Middle School

Core Academics

Middle School students in grades 6 through 8 take five core academic courses: study of the Humanities via explorations in English and History, Mathematics, Science, and World Language. Coursework is rigorous and creative; with a focus on skill development and analytical thinking. To enrich daily student learning, academic courses are balanced with Music, Physical Education, and elective courses.

Our 7th graders perform 39% higher in Math, 34% higher in Verbal Reasoning, and 43% higher on Quantitative Reasoning in comparison to the national average.


Bottle Rockets

The Rocket Project is a multi-disciplinary activity in which teams work cooperatively to envision their rocket, design a corporation to create a prototype, draw from their scientific skills to maximize flight duration, and engage their math skills to measure distance and velocity. Launch day is exciting and nerve-wracking, as any should be.

Bottle Rockets

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One Act Plays

Our 7th grade Drama curriculum has students write one-act plays organized around a theme. Each trimester, a group of 7th graders creates, staffs, and directs their productions for an audience of their peers and their parents. The next year, in 8th grade, Drama students work with the plays of William Shakespeare, learn the bard’s famous lines, and perform a condensed Shakespeare play.

International Travel

Our 7th grade Drama curriculum has students write one-act plays organized around a theme. Each trimester, a group of 7th graders creates, staffs, and directs their productions for an audience of their peers and their parents. The next year, in 8th grade, Drama students work with the plays of William Shakespeare, learn the bard’s famous lines, and perform a condensed Shakespeare play.

International Travel

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Adventure Learning

To complement daily Innovation & Ideas learning, in the spring semester the Middle School takes a break from daily classes and devotes time to immersion in a whole new topic. We call it Adventure Week and students in grades 5-8 have the chance to try their hand at something new. Teachers develop courses that excite them and share their excitement with their students. Recent Adventure Week classes include Dissection, Fishing, The Psychology of Superheroes, Baseball Statistics, Photography, and Prep Scouts. Adventure Week learning is fun, builds student interest in a new topic, and enriches the Middle School experience.

Music

All Middle School students take music class as part of their core schedule. Students may choose between Band, Choir, or Orchestra. Music classes practice songs for both pleasure and performance. Twice a year, students participate in concerts for parents and family members.

Athletics

Daily Middle School Physical Education class offers 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students the opportunity to join athletic teams with their peers, practice their sport, and then compete against other middle schools in the area. Middle school students are excited to put on their first Rutgers Prep jersey and participate in one of the more than ten team sports available to the students over the three athletic seasons.

6th Grade

Research indicates that students from ages 9-13 are confronted with daily challenges to their sense of self-worth, self-image, and place in community. Our college prep curriculum identifies opportunities for our students to locate positive experiences that assist students in their self-discovery while developing and practicing productive, effective habits for college and for life. With the small classes and real world diversity at our Middle School, students learn how to be confident leaders in their community.

Daily

Humanities
Pre-Algebra 6
Science
Spanish
Physical Education
Band, Choir or Orchestra

Cycle

Art
Latin
Citizen Kid

7th Grade

Daily

English
Algebra 1 or Algebra 1A
US History
Science
Spanish or Latin
Physical Education
Band, Choir or Orchestra


Cycle

Values & Choices
Art
Drama
Robotics

8th Grade

Daily

English
Algebra 1, Algebra 1B or Geometry
US History
Science
Spanish or Latin
Physical Education
Band, Choir or Orchestra

Cycle

Art
Drama
IPad Apps
Persuasive Writing

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