Gradpoint Middle School Core
Language Arts (English)
Year 1 (6th grade):
This course covers concepts in grammar, reading, and study skills. It gives students a strong foundation in skills that they will use throughout middle and high school.
Year 2 (7th grade):
This course delves more deeply in reading and writing skills, exposing students to important foundational aspects of literature. It also exposes them to different types of writing that they will explore in their high school courses.
Year 3 (8th grade):
This course continues building on the foundations set in the previous two levels of Language Arts, adding different styles of writing and literature into the mix to develop their abilities further.
Basic Math (6th grade):
In this course, students compare, order and perform operations with decimals and write and solve one-step equations using number sense and inverse operations. They are taught how to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions and mixed numbers. The also explore ratio and proportion and study the relationship between fractions, decimals, and percents, find percents of numbers, and estimate percents. Students explore theoretical and experimental probability, graph points and functions, solve and graph inequalities, find square roots, identify rational numbers, and use the Pythagorean Theorem.
Intermediate Math (7th grade):
In this course, students further develop their skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of decimals, integers and fractions. They learn how to solve equations and inequalities, identify congruent figures and find missing measures, and find the area, circumference, surface area and volume of shapes and objects. Students also investigate linear and nonlinear relationships, slope, transformations, and symmetry. Each lesson contains real-world examples guiding students through the problem-solving process.
Pre-Algebra (8th grade):
This course addresses concepts related to performing operations with integers and fractions, factoring, and simplifying expressions with exponents. The course shows how to solve multi-step equations and inequalities, and it presents concepts related to writing and solving proportions and percent problems. Students learn to recognize linear functions and their graphs, identify polygons and solids, solve for area and volume, and display data.
World Studies (6th grade):
The World Studies course provides a unique balance of history, geography, and culture; it expands students’ understanding of each world region through a focus on its major countries. Additionally, students learn the foundations of geography. Regions covered include Africa, Asia and the Pacific, the United States and Canada, Europe and Russia, and Latin America. The history and geography of the ancient world and medieval times to present day are also included.
American History: Colonies-Civil War (7th grade):
The American History course presents a chronological history of the American experience from the earliest times to the Civil War. It covers topics such as, colonial America, the American Revolution, and issues faced by the early republic. It also covers westward expansion, and the Civil War.
American History: Industrialization-Present (8th grade):
The American History course presents a chronological history of the American experience from the Civil War to the present. It covers topics such as industrialization, WWI, the Great Depression, WWII, the Cold War, Civil Rights, and the Vietnam War. Finally, students learn about the challenges faced by the United States in the 21st century.
Life Science (6th grade):
The Life Science course begins with a review of measurement skills and the scientific method. Then students learn to classify organisms based on taxonomy, domains, and kingdoms. Cell structure, function, and processes are covered next, along with DNA, heredity, and the theory of evolution. The systems of the human body are presented, followed by extensive coverage of biological ecosystems, habitats, organism populations, and environmental issues.
Earth Science (7th grade):
The Earth Science course begins with a study of the Earth’s interior structure, forces, and types of rock. Earth’s topography is covered next, including mountains and oceans and forces that form and change surface features over time. Next, students learn about the solar system, star formation, and current theories concerning the nature of the universe. The course is completed by a study of the Earth’s atmosphere, including energy transfer, wind, weather, and climate.
Physical Science (8th grade):
The Physical Science course begins with an investigation of the elements of matter and their properties and states, followed by a study of chemical compounds, chemical bonds, and reactions. Next, students turn their attention to the topics of motion, forces, and energy, followed by an investigation of magnetism and electricity, including semiconductors and digital devices. The course concludes with a study of wave phenomena, including sound, light, and radio waves.