Middle school is a time of significant change in students’ lives. At Southfield, our students are guided by a veteran faculty and support staff who recognize the value of life lessons. Small group advisory meetings address current issues as well as relational topics to help students learn to live lives of excellence.
Students taking Algebra I, Geometry, and Spanish have the opportunity to receive high school credits.
The language arts program in our Middle School is predicated on reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. A love of reading is encouraged in numerous ways, including literature circles, access to diverse books, and reading celebrations. All children practice writing in various forms through journaling and creative and expository essays. Language arts classes for 5th and 6th-grade students are double-blocked to allow maximum development of essential skills. 7th and 8th-grade students participate in a nine-week writing intensive in addition to their regular English classes.
The mathematics department at Southfield believes in building a grounded, comprehensive mathematical framework that trains students to think logically and critically. Southfield’s mathematics program emphasizes problem-solving and develops critical thinking by practicing basic skills and understanding and communicating mathematical thinking and strategies. A range of courses is offered to meet the needs of all students. Gifted math students can begin to accelerate their mathematics in 6th grade through Accelerated Curricular Experience (ACE). ACE students may earn Algebra I and geometry high school credits. Most students are able to gain high school credit in Algebra I in the 8th grade. Our math program ensures students learn and absorb the critical information they need to succeed in high school and college mathematics.
Business & Technology
The intelligent use and appreciation of modern technology have always been a top priority at Southfield School. All Middle School students participate in a nine-week MBA class that enables kids to show up and compete in fun, real-world business scenarios with a competence only usually seen after college. Students build on these foundational skills each year to develop crucial financial literacy, problem-solving abilities, and entrepreneurial mindset from an early age. Technology is integrated into all Middle School classes and our students utilize individual Chromebooks in and out of the classrooms.
Our social studies program encourages research and critical thinking skills in cultural, historical, and geographical contexts. Students learn not only the facts, vocabulary, and circumstances of these areas but are also expected to apply their knowledge to increasingly complex and interconnected local, national, and international events. Students apply their knowledge when participating in the bi-annual Social Studies Fair.
Beginning in 5th grade, students take Spanish. Students develop oral comprehension and written expression. By the end of 8th grade, reading and writing skills in Spanish are expanded to prepare students for high school Spanish. Students can earn high school credit in Spanish I and Spanish II through the Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) exam. The AAPPL exam assesses standards-based language learning across the three modes of communication (Interpersonal, Presentational, and Interpretive) as defined by the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning.
The Middle School science program aims to foster a well-rounded and scientifically literate student body. The program focuses on developing informational literacy, ensuring students can effectively access and evaluate scientific information. The curriculum aims to help students understand the characteristics and interrelationships of matter and energy in the physical world and comprehend the life cycles and interrelationships of organisms. The program emphasizes the importance of understanding the natural environment and environmental quality. To reinforce their learning, students actively engage in the scientific research method by undertaking bi-annual Science Fair projects, honing their research, analytical, and presentation skills.
In middle school physical education, students engage in activities that promote physical fitness, skill development, teamwork, and a positive attitude toward an active lifestyle. The curriculum is designed to provide students with a well-rounded experience in various sports and physical activities. They participate in team sports such as soccer, basketball, and volleyball, emphasizing cooperation, communication, and strategic thinking. Additionally, fitness exercises, including aerobic workouts, enhance cardiovascular health and overall physical well-being. Middle school physical education also emphasizes the importance of sportsmanship, fair play, and respect for others. Through these diverse activities, students develop their physical abilities and learn important life skills that contribute to their holistic growth and well-rounded development.
Nine-week courses in art, business, drama, and Spanish (5th and 6th grade), and writing craft (7th and 8th grade) taught by specialists in their field enrich the lives of this age group.
Beyond the Books
Southfield Middle School students enjoy many opportunities to lead. Student Council, cheerleading, organized team sports, student council, National Junior Honor Society, yearbook staff, and community service allow them to become well-rounded individuals. Our Middle School students support Lower and Preschool students through collaborative learning experiences. For example, Preschool hosts a lemonade and popcorn stand for our Middle School students which teaches social interaction, mathematics, and basic life skills.