The Middle School


The Middle School nurtures girls in grades 6 through 8 as learners, leaders, and friends, laying a strong foundation for success in a college-preparatory Upper School program. 

Our innovative curriculum features science courses such as Forensic Science in 7th grade and Engineering in 8th, as well as a Women in History course in 7th grade that cultivates the study of Greek. In 6th grade, students engage in a variety of project-based learning experiences that connect multiple disciplines, and have an introduction to coding.  Our 8th grade Civics course includes an in-depth examination of elections and participation in a mock trial. And also in 8th grade, our students also begin studying their World Language of choice, and enroll in math courses appropriate to their level—in some cases, in our Upper School. English courses incorporate the nurturing of confident public speaking and fluent writing. (See more curriculum details below.)

Outside the classroom, through small-group advising, field trips, Health and Wellness classes, arts and athletic opportunities, and community service, our middle school students develop at their own pace in the physical, social, and emotional realms. And, they have fun! 

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.

Linden Hall Course of Study


Linden Hall's Course of Study provides academic planning information and short course descriptions. For each department, a sequence of classes offered is provided to help with planning your progress. This booklet should be used in conjunction with individualized advising, as well as the Student Handbook, which provides additional information regarding Linden Hall’s requirements, programs, policy, and procedures.