curriculum around the following principles:
- a holistic view of education through which we aim to develop a well-balanced person with artistic, intellectual, physical and social skills;
- an interdisciplinary perspective which emphasizes the link between the subjects at each grade level;
- an intercultural awareness that leads students to value people’s differences;
- a greater emphasis upon mastery of life-long learning skills, such as research and communication skills, rather than on mastery of a pre-ordained body of knowledge; and
- the complete integration of information technology skills into the academic program.
Instruction is organized by the following subjects:
- the study of literature and of the fundamental skills of communication (via English);
- the study of a second modern language (French), the Social Studies (including History and Geography)
- a hands-on Science program (integrating biological, physical, earth and technological sciences), Mathematics
- the Arts (the fine arts, music, and theater);
- Physical Education, and
In the academic subject areas, our curriculum is designed to meet the standards currently established by the most demanding state and professional organizations in the United States, as well as preparing students for the option of the International Baccalaureate Diploma program.
Technology skills and digital citizenship expectations are seamlessly integrated in all facets of the curriculum. Students are expected to demonstrate a sound understanding of digital media to communicate and work collaboratively, locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources with creative thinking.
Students also think and reflect about the choices they make in the cyber world, themes include: safety, behavior, balance and the possibilities of technology. Students will also learn about the care and maintenance of their laptop computers. Please refer to the link: The ASP Middle School Laptop Program Handbook.
To dowload a coy of the following documents click onthe links below:
- 2015-16 Middle School Curriculum Guide
- Math in the Middle School
- Student Handbook - being updated for the 2016 2017 school year
- Sample Student Schedule
Explore our online curriculum pages:
- Grade 6
The Sixth Grade establishes the transition from the largely self-contained classes of the Lower School to the team-oriented approach of the Middle School. Read more
- Grade 7
Seventh graders, entering their teenage years, are in the middle of their Middle School experience. Our goal is to provide them with the skills and confidence that will ready them for the physical, intellectual, social, and emotional challenges of adolescence. Read more
- Grade 8
As emerging young adults, eighth graders need to be prepared for high school, with its greater academic demands and its need for more developed organizational and study skills. Read more
- EAL Program
- Mathematics in the MS
- Specialist Courses