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.
Expressive & Meaningful Art Practice
In eighth-grade, the focus is on engaging, persisting, and self-expression through creating meaningful artwork. Students study various messages conveyed in artworks and distinguish different ways art is used to represent, establish, reinforce, and reflect group identity. Students choose an art medium to further develop their skills, document their exploration of topics that they are passionate about, and research and explore methods to create a work of art that expresses their personal passions. Eighth-grade artists present their artwork along with a convincing and logical statement to support their evaluation of their artwork to a community of people.