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Middle School Overview

At the Middle School level, our curriculum builds upon the core foundation of the elementary years to prepare the students for the challenges of high school academics. Carden students are more likely to excel in high school because they are self-motivated, independent learners.

Language Arts & Literature

Students deepen their advanced-level linguistic and text analysis skills, which prepares them for the higher level texts they will encounter in high school. This includes dictation and grammar skills needed for high-level text comprehension. They learn to apply composition techniques to integrated works of literature, social studies, and history, with the goal of producing thoughtful, organized, and well-written essays and reports in addition to producing original works that express their uniqueness and imagination.

Mathematics

Pre-algebra and algebra classes emphasize working with numbers and equations to understand the underlying mathematics principles behind writing, solving, and graphing linear and quadratic equations. Mathematical reasoning is interwoven throughout the curriculum. In Geometry, students will explore shapes, size, relative positions, and properties of space. Pre-calculus is available for advanced students.

Science

Our science curriculum is designed to provide a strong foundation relevant for today’s world. Carden students enter high school ready to learn more advanced concepts. Topics covered include principles of earth science, biology, chemistry, and physics.

Music

In the middle school years, students focus on music appreciation and performance of music concepts. They’ll explore classical music, American Music History through the 1960’s, and contemporary music.

Foreign Language

During the middle school years, students will expand upon the fundamentals of foreign language established in elementary school. They’ll continue to explore vocabulary building, grammar, sentence structure, problem solving, and memorization skills in French, Mandarin, and Spanish.

Art

A wide range of art media and techniques are explored, including ceramics, clay, brush painting, and quilting, in addition to drawing mediums such as charcoal and pastels. Students study a variety of artists and genres, and utilize their works for inspiration on self-portraiture.

1-to-1 iPad Program

Each student receives their own iPad to engage with class content interactively and collaboratively. Classroom teachers have access to a wide variety of learning apps to supplement classroom learning. They can further individualize for students with different styles of learning and understanding. For this age group, students are permitted to take their iPads home to use for homework, projects, and multimedia presentations.

Additional Programs

Middle School students will also have the opportunity to explore computer programming, physical education including organized sports, and community service.

Field Trips

We recognize that some of the most important learning happens outside of the classroom. Our robust field trip program allows students to take full advantage of the rich resources in the Bay Area, California, and beyond. Field trips include the 6th grade multi-night science trip to Natural Bridges and Catalina Marine Institute and Washington D.C. for 7th and 8th graders.

Clubs

Other clubs and activities include Student Council, National Junior Honor Society, mentoring, and high school preparation classes.