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.


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.

Middle School Advising

Middle school students will have an advising class Tuesday through Friday for 35 minutes per day. This class is one of the most important ways through which students develop a sense of belonging in the school community. Students develop goals, create personal and academic plans, portfolios, and record community service projects. Through daily contact with an advisor, students learn in a supportive community of peers and faculty. The advisor/advisee program serves three main purposes: affective development, academic development, and student’s advocate. In addition, advisors facilitate student-led conferences. Advising is not a daily study hall. Students enjoy a three-year relationship with advisors.

For a full description of advising and profiles, please see our flyer.

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)


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 of Effective Teens
  • Art Principles of Design
  • Band
  • Colorado Outdoors
  • Computer Applications I & II
  • Digital Literacy
  • Drama
  • German
  • Health (including intro to personal wellness, intro to health and wellness, intro to mental/emotional health, intro to body systems, dealing with social pressures, substance use prevention/awareness, human growth and development, social and emotional health, healthy nutrition, healthy skills for success, social and emotional wellness, and health in society)
  • Intro to Sign Language
  • Middle School Success
  • Music Appreciation (Choir)
  • Orienteering
  • PE (including individual team sports, evolution of sports, adventure ed, inception of sports, leisure and recreational sports, rec sports and fitness, lifetime sports and activities, group dynamic activities, world sports PE, team sports and activities, and lifetime fitness)
  • Personal Finance
  • Postmodern/Choice Based Art
  • Sculpture
  • Spanish
  • Speech and Storytelling
  • Teen Leadership
  • The Economics of Art
  • Theatre Arts

Middle School Bell Schedule

Middle School Lunch Schedule


  • 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.