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Chadwick Middle School introduces students to a new level of academic challenge through enhanced course offerings in preparation for advanced coursework in the Upper School. Our students are learning by "doing," and as a result, they gain a deeper more conceptual understanding of the lessons. As they take on each new challenge and experience, our mentor teachers and fellow students help build character and support every step of the way.
Middle School is a time of tremendous intellectual, emotional and physical growth and change. What remains constant at Chadwick is our supportive community and our regular discussion and emphasis on our core values, which leads to students' understanding, espousal and integration of these values into their daily lives.
Chadwick Middle School students have numerous opportunities to express their creativity through projects and collaboration.
All Chadwick 7th graders take the following subjects:
Introduces students to foundational learning habits, literary concepts, and reading and writing skills that set them up for success in the Middle School, Upper School, and beyond. Both English 7 and World History 7 explore the relationship between “civilization” and “citizenship” in order to understand factors that shape identity and perspective. Through cultural storytelling, nonfiction and fiction texts, and early world and American history, students analyze different types of civilizations and how communities operate. Students are placed in language courses based on the best match between their intellectual needs and the available curriculum.
Introduces students to the skills, concepts and methodologies necessary for the study of history. During the first semester, Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt serve as case studies for in-depth analysis, with particular emphasis placed on the social, political, intellectual, cultural, and economic aspects of these ancient civilizations. This "SPICE" framework will be used to evaluate societies in all history classes in the Middle and Upper Schools. The second semester is devoted to the study of ancient Greece and Rome, with a continued focus on the categories of SPICE and the relationship between these ancient cultures and contemporary society. Students are introduced to the major skills of historical inquiry, including critical thinking, reading, writing, research and public speaking. Throughout the year, creative projects stimulate students' imaginations while giving them practice in using academic skills.
Integrated Life Science
The seventh-grade science curriculum introduces students to key topics in the life sciences and connects those topics to foundational ideas in the physical sciences. Seventh grade students can expect an engaging, hands-on immersion in life science. This skills-based course uses a variety of resources to meet and exceed California state science education standards for seventh-graders, and the course frequently takes advantage of the natural laboratory found in the restored canyon ecosystem adjacent to our campus.
Spanish or French or Mandarin Chinese
Students are placed in math courses based on the best match between their intellectual needs and the available curriculum. All 7th grade math courses allow students to progress to the highest levels of math in the Upper School. Middle School math courses include Pre-Algebra A, Pre-Algebra B, Algebra 1A, Algebra 1 and Algebra 1 Honors.
The 7th grade Life Skills class meets weekly all year long in order to provide a broad scope of health, wellness and social-emotional life skills. This class is separated by gender and is sometimes process-oriented in order to build rapport and foster community. Some of the topics covered in this class include: study skills, stress management, resilience and coping strategies, friendship and ethical dilemmas, relational aggression and bullying, core values and empathy, cyber-life management, self-esteem and peer pressure are among the many topics that are discussed.
During grades 7 and 8, all Chadwick Middle School students are required to take at least two trimesters of visual art courses (ptions include Studio Art, Ceramics, Photography, Mixed Media, and/or Sculpture and Design), either a year of Orchestra or a trimester of Music Composition/Appreciation, one trimester of Public Speaking & Debate and one semester of Acting
Athletics and Outdoor Education
All Chadwick 7th graders must either take PE or sign up for a sport each trimester. All students attend two outdoor education trips in the 8th grade.
All Chadwick 8th graders take the following subjects:
Builds upon and deepens the foundation established in the seventh grade course. Students read major works of poetry and novels such as To Kill a Mockingbird and Lord of the Flies to further investigate themes of place, power, and leadership in literature, society, and their own lives. They sharpen reading skills, including effective annotation and the analysis of literary techniques, analyze literature and themselves to construct persuasive written arguments, and work with important grammatical concepts and vocabulary drawn from the literature. Students are placed in language courses based on the best match between their intellectual needs and the available curriculum.
The eighth-grade history course is the middle segment of our three-year exploration of world history (grades 7-9). The subject of the eighth grade history course is world history from the 5th to the 17th century. The course explores various regions of the world and their interactions through different thematic lenses, including environment, political power, exchange, world view, and world religions. Students learn to recognize important historical themes and to be able to compare and contrast how those themes are manifested in different cultures, as well as in the modern world. The course also focuses on three main skills: research, essay writing, and presentation. The students will chart their progress on each skill throughout the year.
Science 8: Physics, Chemistry & Biology 1
Eighth-grade science integrates fundamental concepts in chemistry, physics, biology, and astronomy. Its goal is to integrate the core concepts across these various scientific disciplines in an effort to introduce students to a coherent and connected sequence of traditional topics. The course's hands-on, multidisciplinary approach is intended to enhance student understanding of major science concepts, increase quantitative and problem-solving skills, and promote student interest in science. The course is inquiry-based and allows for a variety of collaborative learning opportunities. PCB1 uses the CPO Focus on Physical Science textbook and other materials. It is designed to meet and exceed California's state education standards for eighth-grade science.
Spanish or French or Mandarin Chinese
Students are placed in math courses based on the best match between their intellectual needs and the available curriculum. All 8th grade math courses allow students to progress to the highest levels of math in the Upper School. Middle School math courses include Pre-Algebra A, Pre-Algebra B, Algebra 1A, Algebra 1 and Algebra 1 Honors.
The eighth-grade Life Skills course is a trimester long class that focuses on decision-making and communication skills, peer relationships, and personal safety issues. Topics such as self-esteem, peer pressure, personal values and healthy relationships are discussed. Pertinent current events are introduced. Students explored attitudes and choices through class discussions and activities as well as videotaped presentations.
During grades 7 and 8, all Chadwick Middle School students are required to take at least two trimesters of visual art courses (options include Studio Art, Ceramics, Photography, Mixed Media, and/or Sculpture and Design), either a year of Orchestra or a trimester of Music Composition/Appreciation, one trimester of Public Speaking & Debate and one semester of Acting.
Athletics and Outdoor Education
All Chadwick 8th graders must either take PE or sign up for a sport each trimester. All students attend two outdoor education trips in the 8th grade.