Grade 6 - Grade 8 • We Teach The Uncommon Core.™

The Mead School prides itself on delivering a rich curriculum that seamlessly marries academic rigor with emotional and social growth. As students enter Middle School, they are prepared for increased independence and responsibility, and are placed in academic groups that best fit their academic, social and emotional skill levels. We provide students with opportunities to practice advocating for themselves and to become active and accountable for their own learning. By the time students graduate from Mead, they confidently draw upon their higher level critical thinking skills to take some risks and accept responsibilities that come with being independent and mature learners.

The Curriculum

Language Arts

6-7

The goal of Language Arts is to develop an appreciation for, and enjoyment of, the written language, along with an understanding of the ideas, techniques and styles of writers.Students in 6th Grade are introduced to mechanics of grammar, writing styles and analytical competency with standard literary forms. In 7th Grade, students practice gaining facility with the above skills. Computer skills are incorporated into the class while building editing accuracy.

8

Students in 8th Grade strive to reach a level of command while mastering the formal writing skills necessary for high school. Computer skills are incorporated into the class while building editing accuracy. The strengths and challenges of students are assessed through class participation, homework, peer editing, formal self-assessments and periodic student/teacher meetings.

Math

6-7

Math topics in 6th Grade encompass the following domains: Ratios and Unit Rates; Arithmetic Operations including Fractions, Decimals, and Integers; Pre-Algebraic Basics (Expressions and Equations); Geometry; Basic Probability and Statistics. The curriculum is designed to promote engagement and to create deeper and more lasting understanding. The goal is for students to recognize that math is useful and to cultivate a belief in their own efficacy. 7th Grade Math focuses on fluency across a continuum of Transition Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra I and Geometry concepts. Throughout the year students work collaboratively and independently toward aggressive but achievable goals.

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8th Grade Math focuses on fluency across a continuum of Transition Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra I and Geometry concepts. The Pre-Algebra course can take from 1 to 2 years to complete. Algebra I is offered to students who have successfully completed a Pre-Algebra program. Geometry is offered upon successful completion of Algebra I. Throughout the year students work collaboratively and independently toward aggressive but achievable goals. Projects will be assigned during the year as necessary to support the application objective. A variety of assessment methods are used to determine when fluency has been achieved including teacher observations, student class work, homework assignments, student reflections, self-assessments, and/or pre- and post-tests for each concept area under study.

Science

6

Ecology is studied in 6th Grade through marine science in a hands-on course designed to introduce students to the study of the ocean, both its physical and living elements, through study of Cove Island Park in Stamford, and other areas.

7-8

Grades 7 & 8 Study one of two topics yearly. Physics is designed to introduce students to basic physical science laws and concepts and examine them in depth. Concepts are taught through in-class discussion, labs, projects and field trips. Chemistry introduces students to basic chemistry laws and concepts using traditional laboratory equipment, chemicals, everyday items, and foods.

Español

6-7

Formal grammar instruction begins in Grade 6. This is a rigorous course that will lead to the completion of the requirements to enter Spanish 2 or 3 in Grade 9. Student performance is measured through special projects, weekly quizzes and quarterly tests.

Grade 7 is taught inductively through audio recordings, readings and role playing. Drills, special projects and guided individual and group activities are also an important part of the curriculum. At the end of the year students will be able to understand and participate in structured conversations, write short responses in Spanish, make linguistic and cultural connections and comparisons, speak in past tenses, formulate basic questions to solicit opinions and gather information.

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Grade 8 Español exposes students to a variety of media to help them reach proficiency in reading, speaking, writing and listening. Special attention is giving to Hispanic customs and festivities as well as famous Hispanic artists and their influence on the world. At the end of the year students will be able to participate in spontaneous conversations, write a complex paragraph, express and argue their opinions and gather information.

The successful completion of this course will allow the students to enter Spanish 2 or 3 in high school.

Social Studies

6

Grades 5 & 6 study one of two alternating themes each year. The Ancient Civilizations curriculum investigates Mesopotamia, Egypt and Rome using themes that form the foundation of the standards issued by The National Council of Social Studies. World Religions focus on the origins and basic beliefs of five world religions: Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism and Islam. The course has been designed to address the knowledge and assumptions the students have, along with what they want to know.

7-8

Grades 7 & 8 study one of two alternating themes each year. Human Rights asks students to interpret the United Nations’ document The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and test it against events from America’s history (including the Civil Rights Movement and the Supreme Court’s free speech ruling in Skokie, Illinois). Immigration curriculum topics include U.S. immigration history, migrant workers, and political refugees. The course culminates with each student taking the current United States Citizenship exam.

Values

6-7

Values classes in the 6th and 7th Grade are opportunities to discuss topics that are important in our lives as students, members of the school community and future global citizens. The goal of the curriculum is to help students understand themselves and empower them to achieve personal success. During the first Values class of the year, we deconstruct the Mission Statement of the school in an effort to help students understand the school’s philosophy and empower them with the information about why we ask learners to work outside their comfort zone. Additional topics covered include executive functioning and organization skills, media literacy, and human sexuality. We will discuss how to navigate friendships (including social media), to develop tolerance and empathy and to generate a deep and personal understanding of the self.

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The 8th Grade Values curriculum requires students to take their critical thinking to a new, higher level. Students are asked to define and refine for themselves what they hold dear, who they aspire to be, and how they choose to move through and interact with the world around them. In small-group discussions about current or historical events, or even hypothetical fact patterns, students are encouraged to be courageous and explore or state their opinions, even, perhaps especially, when those opinions differ from those of their peers. These middle school years can be tumultuous, and it is crucial for students to be equipped for the many values-laden decisions and challenges that lie ahead. It is a time to give guidance, and cultivate in students the capacity to anticipate and prepare for those challenges independently, so that, when the time comes, they have the skills to make sound judgments that are grounded in integrity and an understanding of what it means to be true to oneself and a participating citizen of the world.

Graduation Ritual

8

This course requires each Eighth Grade student to demonstrate mastery over a subject of their choice before a select a team of faculty members. Working closely with their Home Center Director and a faculty member of the student’s choice, students research, build, write, and/or compose a capstone project. Their culminating activity is the student’s project presentation before the faculty panel, to showcase knowledge and present evidence of autonomous learning. They are also asked to explain how each of the Seven School Skills was utilized to complete their project. The successful completion of the Mastery Project is a mandatory requirement for graduation.

Physical Development

6, 7, & 8

The Physical Development Curriculum consists of five areas: movement, team sports, beginner fitness, team building activities and new sport exposure to emphasize overall healthy lifestyle patterns. Game rules, sportsmanship, fair play and doing your best are highly reinforced. All students have the opportunity to participate in seasonal team sports. Soccer, basketball and softball are offered as the primary sports with games scheduled against other similarly-sized schools.

Music

6, 7, & 8

The overarching goal of the music program is to have students discover and stay in touch with the music within each of them and to find their own way of expressing that musicality. During their time at Mead, children are encouraged to expand their modes of musical expression. Specialized musical opportunities are offered to students including “Rock Band” and choral singing. Student performances are held twice a year for friends and family.

Art

6, 7, & 8

Two elective classes are offered each trimester. Each trimester builds on the preceding one, but also enables students to drop into the continuum when they choose. Previous elective offerings have included video, sculpture, studio art and photography. Open Studio times are available for students to come into the Art Center to work independently, pursuing individual ideas and materials.

Drama

6

Improvisation, scene work and one-act plays are taught in Grade 6 through the Innovative Theatre Project. Collaboration, respect, receiving and deep listening are essential skills that students learn through exercises and games. As the year progresses, students learn how to apply these principles of acting to their individual scene work.

7-8

Grades 7 and 8 experience Drama through a variety of classes focused on and offstage. Physical and oral communication skills are strengthened while promoting personal responsibility, collaboration, and teamwork. Students also produce a Shakespeare play once every two years. This multi-faceted experience requires students to study and draw inspiration from Shakespeare’s history to design sets, costumes, and characters. The event culminates in a series of public performances.

Hours

September - June
Monday - Friday | 8:40 AM - 3:30 PM

Full school calendar.


Location

Minutes from the Merritt Parkway!
1095 Riverbank Road,
Stamford, CT 06903
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Tuition 2017-18

Kindergarten - Grade 1 • $32,550

Grade 2 - Grade 3 • $35,545

Grade 4 - Grade 5 • $37,075

Grade 6 - Grade 7 • $38,895

Grade 8 • $40,380

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