St. Matthew's - Flipbook - Page 9
The English curriculum in the Middle School is driven by themes unique to the
developmental needs of each grade level. Students are provided with rich studies of a
variety of texts, mul!ple opportuni!es for expository, analy!cal, and crea!ve wri!ng, and
sequen!al study of vocabulary and grammar. Throughout the course of study, students
engage in oratorical contests, public speaking, performance, nature wri!ng and crea!ve
Fi%h Grade theme: “Our Changing World”
Guiding ques!ons: How does contact aect communi!es? How does change influence our
world? How does se&ng impact personal change?
Sixth Grade theme: “Coming of Age”
Guiding ques!ons: How does story help us to survive in the real world? How do countries
come of age? How does experience/rites of passage help us understand and confront
change? How do stories teach you about yourself?
Seventh Grade theme: “Conflict and Values”
Guiding ques!ons: How do environments aect/shape/construct one’s values? How do
stories help us make sense of the world? What happens when your personal values conflict
Eighth Grade theme: “The Moral Compass”
Guiding ques!ons: How do experience and knowledge inform one’s moral compass? How
do we reconcile external and internal paradoxes? How does the interplay of dreams,
oppression and societal pressure aect one’s moral compass?
Our program consists of two tracks that begin in sixth grade, the Honors Algebra track, and
the Geometry track:
Honors Algebra Track
•Founda!onal Math (6th)
•Honors Algebra (8th)
•Honors Algebra (7th)
•Geometry (8th Grade)
FI%h Grade students use the Everyday Math curriculum and are divided into three
heterogeneous groups of 1112 students per class with students rota!ng through the three
math teachers throughout the year. This structure gives more !me for students to develop
their math skills, and the smaller class sizes allow for increased a"en!on and dieren!a!on.
Living a life of curiosity guides the science program at St. Ma"hew’s. At all grade levels,
students are taught to approach the world with an inquisi!ve mind and learn how to ask
ques!ons, solve problems, and develop an engineering mind, while also learning specific
In Middle School, students study Earth Science (5th), Environmental Science (6th), Biology
(7th), Physics, Chemistry, and Innova!ons (8th). They learn how to conduct
experiments and write tradi!onal lab reports while also engaging in a variety of
projectbased engineering tasks.