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 physical education curriculum focuses on the acquisition of knowledge and skills necessary for safe, competent, and satisfying participation in physical activity throughout life. The importance of health-related fitness is emphasized and integrated into the many course units each child experiences throughout the year. Students at ASMS learn that the development of physical fitness is an ongoing process, not a product. By the end of eighth-grade students should have the knowledge necessary to make positive, health-enhancing choices for themselves throughout their high school years.
Healthy Life 8
Students in eighth grade will discover the factors that influence health and develop the skills and knowledge necessary to make healthy choices. They will learn how to balance the health triangle (physical, mental/emotional, and social well-being) and achieve wellness in the three areas of health. The eighth-grade program focuses on decisions students will be faced with in high school, including topics on relationships, peer pressure, drug and alcohol use, and mental health. They will also learn to recognize and avoid unnecessary health risks.