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academics | grades 6-8

Our Middle School

If you ask The John Crosland School students, they will say that Middle School is comfortable, exciting and fun. In this positive atmosphere, our Middle School students receive the tools that they need to succeed both academically and socially.

Personal growth during adolescence is critical, and we strive to offer students every opportunity for guidance and development. Additionally, we provide meaningful programs in social thinking, character education and in executive function development during classroom instruction and extracurricular activities.

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Typical Class Offerings

Reading Tutorial or Comprehension

English 8

Math

Written Expression

Science

Social Studies, NC History

Spanish Cultures

Counseling (as needed)

Social Skills/Guidance Lessons (as needed)

Executive Functioning

Specials: Music, Art and Physical Education

Our Middle School Education

1 School hours 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

2 Team approach to academic and social needs

3 Two Language Arts classes daily (6th and 7th grade)

4 Daily Recess and Creative Arts classes

5 Study skills coaching

6 Self-awareness and executive function development

7 Social communication instruction

8 In-classroom use of innovative technological applications and access to Makerspace

9 Collaborative service learning projects

10 Regular field trips that reflect and support academic, social skill and executive functions

11 Six periods a day including a supervised Executive Function Support period

12 Extracurricular activities: athletics, clubs, social events, leadership opportunities

Educational Management Plan (EMP)

Each student has an Educational Management Plan. Parent-Team Meetings are held to review and discuss the student’s progress and needs for each class.

In preparation for the EMP we not only work with our students via guidance lessons and individual sessions with Crosland’s School Counselor, we also provide each family with an EMP Parent Form to help them target both short and long term goals for their child.

Counseling

In Middle School Counseling, we place an emphasis on social communication and transition planning. In addition to these overarching themes, our students take part in the following programs: Guidance lessons, Middle & Upper Girls Group, as well as College and Career Events. These programs are intended to strengthen our students’ social/emotional skills while also encouraging our students to be active in their school community.

Orton-Gillingham Methodology

The Orton-Gillingham methodology is a direct, explicit, multisensory, structured, sequential, diagnostic, and prescriptive way to teach literacy when reading, writing, and spelling does not come easily to individuals, such as those with dyslexia. In the hands of a well-trained and experienced instructor, it is a powerful tool of exceptional breadth, depth, and flexibility. The highly structured approach introduces the idea of breaking reading and spelling down into smaller skills involving letters and sounds and then building on these skills over time. It also pioneered the “multisensory” approach to teaching reading. This means that instructors use sight, hearing, touch, and movement to help students connect language with letters and words.

Helpful Links to Prepare for Middle and High School

13 Tips for Success From a Middle School Principal

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Grades 6-8: Social Emotional Skills (lessons)

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Tips for the Transition to High School

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We celebrate and embrace every child’s unique needs when it comes to education. We would love to speak with you more about your child and find out if the Crosland School is the right choice for you and your family!