Our middle school grades use a literature-based approach to language, integrating it with sciences, math, and social studies. The English curriculum includes vocabulary, grammar, reading, writing and public speaking. Our program is departmentalized, which serves as preparation for public and private high schools.
Our math program allows students to recognize and appreciate the vital role of mathematics plays in the real world. Using the common core standards, we strive to make mathematics useful and accessible to every student. Laurel Hall offers programs in pre-Algebra and Algebra in the 7th and 8th grades respectively.
Middle school science includes a study of living things on earth, journey into space, simple organisms, microbiology, astronomy, chemistry, physics, oceanography, and genetics. Project-based learning and science labs help to reinforce concepts.
History and Social Studies
Our middle school World History and American History curriculum programs are a compilation of critical thinking and the relationship of historical events that relate to our past and our present existence. The textbooks maintain consistency from seventh to eighth grade as to historical chronology of European and American events. The time frame ranges from the Roman Empire to present day. All cultures are represented and discussed through history and current events.
Spanish, French, and Mandarin are part of the middle school elective rotation. The instruction emphasis is an understanding of world culture and basic conversation.
Off-Campus Educational Opportunities
Grade 6 –Outdoor Adventure Camp studying environmental education and team cooperation in a Christian environment.
Grade 7 - Catalina Island Marine Institute studying marine biology.
Grade 8 - Washington, D.C. and the historic east coast to study our country's heritage.
All students participate in our Fine Arts program. Students may choose from a variety of fine arts choices, including band, bells, strings, guitar, drama, and dance.
In sixth grade, students concentrate on the Old Testament and the Bible as history. In seventh grade students concentrate on the New Testament and, specifically, the teachings of Jesus and in eighth grade students learn how to apply Christian values to life in the real world through exploring social justice and being of service. All students in middle school are required to do community service as part of the Bible curriculum.
Model United Nations
We participate in the California YMCA Youth and Government Model United Nations program, which is a simulation of the real-life United Nations Assembly. Participants in Model United Nations will take part in some of the activities that the real UN participates in. Delegates will research, debate and establish policies, treaties and resolutions focusing on international issues, including disputes between countries, peace-keeping responsibilities, border crisis, stabilizing financial markets and dealing with hunger, disease and poverty.
Associated Student Body (ASB)
Middle School students are encouraged to participate in ASB as long as they are in good academic standing. Students are elected by popular vote and the voting is conducted online and is monitored by the teacher supervising ASB, as well as a second impartial person, if necessary.
Our Middle School students have the opportunity to choose Gardening as one of their STEM electives. The class meets once a week and the students work to improve areas, both new and existing, throughout the campus. The students have created a garden where they propagate plants from cuttings as well as grow new vegetables and flowers from seeds. They learn to appreciate the effort it takes to maintain a sustainable garden through appropriate plant selection, organic fertilization and pest management. Water conservation and irrigation techniques are explored and applied which raises their awareness of responsible water usage. Working in the garden offers our students a chance to unplug, get their hands dirty and garner self-confidence, patience and pride in growing their garden.