Designed to meet the varied needs of the early adolescent, the Middle School integrates subjects, study skills, community service, athletics, and social and personal growth activities into its program. It offers a challenging and enriching experience, preparing students for the Upper School’s rigorous college preparatory curriculum.
The curriculum combines the core subjects – math, English, science, social studies, and foreign language – as well as fine arts, technology, and physical education to develop the six potentials of each student. Students have the opportunity to choose courses that stimulate and challenge them academically.
Crenshaw’s Middle School builds upon the academic foundation laid in the earlier years. In grades six through eight, basic skills are solidified as students expand their knowledge of literature, social studies, mathematics, science, computer, health, and performing arts. It is at this time, after interdisciplinary exposure to Spanish in the Lower School, that students begin formal instruction of modern language.
The demanding course of study exposes students to a broad knowledge base and readies them for the scholastic commitments expected in our college preparatory Upper School. All classes are small and discussion-based. Middle School curriculum is interdisciplinary, multicultural and is designed to stretch students’ thinking from the concrete to the abstract. Our approach keeps enthusiasm high, while helping students use facts and techniques, and apply concepts creatively to both individual and group work.
Crenshaw attends to the developmental needs specific to adolescents by addressing and supporting the increased need at this level for good organization, routine study skills, responsibility for one’s work and mature social behavior.