Middle School (7-8)

At Woodward, the Middle School years overflow with opportunities for learning, with increased expectations for greater independence, organization, and responsibility. Middle School is a time of tremendous growth and change—intellectually, emotionally, physically, and socially. Guided by dedicated teachers, coaches, and counselors, our students maximize their individual strengths and develop a sense of self-worth that lasts a lifetime.

Curriculum

English

In seventh and eighth grade, English is a correlated study of language, literature, vocabulary, and composition. In seventh grade, teachers emphasize the study of basic grammatical usage and application of concepts in writing assignments. Vocabulary focuses on Greek and Latin roots of the English language. Students are guided in expository, narrative, descriptive, and persuasive writing. Seventh graders also study realistic fiction, historical fiction, and fantasy. In eighth grade, students continue the study of formal grammar as a tool for effective speaking and writing and study forms of literature including mystery, fantasy, folklore, comedy, and tragedy. Eighth graders write well-developed, unified, coherent paragraphs and recognize and use basic types of figurative language. Middle School English is taught in College Prep, Enriched College Prep, Honors College Prep, and Transition College Prep courses.

Reading

Students read literature from various genres, learning about fundamental story elements, character development, literary terms, and themes in seventh grade, while developing vocabulary. In eighth grade, students receive critical reading instruction using selected novels and short stories, followed by nine weeks of introduction to the verbal section of the SAT and then by nine weeks of independent reading. Reading is taught in College Prep, Enriched College Prep, Transition College Prep, and Honors College Prep courses.

World Languages

Students can choose to take Spanish or French:

Spanish
Middle School Spanish is a high school class, so students who complete the two-year Spanish course in seventh and eighth grade enter Spanish II in the Upper School. Emphasis is on the language and culture of Spanish-speaking countries as well as reading, listening, and writing. Honors students participate in the national Spanish language exam in the spring.

French
Middle School French is a high school level class, so students who complete the two-year French course in seventh and eighth grade enter French II in the Upper School. Emphasis is on speaking, reading, listening, and writing as well as the study of French culture. Honors students participate in the national French language exam in the spring.

Math

Pre-Algebra is taken by seventh graders and eighth graders new to Woodward Academy who have not successfully completed the course. In eighth grade, students take Algebra I, which includes significant work in statistics, probability, and geometry. Honors Geometry is offered to students who have mastered Algebra I. Pre-Algebra and Algebra I are offered at Enriched College Prep, College Prep, Honors, and Transition College Prep levels.

Science

In seventh grade, science students develop a broad understanding of living organisms. Students conduct lab activities to practice drawing conclusions and recording data. Seventh graders study increasingly complex forms of life, beginning with viruses and bacteria and building to study of various systems of the human body. In eighth grade, science combines topics of physics and chemistry—with study of Newton’s Laws of Motion, momentum, energy, magnetism, and wave behavior, following by study of physical and chemical properties of matter. Through daily lab activities, students learn to predict the behavior of matter and to conduct experiments. Middle School science is taught at College Prep, Enriched College Prep, and Honors levels.

Social Studies

Social studies teaches the facts, concepts, and skills of history and the social sciences to promote responsible citizenship. Seventh graders take World History & Geography, an introduction to the countries and continents of South America, Asia, and Africa, with an emphasis on map skills, global awareness, human interaction with the environment, and the influence of cultural and historical precedents. In eighth grade, students take U.S. History, which introduces trends in political, social, and economic development and the role of the United States on the world stage. An eighth grade Honors course is offered in American Government & Economics. In seventh and eighth grade, social studies courses are taught at the College Prep, Enriched College Prep, Honors, and Transition levels.

STEM

Our 7th graders take a STEM class where they work in teams to explore, meet, and overcome challenges in a project-based environment. The nine-week course, which entails everything from exploring current event challenges to tackling small-scale engineering projects, helps students to cultivate innovation while honing their skills of communication, exploration, design, development, investigation, and evaluation.

Instructional Technology

Our students learn technological skills that enable them to research online, keyboard, develop projects, and solve problems. Specific technology and problem-solving skills are interwoven into the curriculum, and emphasis is placed on acceptable use of technology. Every seventh grader is issued an iPad to use in seventh and eighth grade. Because the Upper School allows students to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), students are given the option to purchase the iPads at the end of the eighth grade year.

Physical Education

At Woodward, the Middle School years overflow with opportunities for learning, with increased expectations for greater independence, organization, and responsibility. Middle School is a time of tremendous growth and change—intellectually, emotionally, physically, and socially. Guided by dedicated teachers, coaches, and counselors, our students maximize their individual strengths and develop a sense of self-worth that lasts a lifetime.

P.E. develops a sense of physical well-being that translates into a confident self-image. Students can participate in Team Sports, Fitness & Health or, with the P.E. teacher’s recommendation, may take Athletic Development for Strength, Power & Speed. In the first course, students develop skills for a healthy, active lifestyle and learn the basics of many individual and team sports. The second course is designed for student-athletes to develop strength, power, and speed while focusing on preventing injuries.

Cocurricular Activities

  • Academic Team
  • Birthday Club
  • Book to Movie Club
  • Boy Scouts
  • Christian Campus Fellowship
  • Debate
  • Eagle Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Foreign Film Club
  • French Club
  • German Club
  • Girl Scouts
  • HiTech Technology Club
  • Magic Club
  • Math Team
  • Middle Five Points
  • Odyssey of the Mind
  • Robotics Team
  • Social Studies Club
  • Spanish Club

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Middle School Administration

Ed Notestine

Ed Notestine

Principal









George Dietz

George Dietz

Assistant Principal, Teacher - Science









Shannon Jackson

Shannon Jackson

Assistant Principal, Teacher - English

School Hours

Monday through Friday
8:25 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.

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