University Schools

Middle School Curriculum

University Middle School students demonstrate continual academic growth through emphasis on fostering a student-centered and developmentally appropriate learning environment for pre-adolescents.

Philosophy

At University Schools Middle School, our philosophy is to create learning environments that:

  • Are small and safe
  • Promote stable relationships among students, their peers, and teachers
  • Are intellectually stimulating
  • Utilize active and challenging learning strategies
  • Provide skill development for lifelong learning

To achieve this dynamic, all students meet daily with their advisor and a peer group of advisees. Together they create portfolios, learn self-advocacy, set goals, establish positive peer relationships, and create opportunities to gain support for academic and personal growth. Throughout the year, advisors conduct student-led parent conferences.

Core Curriculum

All middle school students participate in the required core courses including:

  • Language Arts (Reading and Communications)
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM)

Electives

We offer a broad range of elective courses selected to expose students to and help them develop new areas of interest leading to careers or other opportunities. Students may choose from courses such as:

  • 7 Habits
  • American Sign Language (ASL)
  • Art
  • Band
  • Choir
  • German
  • Health
  • Hero Literature
  • Leadership (8th Grade)
  • Middle School Success
  • Nutrition
  • Orienteering
  • PE
  • Personal Finance
  • Spanish
  • Technology
  • Theatre Arts

Middle School Lunch Schedule

Mondays

  • 6th grade - 10:50–11:25 a.m.
  • 7th grade - 11:40–12:15 p.m.
  • 8th grade - 12:25–1:00 p.m.

Tuesday through Friday

  • 6th grade - 11:30–12:00 p.m.
  • 7th grade - 12:20–12:50 p.m.
  • 8th grade - 12:30–1:00 p.m.

Parents/guardians may sign students out for lunch; however, we ask that you strictly adhere to the designated lunch periods.