Our challenging standards-based curriculum emphasizes the development of essential skills, the understanding of important concepts, and the ability to apply learning to real-world problems.
Our curriculum includes courses of study for all students in English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, world languages, music, visual arts, physical education, and health. In addition, students take grade-specific trimester courses in technology, research, and study skills which are designed to support their integrated learning experience.
The Arts are a valued and integral part of the ASMS experience. Throughout the three years of middle school, all students are exposed to a variety of approaches to making art, including singing in chorus, playing an instrument in the concert band and participating in visual arts classes. The ASMS art curriculum is aligned to the national visual arts standards and our music program is aligned to national music standards.
Principles of Design
The focus of the sixth grade art curriculum is the elements and principles of drawing and design. Students learn basic drawing and painting skills (form, value, color theory) and are exposed to movements in art history. Students are given drawing and painting projects that develop these skills. Sixth grade students spend a section on drawing from nature, furthering their skills in observation and rendering.