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.
Intuitive & Reflective Art Practice
The focus of the seventh-grade art curriculum is learning how to develop a creative and reflective artistic practice. Building on foundational knowledge learned in sixth grade, students study perspective, proportion, and the human figure to develop technical skills; in addition to intuitive and collaborative art challenges to support creativity when envisioning new ideas. Working and choosing from a variety of media, students learn to apply previous knowledge in a new situation. Artists analyze how art history and contemporary art is influenced by understanding when it was created, in order to discover the media, techniques, and cultural uses, then interpret the message or mood that is being conveyed. Students reflect on their artistic practice to create artwork that conveys a mood or message.