Middle School Program
International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme
Grades 5 through 8
International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP)
- The Red Oaks School implements the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme, which encourages students to become active, compassionate, lifelong learners.
- Students learn through inquiry, action, and reflection.
- The delve deeply into subject matter and investigate broad concepts.
- As students begin to grasp larger concepts, the IB curriculum encourages the pursuit of understanding across the boundaries that separate disciplines.
- Students learn to navigate the complexity of today's rapidly changing world.
How a Unit of Study encourages cross-disciplinary thinking
- How do positive and negative experiences shape character?
- How do characters' perspectives contribute to their identities?
- How can one's perspective be affected by one's environment?
- Are humans a product of nature or nurture?
- How do writers develop characters through the five methods of characterization?
Units of Study:
- Language and Literature
- Individuals and Societies (Social Studies)
- World Languages
- Physical Education
- Health and Wellness
In the fifth and sixth grades, students complete the Singapore Math program, a proven innovative approach that focuses on problem solving as well as traditional algorithms. Our seventh and eighth grade students typically study pre-algebra and Algebra I, with advanced students moving on to high school geometry.
Red Oaks students develop skills in various genres of writing including personal narrative, expository pieces, poetry, research papers, and persuasive essays. They practice the writing process based on Readers and Writers Workshop: planning, drafting, revising, and editing with their teachers and peers. Middle School students actively consider major concepts and fundamental questions while reading increasingly sophisticated works of fiction and non-fiction.
Having studied Spanish throughout their years at Red Oaks, students become proficient speakers and writers of Spanish, gaining an understanding and appreciation of the cultures where Spanish is spoken. In fifth and sixth grade, Latin is added, enabling students to see commonalities in vocabulary and grammar among many languages.
Red Oaks students investigate relevant topics and important concepts in life, earth, and physical science using research, observation, and hands-on experimentation. Working independently and collaboratively, they learn how scientists investigate the world and explore the connections between science and everyday life.
Students develop problem-solving skills and learn ways to understand and manage their feelings. Working in age-specific groups, they learn about the physical and emotional changes that occur during puberty and discuss reproduction and gender identity. Older students explore their own family values as they learn about topics such as sexual health, dating and relationships, and substance abuse.
At Red Oaks, we believe in understanding and educating the whole child. While our curriculum is rich, interesting and rigorous, we understand that the “preen” and “teen” years are times of intense physical and neural change. Advisories with 10 to 12 students allow close relationships with a trusted adult, who knows each child emotionally and academically, and communicates with each family frequently. Advisories also provide opportunities to grow and have fun in intimate groups through team-building activities, pot-luck lunches, etc.