Through reading and writing workshops, boys develop critical skills and perspectives as they grow in reading, writing, and language usage, as well as speaking and listening. Boys learn to develop their own writing voice. They learn to interpret and analyze literature on a deep level, and participate in dialogue with peers.SCIENCE
Boys develop scientific inquiry skills such as making observations, inferences, and predictions, while being challenged to expand their critical thinking and problem- solving skills. They are active learners who engage in hands- on, laboratory-based assignments. We encourage boys to think like scientists, to take ownership of their learning, and to intellectually step outside the classroom boundaries to explore science in our world.MATHEMATICS
Boys develop self-confidence relating to mathematics, as well as their ability to think logically and become effective problem solvers. Problem-solving skills and articulation of solution strategies are woven throughout the curriculum to relate mathematics to the world around them. Boys have ample opportunities to study higher-level concepts with our advanced math courses offered in each grade.
Our teachers know the most effective way to bring out a boy’s best effort is to cultivate a genuine love of language in a challenging and creative classroom. Many cultural and content-based units are an essential part of the curriculum of each language offered: French, Spanish, and Latin. Boys strive to master the core skills and knowledge that will lay a foundation for further study in high school.
Boys learn to develop their voice and their global awareness. They explore how and why a culture flourishes, even when faced with great difficulties. Their studies focus on key cultural conflicts that have shaped the American personality, the geopolitical structure and cultures of the Middle East, and current events at home and overseas. Field studies include trips to Chicago, Washington D.C., and the Ohio frontier.
Our arts faculty inspire boys of all skill levels and interests to develop their own artistic expression and discover their passion. The visual art curriculum is intentionally designed to challenge and motivate middle school boys through both small and large projects that provide opportunity for student choice and self-expression. In music classes, emphasis is placed on learning creative processes, which encompass performance, composition, improvisation, and listening. Boys may join the Middle School Orchestra, Jazz Band, Chamber Players, and Choral Ensemble. Every middle school boy has the opportunity to express himself through acting, movement, and public speaking.
Boys love to build, create, and learn by doing. US teachers guide and support them, while allowing the boys to be the creators and collaborators. Our design technology program takes a modern approach to the manual arts with the integration of 3D technology combined with hands-on applications. Emphasis is placed on boys experimenting with their independent ideas and applying them in a team-building environment. Boys can tinker, create, and build in our state-of-the-art woodshop and our design lab, STEAMworks, which is built for innovation.