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 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. We aim to meet the needs of all learners whether remedial or advanced.
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.
The instruction emphasis is an understanding of world culture and basic conversation.The Rosetta Stone program allows students to choose from 15 different languages to study.
Off-Campus Educational Opportunities
Grade 6 –El Camino Pines Outdoor School
6th grade continues Laurel Hall’s long tradition of offering overnight trips that allow our students to grow as individuals, as well as a community. The El Camino Pines Outdoor School in the Los Padres National Forest is a three night adventure that emphasizes growth in teamwork, spirituality, and scientific knowledge.
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.