Innovative Middle School
Middle School is an exciting time of transition in many ways, but it’s also a complicated one, and students need help navigating the many aspects of this passage from childhood into young adulthood. As a School, we can best serve our students by providing them with opportunities to grow in body, mind, and spirit.
GRADE 6 CORE CLASSES
Core classes, humanities and STEM, taught in time blocks
GRADES 7 AND 8 ELECTIVE COURSES
Nine-week elective courses for seventh and eighth-grade students
The middle school supplements classroom instruction with learning expeditions utilizing in-depth investigations of real-world topics across multiple subject areas
Daily physical education classes in addition to exercise and athletic activities after lunch
Tutoring offered by learning support specialist during school day
|6th Grade||7th Grade||8th Grade|
|Language Arts||Humanities 6
Introduction to Spanish
|Language Arts 7||Language Arts 8|
|Social Studies||Latin America and
New Mexico History
|Science||STEM 6||Earth Science||Physical Science|
|Math||Math Foundations or
|Physical Education||Team Sports or Strength & Conditioning|
|Religious Education||Introduction to the Bible||Ethics and Morality||World Religions|
Intro to Choir
Intro to Drama
Intro to Choir
Intro to Drama
MIDDLE SCHOOL CURRICULUM
Menaul’s Middle School is a program crafted to meet the developmental needs of early adolescents. While the Middle School years can be a turbulent time for many children and their families, it’s also a time of profound opportunity to help students develop into strong students, caring friends, and responsible community members. As a School, we can best serve our students by providing them with opportunities to grow in body, mind, and spirit.
Physically, students are supported with opportunities to move throughout the day, daily physical education, and opportunities to hone teamwork and athletic skills with organized sports. Providing students with the tools to stay physically (as well as emotionally) healthy is another way support their physical development, particularly in this developmental period marked by so much change.
In the academic realm, students are synthesizing the knowledge that they’ve already developed in elementary school, at the same time that they are expanding their horizons with new challenges and experiences. Our Middle School structure affords students and teachers both the time and structure needed to examine subjects in a multidisciplinary and holistic way, helping students to examine questions and find solutions with context. Our goal is for the strong foundation that our students build here to support them well into high school and beyond, pairing curiosity about the world with the strong study skills and habits of mind needed for success.
Students’ spiritual education is geared toward helping them find meaning in the world, an understanding of self, and ethical ways of interacting with others. Spiritual education is accomplished formally in religious studies classes, which include Biblical foundations, ethics, and world religions. Informally, helping students’ to develop spiritually – with all that entails – is part of classroom interactions, conversation, and all-school programming throughout the school day.