The Classical Curriculum and Choir School continues through Middle School.
Like the Elementary Program, the daily schedule begins with Choral Morning Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer. The school day is from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a balance of group work, individual work, and activity. High quality food service provides breakfast at 7:30 a.m., morning snack, lunch, and Afternoon Tea at 4:00 p.m. Another snack is set out at 5:00 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays are regular academic days with new material and concepts presented. Mondays are reading assignment days, lab days, outdoor activities, or museum or other field trip days. Special teachers present art and physical education as well as music.
The Middle School curriculum has several patterns.
The basal Lippincott readers are continued through Grade 6, and McGuffey readers, with short literary selections, are continued through Grade 8. The Wordly Wise series for vocabulary development is used in every grade. One or more authors are featured for each grade, and each grade represents one period in the sequence of history and literature.
The Singapore Math
The sequence requires a secure foundation for each level before beginning another. Therefore, students who are moving into this math program take a placement test for correct placement.
Descriptions of the levels are provided:
Topics include advanced work with decimals plus multiplication and division with two-digit multipliers and divisors. They work with percents and continue advanced work with fractions, geometry, and graphs. Time/rate/distance and other word problems are stressed. By the end students are working on beginning algebra concepts.
The courses/ textbooks for Grade 5 are as follows:
- READERS: Lippincott Book J, McGuffey’s Fourth Eclectic Reader
- VOCABULARY: Wordly Wise 5
- LITERATURE: AUTHORS: The study of C.S. Lewis: His life and writings. The Chronicles of Narnia. Seven titles.
- COMPOSITION: Classical Composition II: Narrative Stage
- LITERATURE: The Iliad & The Odyssey
- ABOUT GREECE: D’Aulaires Greek Myths, Famous Men of Greece, The Book of the Ancient Greeks
- HISTORY: Through the Greek Period: The Trojan War
- LATIN: Latina Christiana II.
- FRENCH: First Start French Level I
- SPANISH: Vamos Amigos 2
- BIBLE: Christian Studies II: Old Testament. The Rise & Fall of Israel, the Period of the Prophets
- MATH: Singapore Math 5: SCIENCE: Exploring the World of Medicine.
- GEOGRAPHY: Geography I: Middle East, North Africa, and Europe
A typical problem requires students to perform three different operations on four different fractions within a single problem, much like an advanced Algebra I type problem, although without variables. Common geometry problems are set up in proof-style format, although students are not required to present their solutions in that format.
The courses/ textbooks for Grade 5 are as follows:
- READERS: Lippincott Book K, McGuffey’s Fifth Eclectic Reader
- VOCABULARY: Wordly Wise 6
- LITERATURE: AUTHORS: The study of Robert Lewis Stevenson: His life and writings. Treasure Island, Kidnapped
- COMPOSITION: Classical Composition III: Chreia-Maxim
- HISTORY: The Anglo-Saxon Period: King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, Beowulf, Sir Gawain
- HISTORY: The Roman Period: Famous Men of Rome, Horatius at the Bridge, The Aeneid for Boys and Girls, The Aeneid, The Book of the Ancient Romans
- BIBLE: Christian Studies III: New Testament. All Major New Testament Stories
- LATIN: Ecce Romani
- FRENCH: Bien Dit!
- SPANISH: Viva el Espanol!
- MATH: Singapore Math 6.
- SCIENCE: Life Science
- GEOGRAPHY: Geography II: Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas
New Elementary Mathematics, by Singapore Math, first level. The first level includes basic operations, work with factors, multiples, fractions, decimals, and negative numbers. The next chapters move quickly through algebraic expressions into algebraic problem solving. The next chapter includes rate, raio, and percentage problems. The next chapter covers practical financial transactions such as discounts, commissions, profit and loss, interest, and taxes. The last chapters cover substantial geometry.
The courses/ textbooks for Grade 7 are as follows:
- READER: McGuffey’s Sixth Eclectic Reader
- VOCABULARY: Wordly Wise 7
- LITERATURE: AUTHORS: The study of Rudyard Kipling: His life and writings. Kipling Stories and Poems. From Just So Stories, The Jungle Book, Captain’s Courageous
- COMPOSITION: Classical Composition IV: Refutation-Confirmation
- MEDIEVAL LITERATURE: Canterbury Tales, Robin Hood, Tales From Shakespeare,
- As You Like It
- MEDIEVAL HISTORY: The Book of the Middle Ages, Famous Men of the Middle Ages, Makers and Milestones
- LATIN: Lingua Angelica II, Ecce Romani IB
- FRENCH: Bien Dit! II
- SPANISH: Converso Mucho
- MATH: New Elementary Mathematics, by Singapore Math, first level:
- SCIENCE: Earth Science
New Elementary Mathematics, by Singapore Math, second level. The second level includes more advanced algebra including exponents, quadratic equations, solving simultaneous linear equations, inequalities, and polynomials. Geometry continues but also includes trigonometry and “motion geometry”—reflection, rotation, translation, enlargement, and combination of transformations. Statistics are also included.
The courses/ textbooks forGrade 8 are as follows:
- VOCABULARY: Wordly Wise 8
- LITERATURE: AUTHORS: Study of Dante, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Bunyan, Defoe
- LITERATURE: TO THE MODERN AGE: Divine Comedy, The Canterbury Tales, Julius Caesar, Henry V, Paradise Lost, Pilgrim’s Progress, Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, continue with McGuffey’s Sixth Eclectic Reader
- COMPOSITION: Classical Composition V: Common Topic
- LATIN: Ecce Romani 2
- FRENCH: Bien Dit! II continue
- SPANISH: Somos Asi
- MATH: New Elementary Mathematics, by Singapore Math, second level
- SCIENCE: Physical Science
The Choir School
- The Choir School continues for boys and girls with daily services and classical repertoire.
© Margot Heard 2014