Middle School

Being known well by everyone: faculty, staff and fellow students accrues a great advantage to our Middle School students. By the time they’re middle schoolers—not in the middle here—they are big students on campus, with opportunities and responsibilities that broaden their view of themselves, their futures, and the world. Facilitating all-school assemblies, helping Preschoolers at carpool, and serving as mentors for younger students, our oldest students gain real leadership experience. 

In their classrooms, they work with faculty who love teaching middle schoolers. Small classes ensure that the individual interests and learning style of each student are understood and appreciated. Our rigorous curriculum is delivered with appropriate amounts of support and challenge and seamlessly incorporates organizational skills.

In Middle School, the program shifts to a departmental structure and grade-level advisor groups. There are 4-5 students in each advisory group, and advisors are Middle School faculty. As students learn to work with a different teacher for each subject, the advisor provides them and their parents a single point of contact. Academic subjects include Mathematics, Science, Humanities (Language Arts and Social Studies), Studio and Performing Arts, Spanish or French, and Latin. Technology is incorporated into all subjects. In addition, all students participate in concert Band, may elect to join the Jazz Band, and in addition to P.E., may participate in interscholastic sports.

Green Hedges offered (my son) the opportunity to grow in those areas where he naturally gravitates - the math and science pieces - while not letting him go under the radar where he could do just enough.

Current Parent, Green Hedges School

A cohesive community spirit in the Middle School allows students to feel safe taking risks and trying new endeavors. Near the start of the year, the Middle School, faculty and students enjoy an overnight outdoor-ed excursion. Cooking meals together and team-building activities build a cohesive foundation for the coming year and allow Grade 6 and other new students to feel part of a greater whole. Social activities continue through the year and include special interest clubs such as robotics, school-sponsored parties, dances and grade-specific trips.

Below you will find an overview of our curriculum by grade:

Middle School Curriculum by Grade Level

Language Arts

Reading

In the Grade 6 reading program students will examine literature with a critical eye. Over the course of the year, sixth grade students are introduced to the process of becoming proficient in close reading and annotation, inference, and analysis. They are also beginning to broaden their understanding of the foundational elements of classic English literature such as Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales and William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, and of modern works such as S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, Lois Lowry’s The Giver, Jason Reynolds’ Ghost, and Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming.

Writing

In the sixth grade writing program students will express critical thinking through the writing process. Over the course of the year, Grade 6 students continue to develop their ability to write an analytical multi-paragraph essay starting. The writing curriculum focuses on the use of prewriting graphic organizers, thoughtful crafting of thesis statements, effective utilization of textual evidence to support the writer’s argument, and concluding sentences that comment upon the essay in its entirety. Additionally, students build on previous experience with generating multiple drafts, engaging in the editing and revision process, varying their sentence structure, and properly applying rules of grammar and usage. By the end of the year, students are expected to independently create a well-crafted and adequately supported multi-paragraph analytical essay free of grammar and usage errors.

Mathematics

The goals of this course are to develop an understanding of mathematical concepts, apply concepts to real world situations, develop reasoning skills, and focus on making accurate and precise calculations. Students will have the opportunity to learn math through individual/group work, performing calculations, problem solving, and forming generalizations. The correct answer at the end of the page is not as important as the process and steps that are taken to achieve it.

Students will have the opportunity to learn math through different methods and strategies that will aid in individual student learning styles. Students will receive handouts, manipulative materials, and notes that enhance their learning. Student will be encouraged to draw similarities between concepts, find patterns, identify relationships, and make generalizations. Connections between the math classroom and the real world will be highly emphasized through classroom discussion and student collaboration.

The program covers the following major topics: patterns, operations with decimals and fractions, percents, variables, expressions, equations and inequalities, data and statistics, negative numbers (integers), ratio, and proportion, as well as geometric figures and measurements.

Social Studies

Students will develop an understanding of what is necessary to create a civilization. They will focus their studies on the time period from the Fall of Rome to the Renaissance. The civilizations in the course of study include European, Islamic, African, Japanese, Chinese, Mayan, Incan, and Aztec. Through individual research projects students will learn how a major Medieval city developed culturally, politically, and economically. Students will build skills in taking notes, researching independently, exploring current events and analyzing primary documents.

Science

Grade 6 Science explores the Earth and its processes. Students will investigate the atmosphere, air pollution, weather, climate, rock and minerals, fossils, plate tectonics, and earthquakes and volcanoes. Students will learn how to use the scientific method and the SI units of measurement, which we will continue to build on in Grade 7 and Grade 8. Our assignments will be aimed at improving science skills, including measuring, observing, drawing conclusions, problem solving, note taking, and scientific writing. We will also examine how science impacts our lives by reading, reporting, and discussing science in the news. Students will work on independent science fair projects. Class time will be used to review homework, introduce and review concepts, and to work on independent and group laboratory activities.

World Languages

French

In Grade 6 French, equal emphasis is placed on all skills of the language: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will be exposed to the spoken language through a conversational approach, videos, songs, and audio recordings. In addition to the vocabulary from their textbook, students will encounter new vocabulary in additional readings from various sources and through a pen pal exchange with a native French-speaking student. The study of basic grammatical structures is an important component of the class and will support students’ oral and written expressions. Oral participation is crucial for progress in language learning and there will be many opportunities in class for students to practice their speaking skills. The course will also expose students to the culture of the French-speaking world.

Spanish

In Grade 6 and Grade 7 we use the textbook “Buen Viaje 1” Students compete book 1 over the course of two years. The course is based on an aural/oral approach to Spanish. Students will speak and ask questions in Spanish. They will make up skits about real life situations and will practice age appropriate vocabulary. The aim of this class is to begin to speak and to understand Spanish. As the year progresses, the students will begin to read and write short compositions. In addition, students will learn about Spanish speaking countries and about the large diverse community of Hispanic peoples living in the US.

Latin

We use the textbook “Latin for Americans”. The course is designed to help the students to understand both the grammatical structure and vocabulary of basic Latin. In addition, students will learn how Latin and Roman culture influenced American culture. The long-range goal of the class upon graduation from Grade 8 is to have completed approximately one year of high school Latin.

Performing Arts

Drama

The Middle School Performing Arts class is a unique course at Green Hedges School that allows students to explore the performing arts with a multitude of hands-on experiences and activities. The class is designed to provide students with a complete aesthetic experience that will help foster a life-long appreciation of the arts. The Performing Arts course will address and focus on music history and theory, singing technique, performance skills, aural sensitivity, music in today’s society, and musical theater. The class culminates in a musical production, allowing students to utilize the skills developed in this course. The multidimensional course truly immerses students in the world of the performing arts and invites them to experience the subject matter in a distinct, engaging, and meaningful manner.

Music

In Grade 6 Band, the lessons focus on maintaining a good embouchure, tone production and technique. In the case of percussion, the focus is on proper hand position and keyboard technique. Ensemble playing will be achieved through following the conductor’s baton. Emphasis on good posture and consistent tempo continues throughout the lessons. Throughout the year, music history and theory is woven into the daily performance. Students work towards a characteristic sound on their instrument and cohesive ensemble playing. Students perform band literature with independent parts. Musical arrangements will include multi-layered parts with contrasting rhythms, melodies, and accompaniments.

Studio & Digital Art

Studio Art

The overarching topic in Grade 6 art is Medieval through Renaissance art. Students learn in depth about the invention of linear perspective and how to implement it in their own artwork. Students have the opportunity to visit the National Gallery of Art and have a docent tour on the “Inventions of Renaissance Art” with original examples and a hands-on art project at the gallery. The second half of the year, students work on a collaborative project with their humanities teacher and their visual arts teacher in the City Project. The City Project consists of four parts. First, students write a research paper about their city. Second, they draw an excerpt of their city map to scale. Third, they draw a monument of their city, and fourth, they create a sculpture of their monument. Once all parts are finished, students create a display of all four parts of their city project. Grade 6 students continue to produce art involving imaginative and critical thinking processes. Students in Grade 6 are introduced to creating a digital school newspaper, including movies, still images, and animation.

Digital Art

Course Description and Objectives:

  • This class is designed to develop both technical and artistic skills using digital media as a creative tool to create a variety of projects.
  • Students will learn the basic Adobe Creative Suite tools including, but not limited to Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator as well as iMovie, iPhoto, and iDVD
  • Students gain a broad understanding of digital artists and their use of digital media through reading assignments and class discussions.
  • Students are able to apply newly learned tools to their art projects
  • Classroom projects include, but are not limited to developing the DragonNet newspaper

Physical Education & Athletics

In Grade 6 Physical Education students are becoming more interested in the cognitive, affective and psychomotor objectives of the class. Student’s perception of the Physical Education class has become more serious. Students are finding, and showing their pleasure in certain sports and activities. Progression in sports and activities are developing quicker and the class becomes more demanding in game dynamics. Real competitiveness is starting to grow in the students, so sportsmanship is continually reinforced. Fundamental skills are always reviewed quickly and then given opportunities to improve the skill through drills and games. Strength and conditioning are valued more in classes and help in the improvement of all students learning. Strategies are shared by classmates to achieve team goals. Sports and activities that are used in a yearly lesson include but are not limited to; soccer, football, handball, basketball, Jump Rope For Heart, Presidential Challenge, volleyball, speed cup stacking, and badminton.

Library & Research

In Middle School, our goal is for the students to do one formal research paper each year, in addition to the many smaller, more informal projects they undertake. Students graduating from Green Hedges School are expected to demonstrate competency in the following areas:

  • Ability to define an information problem and identify the information needed to address it;
  • Ability to identify and locate potential resources; to access and evaluate the information in those resources for relevance, appropriateness, currency, authority, and bias;
  • Ability to synthesize the information collected (includes note taking and formal outlining skills); and
  • Ability to present findings in full narrative format with appropriate sequencing, including title page, main body, conclusion, and full MLA sourcing.

Students undertake, individually, or in small groups, numerous less formal research efforts throughout the year, in a variety of subjects, such as Math, Science, Social Studies and Language Arts. These projects allow students to employ a wider range of media (e.g., software packages, poster boards, hands on demonstrations) for the presentation of their findings. Students have the opportunity to polish their verbal presentation skills by presenting their project to the school during assembly. Students use iPads and other mobile devices to conduct research and make presentations, either individually or in a group. 

Language Arts

The Grade 7 Language Arts curriculum strives to help students consider authorial intent and the impact of the audience in literature. Furthermore, in the seventh grade, students work to understand language as an art form and learn how it can be used to create and shape not just narrative, but also imagery, voice and tone. The overriding goal of the year is to help students achieve a comfort level with language that will allow them to consider and internalize the way an author utilizes style and technique to shape his or her work.

The literature curriculum in Grade 7 features a variety of genres to achieve these goals. Novels such as Elizabeth George Speare’s The Witch of Blackbird Pond, and Laurie Halse Anderson’s Chains and Fever 1793 complement short story and poetry texts as students solidify their critical reading skills and understanding of characterization and plot. The literature provides for excellent large group discussions and serves as a bridge to the essay-writing component of the course.

In addition to building on their vocabulary and grammar knowledge, students focus on crafting a provable thesis, engaging in all the phases of the writing process—pre-writing, drafting, and editing—and supporting their arguments with multiple forms of textual evidence. Instruction is provided on how best to create a strong conclusion paragraph and on how this fits into the larger structure of the five-paragraph essay. The overarching goal of the seventh grade writing curriculum is to teach students how to create and prove a nuanced argument in their analytical work.

Mathematics

In the Pre-algebra course students will expand their understanding of the properties of real numbers, solve linear equations and inequalities, and use data analysis techniques. The course includes computing basic trigonometric ratios, rational numbers in decimal and fraction form, use transformations to solve equations and inequalities and graph them, calculate area and volume, apply the Pythagorean theorem, and apply all four mathematical operations to monomials and polynomials.

Several different approaches and materials are combined to suit students’ mathematical thinking, and the topic being taught. Depending on the lesson, students are given different materials or handouts, in order to allow them to explore, visualize and understand. The classroom environment encourages student discussion, collaboration, and justification of their thinking. Emphasis is given on practicing and receiving feedback on corrections. Students are expected to understand that making mistakes is part of the learning process and therefore making corrections on homework, quizzes, and tests is an essential part of the process. They are also expected to take class notes, as well as review and study for chapter tests.

Social Studies

In Grade 7 Social Studies will include the discoveries of early explorers, and the colonization of present day United States, including the separation from England, the formation of the thirteen colonies, the Revolutionary War, the formation of a democratic government, and the affects that slavery had on this time period. Studies of world geography and mapping skills will also be integrated into our learning throughout the year.

Science

Grade 7 Science explores living things, heredity, evolution, classification, ecology, ecosystems, plants, and the human body. In addition, students will investigate solutions for environmental problems impacting the Earth today. Students will continue using the scientific method during class activities, lab assignments, and while working on independent projects especially the science fair project. We will work to develop science skills developed in Grade 6, including: observing, using microscopes, designing experiments, drawing conclusions, writing lab reports, and problem solving. We will also continue to examine science current events. Students will work on independent science projects. Class time will be used to review homework, introduce and review concepts, and to work on independent and group laboratory activities.

World Languages

French

In Grade 7 French, equal emphasis is placed on all skills of the language: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will be exposed to the spoken language through a conversational approach, audio recordings, and videos clips. In addition to the vocabulary from their textbook, students will encounter new vocabulary in additional readings from various sources. The study of basic grammatical structures is an important component of the class and will support students’ oral and written expressions. Oral participation is crucial for progress in language learning and there will be many opportunities in class for students to practice their speaking skills. The course will also expose students to the culture of the French-speaking world. This year all cultural readings are in French.

Spanish

In Grade 7 we continue to use the textbook “Buen Viaje 1” Once again the course is based on an aural/oral approach to Spanish. The aim of the class is to improve and expand the students listening and speaking skills. Students will begin to write more complex short paragraphs in order to build their communication skills. We will also read slightly more difficult passages from the text and a reader that accompanies the text. In addition, students will learn about the countries where Spanish is spoken and about the large diverse community of Hispanic peoples living in the US.

Latin

We continue using the text “Latin for Americans”. The course is designed to help the students to further understand the grammatical structure of Latin, expand their vocabulary, and do more complicated readings in Latin.

Performing Arts

Drama

The Middle School Performing Arts class is a unique course at Green Hedges School that allows students to explore the performing arts with a multitude of hands-on experiences and activities. The class is designed to provide students with a complete aesthetic experience that will help foster a life-long appreciation of the arts. The Performing Arts course will address and focus on music history and theory, singing technique, performance skills, aural sensitivity, music in today’s society, and musical theater. The class culminates in a musical production, allowing students to utilize the skills developed in this course. The multidimensional course truly immerses students in the world of the performing arts and invites them to experience the subject matter in a distinct, engaging, and meaningful manner.

Music

In Grade 7 Band, the lessons focus on maintaining a good embouchure, tone production and technique. In the case of percussion, the focus is on proper hand position and keyboard technique. Ensemble playing will be achieved through following the conductor’s baton. Emphasis on good posture and consistent tempo continues throughout the lessons. Throughout the year, music history and theory is woven into the daily performance. Students work towards a characteristic sound on their instrument and cohesive ensemble playing. Students perform band literature with independent parts. Musical arrangements will include multi-layered parts with contrasting rhythms, melodies, and accompaniments.

Studio & Digital Art

Studio Art

Grade 7 Art History covers a variety of post-Impressionist art periods such as Surrealism, Pointilism, and Expressionism and their representative artists. The overarching theme in Grade 7 art is to explore self portraits within their historical context as well as developing self portraits in different media that express personal meaning. Students have the opportunity to visit the National Gallery of Art and have a docent tour of “Portraits and Biographies”.

Students create a digital school newspaper, including movies, still images, and animation. Students are developing technical skills that will let them express their creative ideas effectively.

Students develop inquiry skills and vocabulary as they learn more about the meaning of artworks and relating it to its context.

Digital Art

Objectives:

    • This class is designed to develop both technical and artistic skills using digital media as a creative tool to create a variety of projects.
    • Students will learn the basic Adobe Creative Suite tools including, but not limited to Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator as well as imovie, iphoto, and iDVD
    • Students gain a broad understanding of digital artists and their use of digital media through reading assignments and class discussions.
    • Students are able to apply newly learned tools to their art projects
    • Classroom projects include, but are not limited to developing the DragonNet newspaper; developing personal digital portfolio; digital story-telling.

Physical Education & Athletics

In Grade 7 Physical Education students are given the opportunity to improve on fundamental skills for various sports and games. Some of the skills that are drilled and then used in game scenarios are throwing, kicking, catching, passing, and hitting balls. Students are becoming comfortable with using objects to manipulate other objects (e.g. baseball bat and baseball). Students are working cooperatively and performing strategic plans for games and sports. Some of the sports that are being taught in Grade 7 are but not limited to; soccer, basketball, football, softball, handball, badminton, frisbee golf and floor hockey. Lessons that will be continued from previous years are The Presidential Challenge, and Jump Rope For Heart. New lessons that will be covered are Lifetime Health and Wellness, and Nutrition. Sportsmanship is still emphasized and age appropriate skills are practiced. Strength and endurance continue to increase in difficulty level, and are used to help improve athletic abilities.

Library & Research

In Middle School, our goal is for the students to do one formal research paper each year, in addition to the many smaller, more informal projects they undertake. Students graduating from Green Hedges School are expected to demonstrate competency in the following areas:

      • Ability to define an information problem and identify the information needed to address it;
      • Ability to identify and locate potential resources; to access and evaluate the information in those resources for relevance, appropriateness, currency, authority, and bias;
      • Ability to synthesize the information collected (includes note taking and formal outlining skills); and
      • Ability to present findings in full narrative format with appropriate sequencing, including title page, main body, conclusion, and full MLA sourcing.

Students undertake, individually, or in small groups, numerous less formal research efforts throughout the year, in a variety of subjects, such as Math, Science, Social Studies and Language Arts. These projects allow students to employ a wider range of media (e.g., software packages, poster boards, hands on demonstrations) for the presentation of their findings. Students have the opportunity to polish their verbal presentation skills by presenting their project to the school during assembly. Students use iPads and other mobile devices to conduct research and make presentations, either individually or in a group.

Language Arts

The Grade 8 Language Arts curriculum focuses on helping students take ownership of their reading and writing skills. Building on the grammar and vocabulary foundations established in previous years, students will increase their functional grammatical knowledge while acquiring a broader base of vocabulary words gleaned from the texts and other sources. The literature curriculum emphasizes twentieth century texts, such as Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, George Orwell’s Animal Farm, Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street, and Laurence Yep’s Dragon’s Gate while also including a unit on Golding’s Lord of the Flies. Public Speaking also holds a formal place in the curriculum, as students study famous speeches and the rhetorical devices that make such speeches successful.

The writing component of the curriculum aims to give students the confidence to break away from the structure and strictures of the 5-paragraph essay. Students engage in a wide variety of writing tasks, ranging from informal journaling to passage analysis work to formal essay writing, all with the goal of providing practice in utilizing the entire writing process. Great emphasis is placed on students working independently to create outlines that allow them to analyze literary questions in an individual style. In-class and take-home assignments vary throughout the year in an effort to prepare students for the assortment of tasks they will face in high school English classes.

Mathematics

This course covers a full first year algebra curriculum. It includes simplifying algebraic expressions using like terms, solving equations with one and two variables, inequalities, quadratic equations and functions, factoring polynomial expressions by using GCF, trinomial patterns, and difference of square pattern. We also work with simplify algebraic fractions, simplifying radicals, graphing functions, the geometry of slope, parallelism and perpendicularity of lines, exponents and radicals, proportion and rational equations, translation between words and symbols, and irrational numbers.

Several different approaches and materials are combined to suit students’ mathematical thinking, and the topic being taught. Depending on the lesson, students are given different materials or handouts, in order to allow them to explore, visualize, and understand. The classroom environment encourages students’ discussion, collaboration, and justification of their thinking. Emphasis in given on practicing and receiving feedback on corrections. Students are expected to understand that making mistakes is part of the learning process and therefore making corrections on homework, quizzes, and tests is an essential part of the process. They are also expected to take class notes, as well as review and study for chapter tests.

Social Studies

Students will develop an understanding of the United States’ role in 20th & 21st Century History. They will begin with the Industrial Revolution and its aftermath. Students will learn about different types of government, economic, and legal systems. They will evaluate the successes of the U.S. economy at the beginning of the 20th Century. Grade 8 students will also focus on how U.S. involvement in World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, and the Cold War shaped the nation. Special projects will focus on the evolution of American cities and the historical events that created today’s global hotspots, plus an interdisciplinary project focuses on a famous artist of the 20th Century. Skill building includes the writing of critical essays, the use of primary sources, the analysis of historical patterns, and the development of solid independent research skills.

Science

Grade 8 Science explores topics such as properties of matter, physical and chemical changes, elements, compounds, atomic theory, chemical reactions, forces, motion, work, and energy. Students will continue developing science concepts using the scientific method during class activities, lab assignments, and independent projects especially, the science fair project. We will continue to improve on the science skills developed in Grade 7, including observing, interpreting data, designing experiments, writing lab reports, problem solving and scientific writing. In addition, we will examine current events in science. Students will work on independent projects. We will also concentrate on effective science note taking and taking skills test in preparation for high school. Class time will be used to review homework, introduce and review concepts, and to work on independent and group laboratory activities.

World Languages

French

In Grade 8 French, equal emphasis is placed on all skills of the language: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will be exposed to the spoken language through a conversational approach, audio recordings, and videos clips. In addition to the vocabulary from their textbook, students will encounter new vocabulary in additional readings from various sources. The study of basic grammatical structures is an important component of the class and will support students’ oral and written expressions. Oral participation is crucial for progress in language learning and there will be many opportunities in class for students to practice their speaking skills. The course will also expose students to the culture of the French-speaking world through many cultural readings in French.

Spanish

In Grade 8 we begin “Buen Viaje 2”. Students will continue to explore the Spanish speaking world through a further development of their speaking and listening skills. The students will also begin to express their thoughts and ideas by writing short paragraphs and using Spanish in the classroom.

Latin

We continue using the text “Latin for Americans”. The course is designed to help the students to understand both the grammatical structure, expand vocabulary, and do more complicated readings in Latin.

Performing Arts

Drama

The Middle School Performing Arts class is a unique course at Green Hedges School that allows students to explore the performing arts with a multitude of hands-on experiences and activities. The class is designed to provide students with a complete aesthetic experience that will help foster a life-long appreciation of the arts. The Performing Arts course will address and focus on music history and theory, singing technique, performance skills, aural sensitivity, music in today’s society, and musical theater. The class culminates in a musical production, allowing students to utilize the skills developed in this course. The multidimensional course truly immerses students in the world of the performing arts and invites them to experience the subject matter in a distinct, engaging, and meaningful manner.

Music

In Grade 8 Band, the lessons focus on maintaining a good embouchure, tone production and technique. In the case of percussion, the focus is on proper hand position and keyboard technique. Ensemble playing will be achieved through following the conductor’s baton. Emphasis on good posture and consistent tempo continues throughout the lessons. Throughout the year, music history and theory is woven into the daily performance. Students work towards a characteristic sound on their instrument and cohesive ensemble playing. Students perform band literature with independent parts. Musical arrangements will include multi-layered parts with contrasting rhythms, melodies, and accompaniments.

Studio & Digital Art

Studio Art

The main art history periods covered in Grade 8 span from Impressionism through Modern Art. Students examine how artists have been influenced by their environment and how they can use new tools to express themselves. Grade 8 art focuses mainly on Modern art and its contributions to the culture we live in today. Students have the opportunity to go the National Gallery of Art and have a docent tour on “Modern Art, Breaking the Rules.” Students learn how artists were influenced by other art styles and social change. Students will work on a cross-curricula project choosing a modern artist, writing a research paper about that artist, and creating a personal artwork in the style of their artist.

Art history works hand-in-hand with social studies as it helps us examine historical events through the eyes of an artist. Students will also read art philosophical writings from art magazines, the newspaper, or digital media. Students learn about oil painting by studying the old masters and complete a painting on canvas. Students develop, design, and create their Grade 8 mural project as part of their final group project.

Digital Art

Objectives:

    • This class is designed to develop both technical and artistic skills using digital media as a creative tool to create a variety of projects.
    • Students will learn the basic Adobe Creative Suite tools including, but not limited to Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator as well as iMovie, iPhoto, and iDVD
    • Students gain a broad understanding of digital artists and their use of digital media through reading assignments and class discussions.
    • Students are able to apply newly learned tools to their art projects include, but are not limited to developing the DragonNet;

Physical Education & Athletics

In Grade 8 Physical Education students are showing in depth knowledge of all sports covered in previous years. Most lessons being taught at this grade level are repetitive sports and games. These should include but are not limited to; soccer, football, floor hockey, basketball, volleyball, frisbee golf, softball, team handball, and badminton. Lessons that will also be used include; Jump Rope For Heart, Presidential Challenge, Lifetime Health and Wellness, and Nutrition. Good sportsmanship, strategies of games, age appropriate skill development, strength and endurance, leadership, cooperative playing, and the understanding of a healthy lifestyle are the emphasis of the overall class lessons.

Library & Research

In Middle School, our goal is for the students to do one formal research paper each year, in addition to the many smaller, more informal projects they undertake. Students graduating from Green Hedges School are expected to demonstrate competency in the following areas:

      • Ability to define an information problem and identify the information needed to address it;
      • Ability to identify and locate potential resources; to access and evaluate the information in those resources for relevance, appropriateness, currency, authority, and bias;
      • Ability to synthesize the information collected (includes note taking and formal outlining skills); and
      • Ability to present findings in full narrative format with appropriate sequencing, including title page, main body, conclusion, and full MLA sourcing.

Students undertake, individually, or in small groups, numerous less formal research efforts throughout the year, in a variety of subjects, such as Math, Science, Social Studies and Language Arts. These projects allow students to employ a wider range of media (e.g., software packages, poster boards, hands on demonstrations) for the presentation of their findings. Students have the opportunity to polish their verbal presentation skills by presenting their project to the school during assembly. Students use iPads and other mobile devices to conduct research and make presentations, either individually or in a group.

High School Placement

At Green Hedges, we believe our 11 year journey, which starts in our Montessori Preschool and continues in preparatory Grades 1 – 8, is the most effective way to prepare students for learning and life. Our graduates are independent, critical thinkers who are poised and knowledgeable about themselves and possess a strong sense of responsibility to the larger community. They enter high school as self-assured, confident freshmen who are ready to face the academic and social challenges ahead and advocate for themselves. 

Throughout their final two years, students work closely with the Head of School and Middle School faculty to make the best choices for their futures. We view this search as a collaborative endeavor between school and home, and we work closely with our families to educate and inform them of the secondary school search process. Parents are supported in selecting the best school for their child as they take their place among generations of Green Hedges graduates, who have been accepted and thrive at some of the most prestigious secondary schools.

We offer an on-site preparation class for the SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test) to familiarize them with the test and provide helpful tutoring regarding content and test-taking strategies. Our Head of School also conducts mock interviews with each Grade 8 student. As applications are hand-delivered at the various schools, our Head of School is in personal contact with the respective admission offices advocating for our students and supporting their candidacies.