“Education is not a learning of facts but the training of the mind to think.”
Our Middle school Curriculum is designed to accompany students into a new cycle. Indeed, children enter a phase in their personal and academic life full of changes. This is when they begin to evolve towards being a teenager while still in need for structure and adult support. At this age, kids start to have mixed feelings about independence and guidelines. This is why Middle School is so important.
Two Tracks Available in Middle School
This is the natural continuity of your child’s bilingual elementary education received at the French American Academy or at another French-American School. Students can speak, read, write and count in both languages at the 6th-grade entrance level.
Accelerated French Track
In this track, students are not required to have prior French language and can start without any French Knowledge. This track can also be the natural path for French-speaking families who didn’t choose a bilingual education during elementary years but would like to deepen their child’s ability in French.
Middle School Curriculum Core Subjects
In addition to the subjects listed, students also study Spanish, Coding and STEM, Health and Physical Education, and Music.
Humanities integrate Language Arts and Social Studies. Our Humanities classes aim to strengthen students’ communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and reading comprehension skills. Students learn humanities classes with French and English teachers co-teaching and teaching separately to help draw connections and build bridges between the two languages and curriculums.
Humanities focus on the human experience through reading, writing, history, art, philosophy, religion, government, social classes, methodology, gender, and other culture. Subject taught include: French, English, History, Geography
Project-Based Learning Methods used in teaching Humanities The teachers promote active learning to engage students and promote independent decision-making during lessons. Our teachers encourage student-led discussions, student-based inquiries, primary sources analysis, and analyzing different sources.
Mathematics integrates the French and American math curricula to help students draw connections, analyze curriculum differences, and develop more profound critical thinking skills and alternative perspectives. American math system looks at problem-solving in real-life situations, while French promotes learning math theory and practicing essential principles, understanding, and writing proofs. The combination of French and American math curricula allows the students to view math as an open-minded subject with multiple ways to solve a problem and a structured manner where they have to use principles and math practices. (rewrite to make it more clear). Our math program prepares middle school students to enter high school with high proficiency in Algebra and Geometry.
Project-Based Methods used in teaching Mathematics We challenge students to engage in inquiry-based learning, proving their thinking and communicating it to their peers. To engage students in learning, we connect math lessons to student lives to help them understand how math is used everywhere. Students also engage in various hands-on math projects.
The Science curriculum focuses on the three branches of science: physical, life, and earth sciences. We provide students with bilingual co-teaching classes and…..Our French and English teachers work together to strengthen students’ analytical thinking skills. We want students to be able to come up with different solutions and introduce research and analytical thinking. We expect students to become better writers who analyze reports.
Project-Based Method used in teaching Science The science curriculum aims to foster excitement and enthusiasm for learning science concepts through inquiry-based and student-active experiences.
The Arts Plastiques course follows the requirements of the French curriculum and is inspired by an interdisciplinary approach.
In a society increasingly based on visual information, it is more essential than ever to teach children and teenagers what is an image, how to create, compose it and decipher its message.
Students will be learning perceptual and vocabulary tools. In addition, they will be developing creative expression, learning historical background and practicing critical thinking. Moreover, students study topics through a transversal approach which allows then to create bridges between Arts, History, Literature and Philosophy.
With assignments such as “Masked, unmasked”, “off the frame”, “autoportrait in collage”, “wonderful landscapes” and more, students discover their own creative process. There are as many methods as there are students in a class and individual creativity is valued.
We encourage students to explore different mediums before learning specific techniques (drawing people, landscapes, watercolor technique, comics, designing a poster…). After each project, they discover and learn about artworks of various styles and from different time periods. Learning the historical background and context as well as connections with other disciplines help them gain global and multicultural perspective of Arts and Humanities.
To provide our middle schoolers with interdisciplinary experience and strengthen oral communication skills, listening, reading, critical thinking, and confidence, students engage in debates based on various topics such as current events, historical events, or literature circles.
As social media and ongoing news is becoming increasingly important in our daily lives, we provide our students with the proper tools to navigate through this
Teaching Through Projects
The French American Academy nurtures, supports, and fosters Project-Based Pedagogy. This approach helps children become active learners.
Benefits of Project-Based Pedagogy:
- Improves understanding and retention of content
- Increases motivation for all students who learn by actively engaging in real-world and personally meaningful projects.
- Develops a creative and analytical thinking mindset.
Example of a Project Based learning in Middle school:
The musical “Face à Face” is a project that Middle School students have been working on for 10 months. The 6th graders designed the costumes, the 7th graders wrote and composed the songs, and the 8th graders wrote the story and script. This interdisciplinary project, which required creativity, thoroughness, and team spirit, premiered for parents on June 10th and was a success!
“Face à Face” The Musical
Coding & Technology Middle School
Laptop Program – All middle school students benefit from our one-on-one laptop policy, and each student is provided with a Mac Book Air which allows them to access course resources and communicate and collaborate with teachers and peers regarding their studies and school-related activities and events.
Coding classes – Coding is part of our math curriculum, and students love to learn this additional language and be exposed to scratch, brackets, or robots. Furthermore, our curriculum will include an introduction to AI – Artificial Intelligence – to understand algorithms and the usage of AI in daily life.
Supporting the needs of our Students
Advisory – The FAA values a personal approach and each Middle School student is assigned to a faculty advisor. Each advisor acts as the student advocate and liaison between home and school for academic and non-academic matters.
Community Service – When students get involved in community service, they not only help others but also learn about themselves. They get to interact with people who have vastly different backgrounds, they learn patience and empathy. They expand their worldview and practice real-world skills like leadership, problem-solving, collaboration, time management, and communication, which will help them succeed in high school and beyond.
High School Preparation – In the end, the main objective of any middle school is to prepare students for high school and beyond. At the FAA, middle schoolers take the PSAT in 7th grade, are coached by their teachers and advisors, and are encouraged to apply to the best high schools in the area.
Learn more about where our students go to high school!
Middle School FAQs
We offer two French language tracks to choose from!
The Bilingual Track does require prior knowledge of French, while in the Accelerated French Track students do not need to know any French.
But don’t worry, we understand that learning a 2nd language can be challenging, hence we offer additional support like ESL & FSL classes to ensure all of our students succeed.
Plus, our nurturing environment with small class sizes is perfect for helping students thrive and reach their full potential.
Our French teachers are from countries where French is the official language and speak French as their native language and our English teachers are native English speakers.