Middle School Schedule
The Middle School operates on a 6 day cycle. Both academic and special courses -- like physical education, drama, 7th grade foreign language exploration (FLEX), health/wellness/fitness, and foreign language (French, Spanish, and German) -- follow this cycle.
Students in grades 6 and 7 take 6-day cycle specials every three days all year. In grade 6, students take PE, Digital Citizenship, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). In 7th grade, students take PE, STEM, and FLEX. So, for example, a student might have FLEX on days 1 and 4, PE on days 2 and 5, and STEM on days 3 and 6. The quarterly specials (art, music, tech, and health/wellness) are every day for 1 marking period.
In 8th grade, specials are taken every other day all year. So, an 8th grade student may have Art/Tech/Music on days 1,3,5 and PE/Fitness on 1,3,5 to balance out a full block of foreign language on days 2,4,6.
The 6-day cycle also affects academic classes. In each grade level, Science and Social Studies alternate on A/B days. Occasionally, the grade level will make adjustments to this schedule based on curricular needs such as labs.