Curriculum

6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade
English Literature & Composition Literature & Composition Literature & Composition
Mathematics  Course 1, Course 2, Course 3, Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II Course 1, Course 2, Course 3, Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II Course 1, Course 2, Course 3, Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II
Science  Life Science Physical Science Earth and Space Science
History  Ancient History, Early Ages American History, Civil War – Great Depression American History / Civics, World War II – Contemporary World
Electives Foreign Language, Strings, Band, Technology Foreign Language, Strings, Band, Technology Foreign Language, Strings, Band, Technology
Physical Education Physical Education Physical Education Physical Education

Curriculum Description:

Mathematics
Course 1
Whole Numbers and Decimals
Data and Graphs
Patterns and Variables
Number Theory and Fractions
Adding and Subtracting Fractions
Multiplying and Dividing Fractions
Ratios, Proportions, and Percents
Tools of Geometry
Geometry and Measurement
Exploring Probability
Integers
Equations and Inequalities
Course 2
Decimals and Integers
Exponents, Factors, and Fractions
Operations With Fractions
Equations and Inequalities
Ratios, Rates, and Proportions
Percents
Geometry
Measurement
Patterns and Rules
Graphing in the Coordinate Plane
Displaying and Analyzing Data
Using Probability
Course 3
Integers and Algebraic Expressions
Rational Numbers
Real Numbers and the Coordinate Plane
Applications of Proportions
Applications of Percent
Equations and Inequalities
Geometry
Measurement
Using Graphs to Analyze Data
Probability
Functions
Polynomials and Properties of Exponents

 

Science
6th Grade – Life Science
Human Brain and Senses
Populations and Ecosystems
Diversity of Life
7th Grade – Physical Science
Electronics
Chemical Interactions
Force and Motion
8th Grade – Earth and Space Science
Planetary Science
Earth History
Weather and Water

 

San Tan Charter School’s Middle School consist of grades 6th-8th where each student is part of a learning community that emphasizes the founding principles of San Tan: cutting-edge academics while providing real-world learning opportunities for students to grow socially and emotionally.

Each student’s day will be scheduled around 6 class periods. The academic class periods will revolve around the 4 core classes of language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science. The teachers of the 4 core classes will be highly qualified to teach within their content area. This means they have a certification to teach a particular academic subject. This is important because teachers that have a true mastery of a content area are able to take students to the depth they need within the coursework.

Language Arts across 6th, 7th, and 8th grade consists of Literature & Composition. Students will take a placement test in May to determine which level language arts course they will be placed in, so these courses may be multi-age if a student places into a higher level course. The teachers have selected the Prentice Hall Literature program as the curriculum. The program is aligned to the Common Core standards, and the rigor in is such that many educators feel curriculum tied to the common core standards is a grade level to a grade level and a half above the Arizona Standards. As an example, you may have a 6th grade student that is placed in a text at 6th grade. We are not neglecting our grade level above expectation as the current 6th grade text aligned to common core is already a minimum of a year advanced in difficulty level.

In Mathematics, the course work ranges from Course 1 through Algebra II. There is a description on the bottom of the course of study page that describes each mathematics course offered. Students will test in May to place into the appropriate mathematics class. Students must show mastery on an end of course exam to place into the next level of mathematics. The curriculum is a recent publishing and aligns to the common core standards, so when you view it you will be able to see that it will provide students with a challenge. If you are interested in learning more about the Mathematics curriculum selected, Prentice Hall Mathematics, then visit www.phschool.com. The initial three courses in the program are Courses 1, 2, and 3 Common Core Edition 2012.

Science curriculum will follow the scope and sequence as shown on the course of study page and will not be multi-age classrooms because the topics are prescribed by the AZ state standards, so the teacher will teach for depth in each grade level classroom. We will continue with the Foss Science kits that are currently implemented in the elementary school to continue with the scope and sequence of the program. Additional information on Middle School Foss Science Modules can be found at http://www.fossweb.com/modulesMS/index.html.

History classes will be similar to science in that the student will complete the coursework with their grade level peers as shown in the course of study. Staff is still in the process of reviewing the textbooks that will be used to deliver the content, and that will also be available to view in the district office in the upcoming weeks.