Grades 7 & 8

Middle School

Firmly rooted in the Montessori philosophy, the Middle School program is built upon a model developed by Dr. Betsy Coe with an integration of the best-practice trends and issues in education. FCMA has strived to develop a curriculum with the needs of the whole child in mind: intellectual, social/emotional and physical. The mission of the Middle School curriculum is to help students develop self-esteem, independence, responsibility, acceptance of others, development of organizational strategies and effective/satisfying social relationships.

Each spring, the Middle School students complete 35-40 hours of working experience through an internship program. This program provides the students with an opportunity to pursue their own interests while building a professional network, learning to be adaptable, increasing self-confidence, and creating a vision for their personal future.

Male student working at a desk smiling

Middle School Curriculum

Practical Life
Care of OneselfCare of the EnvironmentGrace & CourtesySkills DevelopingMicroeconomics
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Sewing
  • Budgeting
  • Daily Community Jobs
  • Gardening
  • Woodworking
  • Trip Planning
  • Classroom Management
  • Cooking
  • Teamwork
  • Manners
  • Public Speaking
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Leadership
  • Time Management
  • Reasoning
  • Community Service
  • Babysitting Service (student run)
  • Popcorn Sales
  • Variety Show (student run)
Natural World (Science)
Year AYear B
  • Connection of Living Things-Cell Structure
  • Exploration of Living Things- Domains/Protists and Fungus Kingdom; Kingdoms; Human Connections
  • Identify – History of Genetics, How Genetics Determine Identity
  • Systems- Characteristics of Vertebrae and Invertebrate Systems (phylum and classes)
  • Interdependence – How are ecosystems, populations, and communities interdependent and interrelated (parts of ecosystem, protecting Earth’s resources)
  • Laws of Gravitational Force and Motion; Electromagnetic Forces
  • Building Blocks of Matter; Structure of the Atom, Organization of Properties (periodic table)
  • Energy; Laws of Thermodynamics and Transformation, Transmission, and Types of Energy
  • Energy: Exploration of work and work efficiency; How Energy is Changed to Useful Electrical Power
  • Forms of Energy: Fossil Fuels and Alternative/Emerging Energy Forms; Balance of Technology and Nature


Humanities (Social Studies: History, Government)
Art & Music Appreciation