Program and Philosophy

Program and Philosophy

MIDDLE SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY

Northwest Academy’s Middle School is committed to the well-being of its young adolescent students.  Personal support, academic rigor, and artistic adventure inspire students to be intellectually curious and intrinsically motivated.  Awareness of the particular social and academic needs of this age group is of the utmost priority.  Accordingly, students are provided assistance and encouragement as they develop personal awareness and social responsibility crucial to the maturing middle school student. Students learn critical academic and life skills that allow them to excel in their learning and in their contributions to the community.

WE BELIEVE
  • Middle school students are capable of far more rigorous work than they often experience
  • Middle school marks a crucial age that bridges childhood and adolescence and needs specialized nurturing under the close supervision of experienced teachers
  • Middle school students who work closely with adults tend to adopt the positive values of their adult role models
  • Middle school students thrive in a psychologically safe learning environment with a culture of mutual respect
  • Middle school students are acquiring critical skills that will determine the caliber of work they do in high school and college
  • Middle school programs should be exciting to students and promote their lifelong desire to learn

MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAM

Northwest Academy Reading List, Grades 6-12

FUNDAMENTAL (6TH GRADE)

English Literature & Writing: Fundamentals and Basic Work
Social Studies: Ancient Civilizations
Math (proficiency-based placement)
Life Science
Learning Lab
Visual Art, Tap Dance, Music (Band or Vocals)

PREPARATORY (7th Grade)

English Literature & Writing: Applying the Fundamentals
Social Studies: Project Citizen
Math (proficiency-based placement)
Physical Science
Learning Lab
Theatre, Speech & Debate, Dance, Media Arts, Music (Band, Vocals, or Guitar)

EXPLORATORY (8th Grade)

English Literature & Writing: Patterns, Themes, and Genres
Social Studies: Modern Conflicts and Resolutions
Math (proficiency based placement)
Earth Science
High School Lab and Study Hall
Theatre, Visual Art, Digital Photography, Music (Band, Vocals, or Guitar)

World Languages

Northwest Academy offers courses in Spanish, French, and Mandarin, ranging from the Introductory Level to the Fluent Level. The Fluent Level is designed for students who come from language immersion programs and have attained near-native fluency in the target language.

The Northwest Academy World Languages Program follows a natural/communicative language acquisition model.  This approach emphasizes immersion in the target language and a student-centered classroom in which students eventually produce more language than the teachers.

The World Language Program seeks to help students reach a level of functional fluency in the target language at the conclusion of four or more years of study. Students must  demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking before advancing to the next level.  The program’s curricular benchmarks and standards come from the Proficiency Guidelines established by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

  • Class Retreats

    Each grade level goes on its own unique retreat that relates to the curriculum.

    Class Retreats
    8th grade science retreat at Mt St. Helens.
  • All Students Benefit from Exposure to the Arts

    All Students gain new skills and confidence through dance, music, art, and theater classes. Northwest Academy attracts both students with and without an existing interest in the arts.

    All Students Benefit from Exposure to the Arts
  • Middle school students are capable of far more rigorous work than they often experience

    Middle school students are acquiring critical skills that will determine the caliber of work they do in high school and college.

    Middle school students are capable of far more rigorous work than they often experience