Middle School (Grades 7-8)

What does the Reggio-inspired environment look like in Grades 7-8?

We know that the Middle School years are a period of rapid growth and change for pre-teens. We know that they want greater independence but we also know that they need to experience that growing independence in a safe and secure environment. Our Middle School students eat in a special area of the piazza, reserved for them. We engage them as leaders who assist other students and take on complex learning projects.

Our Middle School students get to utilize all areas of the school for their learning and enrichment. This includes our piazza (an open public space used for community gatherings), science lab, maker space, yoga and meditation room, full gymnasium, and kitchen. Middle School students also enjoy our outdoor spaces, including outdoor education in the Saigeon Valley trail, located directly behind our school.

Middle School class size capped at 20.

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What is the Middle School curriculum?

Richland Academy is an inquiry-based learning school with a strong academic program. In Grades 7 to 8 teachers implement the Ontario provincial curriculum, enhanced by an inquiry-based learning classroom approach, and the elements of International Baccalaureate (IB-MYP) Curriculum Framework. Subjects include English, French, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Visual Art, Performing Arts, and Health and Physical Education.

As part of our Middle School programming, all students participate in Exam Preparation sessions. These sessions help students to become proficient test takers because this is a skill that they will need when they enter secondary school.

Our Middle School students also participate in unique leadership opportunities tied to social justice initiatives in our local community and in a global context.

Students in Grades 7 and 8 work within the eight subject groups of the International Baccalaureate (IB-MYP) framework. These eight groups are:

  • Language Acquisition
  • Language and Literature
  • Individuals and Societies
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Arts
  • Physical and Health Education
  • Design

The MYP aims to help students develop their personal understanding, their emerging sense of self and responsibility in their community.

Using global contexts, MYP students develop an understanding of their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet through developmentally appropriate explorations of:

  • identities and relationships
  • personal and cultural expression
  • orientations in space and time
  • scientific and technical innovation
  • fairness and development
  • globalization and sustainability

Curricular and co-curricular activities specially geared to learners from Grades 7-8.

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What does inquiry-based learning experiences look like in Grades 7-8?

As students progress through the two years of Middle School, they work within an inquiry-based learning model that incorporates increasing levels of sophistication and complexity. As this inquiry indicates, students develop a rich understanding of how to fine, use, and make sense of evidence. This equips them for success at whatever secondary school they choose to attend upon graduation.