Welcome in Middle School!
Middle school is a total new cycle for children. They begin to evolve towards being a teenager while still in need for structure and adult support. At this age, kids start to have mixed feelings about independence and guidelines. This is why the cycle’s first year – 6th grade – is so important.
To help you navigate through this key moment, we have created a 6th grade curriculum guide that presents a summary of our approach and curriculum.
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French / English
This is the natural continuity of your child’s bilingual elementary education at the FAA or at another French-American School. Students can speak, read, write and count in both languages at a 6th grade entrance level.
English with Accelerated French
In this track, students are not required to have prior French language.
A student can start without French knowledge. However, this track can also be the natural path for French-speaking families who didn’t choose the bilingual education during elementary years but would like to deepen their child’s ability in French. A strong second language with its cognitive and social benefits will be an advantage for higher achievement in high school or college.
Why choose the French American Academy for your middle schooler?
Children entering their teen years are encountering many changes, physical and emotional. Aside from puberty, children are also transitioning to a new school environment, where independence and a greater sense of organization is required, where academics and extracurricular activities are more competitive, where feelings and peer pressure are challenging.
To keep our students engaged and focused in their learning we provide an exciting environment and attractive programs.
In addition to the core academics of Humanities, Math, Science, 3rd Language, Physical Education, Music, Visual Arts, History of the Arts, and Debate we promote activities reinforcing teamwork and collaboration, creativity and imagination, using interdisciplinary connections.
Coding is indeed part of our math curriculum and students love to learn this additional language and be exposed to scratch, brackets, robots, etc.
To teach beyond traditional structures of the school day and to create a population of prepared, confident users of technology our Middle School students benefit from our one-on-one laptop policy and each student is provided with a Mac Book Air.
The Advisory sessions are also key to help our teenagers grow and blossom. The FAA values a personal approach and each Middle School student is assigned to a faculty advisor. Each advisor acts as the student advocate and liaison between home and school for academic and non-academic issues. Advisors will (1) assist students with academic and social concerns, (2) assist the students with organizational skills and time management, (3) guide the students to become an independent and organized learner. This is a key element in preparing our students for High School and College.
Every week, the students will practice their oral speaking abilities to become strong public speakers. Debates allow students to become more proficient in developing arguments, speaking, researching, reading, and writing skills. It promotes reasoning as well as communication skills. Whether based on current events, historical events or literature and reading circles, speaking skills are key to becoming a confident and involved citizen.
Giving back, matters. At the FAA, we think that students benefit greatly – both academically and emotionally – from volunteering their time. When students get involved in community service, they not only help others, they learn about themselves. They get to interact with people who have vastly different backgrounds, they learn patience and empathy. They expand their worldview, and practice real-world skills that will help them succeed in high school and beyond: leadership, problem-solving, collaboration with others, time management, and communication. They realize how their actions can have a positive impact. They become engaged and responsible citizens.
FAA’s students are encouraged to volunteer their time, energy and talent to their local, national and international communities. In Middle School, community service becomes a requirement for Graduation. 6th graders will volunteer 10 hours within the year, 7th graders 15 hours, and 8th graders 20 hours. Sharing with our communities is a key tenet of the FAA’s philosophy.
“Education is not a learning of facts but the training of the mind to think.”