Middle School Curriculum
Core academic classes include humanities, mathematics, science, Spanish, arts (in 6th and 7th grade—a trimester each of music, visual, and performing arts; in 8th grade—a student-selected year-long choice of one of the three), physical education, and a choice of electives. In addition, all 6th grade students take Organization & Study Skills; all 7th grade students take Mind & Body; and all 8th grade students take Into the Wild Workshop—an intensive year-long independent study on the topic of their choice. Every student is a member of an advisory group that meets five days per week and is guided by a teacher who serves as the student’s advisor and primary advocate. Middle school students can participate in a full range of clubs, drama and music performances, visual arts exhibitions, and athletic teams.
The core curriculum integrates learning about visual and performing arts, technology and library use, music, physical education and health, and multiculturalism. All teaching and learning intentionally supports students as they develop skills in inquiry, information literacy, and self-expression. Experiential learning outside the classroom includes field trips, community involvement, and annual outdoor education treks.
Students are assessed based on rubrics and their adherence to Wildwood’s Habits of Mind and Heart. At the end of their 8th grade year, all students present their first Gateway as they demonstrate the completion of the previous two years’ academic work and their readiness to enter the upper school.