Middle School

Embarking on a journey to new heights


The Middle School program is designed to be developmentally appropriate for students at each grade level. We understand that adolescence is marked by change: physical, intellectual, social, and emotional. It is a time for developing their sense of self, while maintaining a sense of belonging within the community. The girls are growing and maturing at different rates and, therefore, our program has both structure and flexibility. In each grade, students participate in a Health and Wellness course to support their individual needs and provide a safe environment to discuss topics important to them. We also emphasize the importance of giving back to others, within and beyond our School community, and require all girls to complete community service hours.

The main goal of the Middle School is to lay the groundwork for success in the upper grades, focusing primarily on developing the skills of independent and critical thinking, clear and concise writing, precision and accuracy, confident public speaking, responsible behavior, and thoughtful collaboration with peers. These goals are achieved through an academic program that offers classes in the core subjects of English, math, science, history, world languages (Spanish, French, Mandarin, Latin, and Greek), and the visual and performing arts. In lieu of traditional science classes in 7th and 8th grade, we offer forensic science and engineering. Student take Physical Education classes and may choose to participate in team sports, which cultivate a positive atmosphere by enhancing cooperation and school spirit among students.

Middle School Curriculum

Sixth Grade

Rising sixth graders will take the following courses:
  • English: English 6
  • Mathematics: Math 6 (Math 7 textbook)
  • History: Global Studies
  • Science: Environmental Science
  • World Languages: Latin
  • Arts: Sixth graders study the Language of Music, Theater Art, and Studio Art. They may also choose to participate, by audition, in the Middle School play.
  • Physical Education: All 6th graders participate in PE classes, and in addition, may choose to play Junior High team sports.
  • Health & Wellness: Sixth grade students approach appropriate topics in human development, reproduction, substance abuse, and mental health through our Health and Wellness program, held in weekly sessions throughout the year.

Seventh Grade

Rising seventh graders participate in the following coursework:
  • English: English 7
  • Mathematics: Usually Math 7 or Pre-Algebra. Students advance in their mathematics coursework; new students are placed via recommendation and testing.
  • History: Women in History
  • Science: Forensics
  • World Languages: Seventh grade students will continue with the study of classical languages with an introduction to the Greek language and culture. Students with experience in other languages are placed via testing.
  • Arts: Seventh grade students take Studio Art and may choose to participate by audition in the two-quarter-long winter Middle School Drama program.
  • Physical Education: Seventh graders take physical education or participate in Junior High team sports in lieu of P.E. , but only during the season when the sport occurs.
  • Health & Wellness: Seventh grade students approach appropriate topics in human development, reproduction, substance abuse, and mental health through our Health and Wellness program, held in weekly sessions throughout the year.

Eighth Grade

Rising eighth grade students will take the following classes:
  • English: English 8
  • Mathematics: Usually Pre-Algebra or Algebra 1. Students advance in their mathematics coursework based upon departmental recommendations; new students are placed via application recommendation and testing.
  • History: Civics
  • Science: Engineering
  • World Languages: Eighth grade students participate in one of the three modern language programs at Linden Hall: French, Mandarin, or Spanish. Students with experience in these languages are placed via testing.
  • Arts: Eighth grade students take Studio Art and may choose to participate by audition in the two-quarter-long winter Middle School Drama program.
  • Physical Education: Eighth graders take physical education or participate in Junior High team sports in lieu of P.E. , but only during the season when the sport occurs.
  • Health & Wellness: Eighth grade students approach appropriate topics in human development, reproduction, substance abuse, and mental health through our Health and Wellness program, held in weekly sessions throughout the year.



MIDDLE SCHOOL
(GRADES 6–8)

The Middle School at Linden Hall is dedicated to helping adolescent girls mature as learners, actors, artists, musicians, dancers, athletes, leaders, and friends. It is a warm and caring place where academics come first and girls are the focus – free of the social pressures that can exist in larger, co-ed schools.

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