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.
Sculpture and Printmaking
In eighth grade, students focus on sculpture and printmaking. Working with a variety of media, including paper, wire, clay, and found objects, students learn to apply previous knowledge in a new situation. They explore materials, look at objects from all viewpoints, and build things; the focus is on problem-solving and self-expression. Students also learn to cut soft blocks, creating multiple images in print as well as several monoprinting techniques.