LS English 1 (5th Grade)
English 1 is an integrated language course which teaches word study, vocabulary building, reading comprehension, grammar, spelling, and writing. Students learn about the structure of the English language and engage in lively, meaningful discussions.
LS Math 1 (5th Grade)
Math 1 teaches all four operations, place value, part-to-whole relationships and equivalence, problem solving with expressions and equations, foundations of functions through patterning, identify prime and composite numbers, and order of operations. Students also determine and generate solutions to expressions, classify two-dimensional figures, connect geometric attributes to the measures of three-dimensional figures, use units of measure, and represent location using a coordinate plane.
LS Math 2 (6th Grade)
Prerequisite: LS Math 1
Math 2 expands students’ knowledge of numbers, numerical operations, computation, proportionality, expressions and equations, geometry, measurement and data, personal financial literacy, and the fundamental concepts of algebra. Students prepare for the rigor required in higher math courses through sustained computational practice and problem solving and learn that process in mathematics is as important as the final answer.
LS Math 3 (7th Grade)
Prerequisite: LS Math 2
Math 3 develops students’ proportional thinking, algebraic reasoning, operations with rational numbers, geometric and spatial reasoning, statistical analysis, and problem solving. With emphasis on process and justification, students learn to evaluate their answers for reasonableness, as well as draw conclusions, evaluate arguments, and make recommendations.
LS Math 4/Pre-Algebra (8th Grade)
Prerequisite: LS Math 3
Math 4 emphasizes Algebra readiness, problem solving, and geometric applications. Students study real numbers and scientific notation, linear equations, functions, graphing, angle measurements in parallel lines and triangles, Pythagorean Theorem, volume, surface area, variables on both sides of an equation/inequality along with distributing and combining like terms, transformations, dilations, similarity, proportionality, scatter plots, trend lines, mean, absolute deviation and personal financial literacy.
LS Science 2 (6th grade)
Students in Science 2 learn about the nature of scientific discovery, examine minerals and rocks, and conduct experiments to learn about force, motion, and energy. Students also study the organization of the solar system, read about space exploration, and learn about organisms and their environments.
LS Science 3 (7th Grade)
Prerequisite: LS Science 2
Science 3 examines the relationship between organisms and their environment. Students explore some of the characteristics that allow life to exist: force, motion, matter, and the energy observed in living systems. Student also learn about the structure and function of cells, plus the systems of the human body, as well as various ecosystems.
LS Science 4 (8th grade)
Prerequisite: LS Science 3
Science 4 emphasis group and individual projects as students explore various topics. Students learn about force and motion, atoms, chemical and physical properties, interactions between matter and energy, ecosystems, characteristics of the universe, cycles in earth systems, interdependence among living systems, and human impact on the Earth.
In this course students explore self-expression while learning basic techniques for drawing, painting, and design. Students recognize and use artistic elements (line, shape, color, value, form, texture, and space), and design principles (rhythm, balance, proportion, variety, emphasis, harmony, and unity) as they develop their individual talents.
LS Creative Writing
Credit: 1.0 | Prerequisite: None
This course encourages student writers to develop versatility by exposing them to the forms, standards, and techniques used by professional authors. Students learn how to scaffold the writing process and to critically evaluate their own work while setting manageable goals for themselves as writers.
Credit: N/A | Prerequisite: None
Student in Robotics learn fundamentals of engineering design and programming by using the VEX IQ system to design, build and program robots that compete in challenges, Arduino microcontrollers to understand fundamentals of programming logic and physical computing, and Scratch (or similar variants) to blink LED lights, detect button presses and use other sensors with Arduino.
Motivated Middle School students are eligible to enroll in select High School electives with prior approval from Administration.
LS English 2 (6th Grade)
Prerequisite: LS English 1
In English 2 students strengthen their literacy and communication skills as they study themes, genres, and various texts. Students learn beginning techniques for expository and persuasive writing and participate in reading and writing workshops.
LS English 3 (7th Grade)
Prerequisite: LS English 2
Students in English 3 study well-crafted essays, stories, and poems as models for their own literary, expository, and persuasive writing. Students learn to speak in front of a group and contribute to class discussions.
LS English 4 (8th Grade)
Prerequisite: LS English 3
Students in English 4 further develop their interpretive and analytical skills through collaborative discussions and the study of major literary genres. Students continue to practice the mechanics of writing as they respond to the texts they read, and then use their ideas as the foundation for their own analytical writings.
Prerequisite: LS English 4
This course explains the rules of English grammar and parts of speech so that students clearly understanding how language is constructed. Students in this course read one novel each quarter and complete several activities, including learning how to diagram a sentence.