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 six global themes of the International Baccalaureate (IB-MYP) framework. These six themes are:

Who we are: an inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.

How We Express Ourselves: an inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.

How the World Works: an inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.

Sharing the Planet: an inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

How we Organize Ourselves: an inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.

Where we are in Place and Time: an inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between, and the interconnectedness of, individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.

The IB framework develops the intellectual, personal, social, and emotional skills children need to thrive in a rapidly globalizing and changing world.

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.