Middle School Learning
When students kick off their middle school experience in sixth grade, they:
- Read a wide variety of literature, analyze author styles, word choice, point of view, and structure;
- Write narratives and arguments while developing language, style and tone;
- Learn algebra, statistics, ratios, and one-variable equations;
- Understand different forms of energy and life on Earth;
- Explore the geography and history of the Eastern hemisphere, including Africa, Asia, Europe, and Australia.
In seventh grade, students:
- Write in a variety of genres and styles, including argumentative essays with multiple perspectives;
- Solve math problems using rate, ratios, proportions, and percentages;
- Expand their knowledge of geometry including area, surface, perimeter, and volume;
- Study the Earth’s surface changes over time;
- Learn City, State, and U.S. history; from Pre-Colonial times – Civil War
- Explore visual arts, music, dance, or theater.
With one full school year left before starting high school, eighth graders:
- Interpret and analyze a range of texts that prepare them for high-school level demands;
- Study different writing techniques, including analogy, allusion, and irony;
- Evaluate the logic and reasoning of argumentative texts;
- Work with graphs to solve algebraic equations, use the Pythagorean Theorem, and analyze 2D and 3D figures;
- Identify how humans affect the environment;
- Study the laws of motion that explain the movement of objects on Earth and across the Solar System;
- Explore the Reconstruction, industrialization, global war, and modern eras of U.S. history;
- Expand knowledge of visual arts, music, dance, and/or theater.
ASD PROGRAM AT 162
The Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Horizon program is a specialized and intensive intervention program serving students with autism who experience a moderate degree of challenge with social, behavioral, and communication development.
Autism Spectrum Disorder is very much a part of our school language here at IS 162, The Willoughby School. We work with students to help them understand their strengths and challenges, promoting self-awareness and self-reliance. A review of individual diagnoses is an important part of the conversation. These discussions set the stage for personal growth. Our holistic approach to education in a safe and supportive school environment makes it possible for students with ASD to realize their potential, advance to higher education, and make their mark on the world.