The language arts program develops students’ proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking. In both seventh and eighth grades, students take two separate language arts classes: one focusing on literature studies, the other on grammar and composition. Forensics competition with schools in the Association of Virginia Academies offers wide-ranging opportunities for public performances.
The math curriculum, broad-based and concept-driven, develops students' reasoning and problem-solving skills and their ability to apply and use math principles practically. Courses: Pre-Algebra and Algebra I.
Life Science 7 and Earth Science 8 lay the groundwork for upper school studies that will ultimately prepare students for college work. In middle school, students learn basic scientific principles and methodology.
The social studies program entails Civics and Economics in seventh grade and World Geography in eighth grade. Students participate in map studies, special projects and presentations.
Eighth graders choose between Spanish and French. Seventh graders study Survey of International Cultures.
Computer labs contain networked PCs with filtered Internet access, color printers, digital cameras and camcorders. Each classroom is also equipped with computers with filtered Internet access. There is a campus wide wireless Meraki network for students, faculty, staff, and guests.
HEALTH and PHYSICAL EDUCATION
The PE curriculum promotes physical fitness and wellness. Students learn about proper conditioning, strength training, and sports skills by participating in interscholastic athletics and/or community recreation activities. The Health class, required in eighth grade, covers nutrition, fitness, personal health, basic anatomy and physiology, and issues related to alcohol and drug abuse.