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 ASMS sixth through eighth grade French curriculum engages students by means of interactive, student-driven activities such as impromptu role play and skit creation and by means of maintaining high motivation using varied student groupings to create an authentic need for communication. Students’ listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills are further supported by the frequent use of engaging multimedia tools. In 6th grade, in addition to student assimilation of the basics necessary for simple communication, instruction aims at the development of study methods and techniques that allow students to become increasingly independent in efficiently learning vocabulary and conjugations. Later grades focus on students’ capability to initiate and sustain conversation using a broad variety of idiomatic expressions and more sophisticated syntactic constructions. Cultural study is interwoven throughout the curriculum. At the conclusion of their French middle school experience, students take an in-house foreign language proficiency exam in order to help determine optimal placement in either regular or advanced language courses available to them in high school.
In eighth-grade French, students will build on material learned in 6th and 7th grade French. The material covered includes the use of present tense, past tense, and future tense. The students learn to read, speak, and write in all three of these tenses in order to express unique ideas. Units taught include All About Me review, House and Home, Past Tense, Travel, and Health. Students study a variety of sources to increase their knowledge of the Francophone world. At the end of the year, students will take a French proficiency exam. Successful completion of this course and the in-house proficiency exam qualifies students to begin the next level of French in 9th grade.