Program Overview


Program Overview

All Middle School students experience six core classes: English, math, history, science, a world language, and physical education. In these classes, students learn by writing, observation, critical thinking, discussion, simulation, projects, and collaboration. 


The English program focuses on literature, writing, vocabulary and grammar. Literature primarily involves novels but also includes poetry, mythology, short stories, and non-fiction texts, which provide a rich foundation for discussion, critical thinking, and analysis of literature. Independent reading is also incorporated to provide a context for a life-long love of reading. Writing is taught as a process with rough drafts, revisions, and polished final products. Grammar and vocabulary are taught directly to some extent but they are primarily taught contextually in both literature and in the writing process.


Sixth grade math is foundational to the Middle School program with the goal of preparing students for their transition to Algebraic mathematics. Seventh grade mathematics splits into two groups: Pre-Algebra and Algebra. Those students who take Algebra in seventh proceed to Geometry in eighth grade, while the remainder are in Algebra. In all grade levels, projects complement the course and synthesize the concepts. These may include logic problems, coding, and hands-on projects.


Observe, experiment, discuss! Country Day’s hands-on program invites every child to become a Scientist. Sixth grade Physical Science blasts off with rockets and rollercoasters while building a foundation connecting math to science. Seventh grade explores the vibrancy of Life Science. Students “hop to it” with a frog dissection and dance their way through the chambers of the heart. Eighth grade avalanches through Earth Science from the solar system to sediment (and all the processes in between). Learning about our natural world is joyful, and emphasis in our program is placed on exciting wonder and curiosity through activities, discussion, games, and writing.


The history program immerses students in ancient history, world cultures and American history. Experiential learning, including role-playing simulations and projects, exists alongside expository writing, analytical reading, research, discussion and critical thinking. Study skills are included in each grade level. Students are challenged to step into the lives of the world’s peoples in our mutual past.

World Languages and Cultures

The Middle School language program – Spanish, French, and Latin – employs a multi-faceted approach to the study of languages and cultures.  Listening comprehension, conversation, writing, and grammar are emphasized through textbooks, exercises, and projects, as well as games, discussions, and activities to engage in listening comprehension with physical and verbal responses.

The primary objective is to work on the four skills: reading, listening, speaking, and writing.  Cultural aspects of contemporary French and Spanish-speaking countries are also integral to the program.

Physical Education

Physical Education is an integral part of the Middle School program. In addition to promoting fitness and health, the program exposes the students to and builds competence in a wide variety of different sports: volleyball, soccer, flag football, badminton, basketball, floor hockey, disc games, softball, pickleball, lacrosse, and creative games. The program emphasizes skill building, participation, teamwork, and engendering a life-long commitment to fitness.