Mathematics: The middle school mathematics program strives to provide each student with the opportunity to reach his own level of excellence while ensuring all our students secure a mathematical literacy and solid foundation - from basic problem solving and a variety computational skills to abstract reasoning - necessary to undertake a college-preparatory math curriculum. In aligning our program and expectations with that of the upper school courses, middle school students who excel in math can join their upper school peer while those who need more attention and time are given individualized support. Throughout, students are encouraged to apply mathematical concepts in other academic areas and appreciate the purpose and power of the world's most precise natural science.
Mathematics Courses: Math 6; Math 7; Pre-Algebra; Algebra I; Geometry; Honors Geometry with Trigonometry; Algebra II/Trigonometry; Honors Algebra II/Trigonometry.
Science: The underlying goal of the middle school science program is to foster the natural curiosity that young men have for the world around them. The boys are innately interested in the how, why, and what of the world around. We look to capitalize on this by creating a hands-on, real-world based science program. Through a lab-based curriculum students learn the skills necessary to be successful in the college preparatory science program in the upper school.
Science Courses: Life Sciences 6; Earth Sciences 7; Introduction to Astronomy, Physics, and Chemistry 8.
The STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Innovation Program: For middle schoolers who want to intensify their education in science and mathematics, we offer the new STEAM Innovation Program, which capitalizes on our boys' natural inclination for tinkering, designing, and building. With course offerings based in STEAM principles, the program focuses on essential 21st century skills including creative thinking, intellectual risk-taking, complex communications, digital literacy, adaptability, and collaboration.
STEAM Courses: All STEAM course are organized into trimesters so that each student can participate in at least three different courses in a variety of courses throughout the year.
English: Our goal is to foster literacy in its fullest sense so our middle school students develop reading, writing, speaking, listening, and critical thinking skills resulting in a confident command of college level competencies. The students read literature ranging from the traditional canon to modern texts that have cultural relevancy. In our student-centered classes, we place a high value on making all texts accessible to and meaningful for our students so that our middle schoolers are confident in their capacity to analyze, interpret, and discuss literature. The middle school writing program sets benchmarks that prepare students for the expectations of the college-preparatory curriculum in the high school with demonstrated mastery in: developing a thesis statement, constructing an outline, and defending their interpretations with textual support as well as proper annotation. The direct instruction of grammar and vocabulary is an integral component in the development of our students as writers. Language Lab for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders allow students to further advance their reading fluency, literary analysis, and applied writing strategies.
English Courses: English 6; English 7; English 8; Language Lab 7-8
History: As the study of the past helps shape an understanding of society's present-day challenges, our curriculum focuses on developing in each out students an understanding and appreciation for history as well as a tolerance and acceptance of divergent beliefs, ideals, and opinions. The middle school history curriculum focuses on building base knowledge and skills, which will allow students to delve into the complexities of a rigorous upper-school curriculum. These skills include note-taking, research, expository writing, global awareness, cultural understanding, and critical thinking.
History Courses: Global Studies 6; Ancient Mediterranean History and Culture 7; Modern American History and Civics 8.
World Language: The world language program provides an opportunity for middle school students to develop essential grammar and language skills while gaining a broader perspective on various cultures around the world. For those students who qualify for a language exemption in the middle school, we offer an English based language lab program in which students have the opportunity to develop stronger grammar and language skills in preparation for the world language requirements in high school.
World Language Courses: Spanish (Grade 6); Spanish and Latin (Grade 7); Spanish I, Latin I or French I (Grade 8); Language Lab (Grades 6-8)
Library: Independent reading courses offered by the library department offer students an opportunity to develop good reading habits that encourage them to become lifelong readers. Students are exposed to a wide variety of genres. Most classes are structured with set-aside time for independent reading, class discussions and book talks
Library Courses: Independent Reading 7-8.
Fine and Performing Arts: The middle school places a high value on the arts. All middle school students take music and visual arts courses throughout the year. Our arts programs are skill-development based. The visual arts curriculum focuses on teaching students the concepts of perspective, form, shape, texture, and value. Through middle school music courses, students learn the fundamentals of reading and writing music, including note values, measures, and scales. The students also perform music together with sixth graders in a choir, seventh graders playing guitar and piano, and eighth graders playing handchimes.
Fine and Performing Arts Courses: Art 6-8; Music 6-8; Chorus 6-8; Middle School Jazz Band 6-8.
Physical Education and Athletics: We believe that students benefit from structured daily exercise as part of their development as healthy, well-rounded young men. In the middle school, students are required to participate in athletics each day. Through physical education classes, students are encouraged to set personalized goals for improvement, whether that involves basic and complex motor skills, teamwork, sportsmanship, or leadership development.
In addition to this physical education program, Boys' Latin offers a wide range of interscholastic and intramural sports to our middle school students: cross country, football or soccer in the fall; basketball, ice hockey, or junior league wrestling in the winter; and baseball, lacrosse, or tennis in the spring. Each student participates in the sport of his choosing for one hour each day; if a student opts out of playing on an interscholastic team, he participates in physical education.