The middle school students have multiple teachers who specialize in individual subjects.
Sixth grade learners participate in higher order thinking, concepts, and activities. Students have the opportunity to work with the San Francisco Opera Guild which leads to a deeper appreciation of performing arts. In Literature, the students are assigned books from a multitude of genres in order to enhance reading comprehension skills which will be essential for understanding textbooks and other more complex texts. The Language Arts, Religion, and Social Studies programs employ project based learning which prepares students for future academic, personal, and career success. Students will prepare for and take the test for Citizenship in order to experience what immigrants actually experience while attempting to become a U.S. citizen. The test has three components which include reading, writing, and speaking. Sixth grade math students focus on understanding the number system as it relates to negatives and positives, greatest common factors, least common multiples, coordinates, expressions, equations, finding area of polygons, finding volume of rectangular prisms, and using nets to find surface area. Students also begin statistics concepts which include mean, mode, median, range, interquartile range, and mean absolute deviations. The Earth Science curriculum examines the Earth’s energy, atmosphere, weather, plate tectonics and the causes of earthquakes and volcanoes. Students conduct in-depth experiments in order to investigate the science behind global warming. Students also participate in the San Mateo County Science Fair by completing a long-range investigation on a matter of global scientific importance and by presenting their results to the school community. In technology, students learn how to design and print 3D objects. Using Audacity and Adobe Premiere, students also create their own audio poetry and movie trailers.