Middle School (6th-8th)
Middle School at West Sound Academy addresses the need for exploration while simultaneously providing a respectful, supportive, and inclusive environment. The Middle School course of study presents an important body of knowledge in a variety of modes of inquiry that foster learning and enhance understanding. The Middle School program aims to educate the whole child by weaving skill building in self-management and social and emotional awareness throughout the curriculum.
The curriculum in the Middle School is intended to meet the needs of students that arrive with a variety of elementary educational experiences. West Sound Academy's teachers nurture curiosity in 6th and 7th Graders while identifying student strengths and areas for growth.
Students in these grades are encouraged to build autonomy and independence, learning how to problem-solve and self-advocate. They develop tools to use in school and life, both for organization and social growth.
Eighth-grade students continue to develop their self-advocacy skills. They experience leadership opportunities with the Middle School group and have the support of Upper School mentors during multi-age electives and advisory groups. Eighth Graders continue with engaging coursework that lays the foundation for a successful transition to the Upper School. They leave eighth grade prepared to take on the rigor of college-prep coursework and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.
courses in the middle school academic program include:
English, Washington State History, World History Pre-1400, World History Post-1400
Latin I, Introduction to Computer Language and Logic, Introduction to Spanish (one year)
Marine Biology, Earth Science, Integrated Experimental Science
Middle School Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra
Visual Art, Music, Theatre Studies, Physical Education, Introduction to Technology, Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing
The Extended Research Project (ERP) requires students to apply academic research and writing skills to explore a topic of their choice within history (6-7th grade) and science (8th grade). The project culminates in school-wide presentation or performance that integrates skills across many subject areas.
Success in Middle School is based on a partnership between parents, teachers, and students and includes:
- An assigned Advisor to be a primary source of information and support for student and parent
- Consistent communication from teacher to parents through email, conferences, and report cards
- FACTS SIS, a school information system, providing information on homework, lunch orders, report cards, scheduling, and more — all in a single database accessible any time, anywhere via the Web.
- Student school email address
- Opportunities to attend events displaying student work or performances
- A safe environment for students to advocate for themselves with teachers and parents
- Community building and experiential learning activities