Students in USJ’s Middle School are directed through a challenging, yet nurturing program to meet their distinct needs as they progress from the Lower School’s developmental approach to learning to the content-based curriculum of the Upper School.
Students rotate through classes and teachers who teach a core curriculum of mathematics, history, language arts, and science. Seventh and Eighth grade students choose between a full year of French or Spanish. Additional learning opportunities include art, music, choir or band, technology, physical education, and strength and conditioning classes. Field trips such as a sixth grade team building field trip, a seventh grade trip to Atlanta, and an eighth grade trip to New York and Washington, D.C., allow students to experience a global view of education.
Students develop the knowledge, skills, and habits necessary for academic success in the Upper School. All eighth graders, for example, take physical science so they are prepared for biology as freshmen. Honors classes in math (sixth), language arts (seventh) and world language (eighth) are gradually added in the Middle School. Students also work to develop character and healthy habits through an advisory curriculum.
At USJ, we know the Middle School years are a time of tremendous academic, emotional, and physical growth. We love, engage, and challenge every student to embrace our mission as they grow and prepare for the challenges of the Upper School and beyond.
USJ Middle School students are offered a variety of challenging academic courses designed to prepare them for High School and beyond. Each student is enrolled in a rigorous academic schedule that includes English, Math, History, Science, and a World Language.
This booklet is designed to be a resource for you to better understand life in the Middle School.