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Middle School Curriculum

Middle School Curriculum

Middle School classes are small and discussion-based, with 12-16 students per teacher. This allows teachers to engage students in a dynamic learning process of interdisciplinary, project-oriented curricula that encourages students to be inquisitive, critical thinkers.

The three-year course of study exposes students to a broad knowledge base and readies them for the scholastic commitments expected in the Upper School.

Students are required to take a comprehensive academic program. In addition to the core curriculum, Middle School students study a foreign language (Mandarin and Spanish), computer science and the arts. Students are also immersed in New York City and the world around them through visits to locations such as Black Rock Forest, Clearpool Education Center, Boston and Washington D.C. 

Middle School Program Highlights

English

Middle School English prepares students with the skills to be successful writers, readers and literary critics.

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Math

In Middle School math, students master the concepts that will prepare them for higher mathematical thinking.

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Music

Throughout the Middle School music program, students grow as composers, singers and performers and develop literacy in reading and improvising music.

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Science

Middle School science courses are collaborative, project-based, and foster the development of independent scientific inquiry. 

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Social Studies

The social studies program promotes students’ ability to think critically and creatively, consider how people have pushed for equality throughout history, and become effective global citizens in an interdependent world.

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Theater

Middle School theater classes are available in playwriting, improvisational acting, theater games, production, puppetry and technical theater. 

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Visual Arts

Visual art classes are offered in drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, woodworking and animation.

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World Languages

Middle Schoolers at Calhoun have the option to study Mandarin or Spanish. Courses help students develop fluency, along with a love for languages and interest in Latin and Chinese cultures.

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