Middle School

Middle School

Quick Facts

Students in St. George’s Middle School program are engaged in a rich curriculum that seeks to stimulate a lifelong passion for learning. This is accomplished in an environment that fosters accessibility to teachers and small class sizes in a familial atmosphere. Students’ intellectual curiosity, self-expression, creativity, and desire for exploration are nurtured daily.

Organization, courage, attentiveness, faith, persistence, flexibility, positive attitude, generosity, and responsibility are key traits students develop that enable their individual success. Additionally, they focus on critical thinking skills and are encouraged to investigate new ways of applying what they learn to their lives and the world outside the classroom.

St. George’s Middle School is an academically challenging program that builds on the skills and foundation acquired in the Lower School Program. The Middle School continues to educate students in Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, Science, Spanish, Music, Art, Bible & Ethics, and P.E. Additionally, students participate in field trip experiences, athletics and extra-curricular studies that serve as an extension of the classroom experience. Students are motivated and encouraged to strive for excellence and to be aware of the unlimited opportunities available to them.

Curriculum Highlights

Language Arts

The middle school language arts curriculum builds on the foundational skills taught in lower school. Students are given a firm grounding in grammar, usage, and mechanics, and they also learn strategies for acquiring and using new vocabulary. The writing curriculum challenges students to use these skills in a concrete way, while at the same time teaching them to draft well-developed, organized, and interesting essays in a variety of genres. The reading curriculum uses short stories, poetry, books, plays, and traditional stories to further develop comprehension strategies and analytical skills. These four areas of instruction work together to help students develop critical thinking and communication skills.

Science

The goal of middle school science is to make high school science easy. This rigorous curriculum is accomplished through a hands-on, minds-on approach. Students regularly engage in experiments and projects, and are asked to think critically and apply their knowledge. Sixth grade focuses on the five kingdoms and systems of the body. Seventh grade focuses on earth science, including plate tectonics, soil, weather, and space. The eighth grade focuses on chemistry and physics including Newton’s Laws of Motion, the periodic table, the Law of Conservation of Energy, and thermal energy.

Spanish

Students in middles school will begin acquiring the language at the novice level through communicating with their teacher and peers in the target language. Instruction is guided by Dr. Stephen Krashen’s theory of Second Language Acquisition (SLA) theory and uses comprehensible input (CI) to build student’s language proficiency as effectively as possible. The class will be conducted primarily in Spanish to give students a language-rich environment in which they can successfully begin their language acquisition journey. Students will focus primarily on the interpretive and interpersonal modes of communication. At the novice level, students learn to communicate on a variety of highly familiar topics and areas of personal interest using highly practiced words, phrases and sentences. Students in the 8th grade will also begin studying more formal elements of the language in preparation for high school.

Beyond the Classroom

Students take learning outside the classroom in Middle School. Students have taken lifetime opportunity trips as well as day trips to further study a topic. Trips have included:

  • Solar Eclipse Viewing Trip to North Georgia
  • Camp Kanuga
  • Cumberland Island
  • Epcot by the Sea
  • Washington D.C.

New Beginnings Retreat

Middle School students are given the opportunity to participate in a retreat each year. They study the intersection of faith and life and topics include family relationships, peer pressure, coping with change, developing a prayer life, and the meaning of grace. They experience a loving, supportive community of their peers, older teenagers, and adults.