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.
The eighth-grade physical education curriculum focuses on team sports such as team handball, volleyball, and ultimate Frisbee. Working as a team to accomplish group goals is also emphasized. Use of the fitness center continues, and students are expected to become more independent in developing and increasing their knowledge of proper exercise techniques. By the time students complete the physical education program at ASMS, they should have a thorough knowledge of the proper usage of fitness equipment, and the ability to assess their own fitness needs.