The subjects of Midot (character traits) and Jewish philosophy are addressed both in class and through topical discussions with visiting speakers. Students are encouraged to think, question, and reach a meaningful level of understanding about important Jewish matters.
Math: The Middle School has a spiral math curriculum which, in the sixth grade, reinforces the skills previously introduced at the elementary level. Seventh grade continues these skills in the context of pre-algebra and geometry. Algebra I is the course of study in eighth grade. Students are introduced to graphing equations, interpreting those graphs, and using these tools to solve everyday problems.
Social Studies: Our middle school social studies curriculum stresses the importance of connecting the past and present worldwide using a variety of sources. Our students study Ancient World history and United States history, with a focus on geography. Judaic history is incorporated in the curriculum throughout the year. Our social studies curriculum is taught using an interactive approach. Students discuss and analyze current events, learn how to interpret maps and graphs, and will become acquainted with the use of primary source documents, both historical and current. Student participation is encouraged in daily lessons, as well as in student presentations and projects.
Science: The Middle School science program includes units on the subjects of life science, human science, chemistry, physical science, environmental science, and earth science. The students gradually learn independence in the lab utilizing their measuring skills, microscope skills and growing knowledge of data collecting and interpretation. Through debates, research projects, surveys, and open-ended experiments, they learn to use critical thinking in the science classroom. The Middle School participates in the Science Fair which involves long term planning and organization, development of hypotheses, and the scientific method. In addition, our students thoroughly integrate computers and science, engaging in computer based projects that teach them to present data using Power Point, Microsoft Word and Excel software.