Our innovative, state of the art middle school campus is under construction and is scheduled for completion in late 2018.
An Education for the Future
The Spring Hill School’s Middle School curriculum combines an integrated program of humanities, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), world languages, makers, environmental studies, leadership (social-emotional learning), and physical education.
Middle school is a time of immense potential, when students have the opportunity to discover their gifts, develop social and emotional intelligence, evolve intellectually and physically, and form an authentic sense of self.
To tap into this potential, we believe the academic program must be based in developmental science – understanding what middle schoolers are ready for psychologically and neurologically – then working with those motivations. When learning is presented in this way, middle school students are ready for advanced academic study.
This developmental approach points to three core motivators for middle school students:
- Personal– teaching them about themselves and challenging them to reach their potential
- Social– experiencing interaction with peers and building social intelligence
- Relevant– curriculum is connected to real-life problems and applications where the value of their work is clear
Middle School Core Curriculum
For curriculum samples from Term 2 of the 2017-18 school year, click “Read More” below.
Reading, Writing, and Social Studies are taught in an integrated course entitled Humanities. The content is guided by real-world applications and a strong foundation in communicating across various mediums. The vehicles for teaching the California Common Core Standards are: Project-Based Learning (PBL), community library, writer’s workshop, community and global outreach.
The goals of the middle school mathematics program are to develop strong mathematical skills, build conceptual understanding of mathematical ideas, foster mathematical identity, hone communication of mathematical thinking and reasoning, and be prepared for the next year of mathematics.
The emergence of living (organic) matter from non-living (inorganic) matter, is one of the most, if not the most, intriguing questions that scientists have ever pondered upon and are still actively searching for answers. Moreover, the fact that the Earth, thus far, appears to be the only known celestial body providing an environment suitable and amenable to the emergence and sustainability of living organisms has added further intrigue into this mystery. Thus, understanding how life has emerged and evolved and how it interacts with the physical world is key to our understanding of the story of life.
As students move to the middle school, language acquisition continues with an additional layer of metacognition. Students listen, speak, read, and write while adding an analytical understanding of the language, including greater awareness of the grammar embedded in the topics and themes they learn. The use of “el grafico” formalizes the study of grammar, and the influence of our Global Outreach program emphasizes the importance of learning a second language.
The purpose of a The Spring Hill School Physical Education program is to guide students in the process of becoming physically active for a lifetime. Students integrate and apply the skills learned in physical education to their everyday life. In addition, numerous benefits result from participating in a quality physical education program such as: learning how to live an active and healthy lifestyle, skill development, improved physical fitness, goal setting, self‐discipline, leadership and cooperation, stress reduction and strengthened peer relationships.
Middle School Signature Programs
- Our award-winning Makers program combines design, engineering, and fabrication where students can prototype and create. Emphasis is on using and learning practical skills and applying them to design thinking.
- Without the understanding of what others see, feel, and experience, design is a pointless task. Empathy is at the heart of critical thinking, problem solving, and design thinking. We guide our students to understand complex social situations, enabling them to design with a goal of supporting needs.
Arts (Visual and Fine Arts, Performance, Music)
- Spring Hill currently has a vibrant and curriculum-integrated visual arts program.
- Performance arts and music programs are in development with the new campus expansion.
Global Studies & World Languages
- As global citizens, students delve into studies of the world through languages and cultural studies.
- The culmination of the global studies curriculum is a summer immersion trip to Mexico. Students have the opportunity to teach English and enhance Spanish learning at a partner school.
Our 21st century education engages students in their learning experience and requires a curriculum that brings relevance, multi-dimensional understanding, and respect for subject matters and participants. We believe it is our responsibility to offer an education that builds a community of students who can reach their potential and become lifelong learners.
We hold high import to the following:
- Critical Thinking
- Creativity & Innovation