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LMK Guide to Learning: Academics

Middle school emphasizes personalization, human development and multiple measures for growth and achievement.  We aspire to ensure every student maximizes their potential through an academically rigorous, differentiated and supportive learning environment. 

The curriculum continues to focus on the whole child, and emphasizes conceptual content and transdisciplinary skill development.  The academic program prepares students for the rigorous, performance-based expectations of the IB Middle Years Program while ensuring academic readiness for grade level standards established by the New York State Education Department. 

Students take an advanced mathematics curriculum culminating in the NYS Algebra I Regents Exam at the end of 8th grade. Students select a World Language to study and take exploratory courses in Digital Design, Design Technology,  the Arts and in Health Education.  Upon the successful completion of  Algebra I and the World Language, students proudly earn a high school credit for each course which counts towards their high school graduation requirements and overall high school GPA.

 A sequence of courses in middle school may look like this:

GRADE 6 
  • English Language Arts (ELA) 6
  • Social Studies 6
  • Math 6
  • Science 6
  • World Language: French, Italian or Spanish
  • Physical Education
  • Fine Arts Elective: Band, Chorus, General Music, Percussion or Orchestra
  • Quarterly rotational classes:  Art, Information Research, Digital Design and Design Technology
GRADE 7
  • English Language Arts (ELA)  7
  • Social Studies 7
  • Math 7
  • Introduction to Life Science
  • World Language: French, Italian or Spanish
  • Physical Education
  • Arts Elective: Band, Chorus, General Music, Percussion or Orchestra
  • Quarterly rotational classes: Art, Health, Digital Design and Design Technology
GRADE 8 
  • English Language Arts (ELA) 8
  • Social Studies 8
  • Algebra I
  • Introduction to Physical Science
  • World Language: French, Italian or Spanish
  • Physical Education
  • Arts Elective: Band, Chorus, Elective Art, , Percussion, Orchestra, or Theater
  • Quarterly rotational classes: Art, Health, Digital Design and Design Technology