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Middle School


Middle School (Grades 6 - 8)

We believe it is important for middle school students to learn skills in context. In particular, we teach critical thinking and study skills in each discipline rather than teaching them individually. At Sandia Prep, we want our students to discover the connections between subjects and to use these discoveries to explore and understand the world around them.

Our Middle School is a lively place where students develop meaningful relationships with teachers and with their fellow students. We believe this web of relationships makes it possible for our students to take risks in a variety of areas. They can learn where their talents lie and develop the skills they need to grow intellectually and academically.

6th Grade

Our 6th grade program focuses on fostering a joy in learning and teaches our students the academic skills necessary to succeed at Prep and beyond. We believe it is important for students to have a solid background in reading and writing; therefore, our students meet for an extended class session in language arts. With its focus on culture and geography, our social studies course allows students to explore the connections between their community and the larger world. In science, we provide hands-­on activities and stimulate students’ curiosity as they deepen their scientific literacy.

We hone students’ fundamental skills in our math program and introduce them to more sophisticated mathematical concepts. Our art and media rotation exposes students to a variety of experiences and skills in drama, visual arts, music, and computer skills, and explores the relationship between leadership and environmental sustainability. Our physical education program stresses the importance of lifelong fitness and team skills while developing overall fitness.

7th Grade

Our 7th grade program is designed to provide students with a multitude of opportunities to explore their relationship with the world around them while, at the same time, developing and refining the skills necessary to understand and negotiate the many worlds they encounter, including both school and community.

8th Grade

The focus of our 8th grade program is two-fold: to enhance and strengthen the skills students have already learned during middle school, and to prepare them for the rigor of high school.Core courses include: History, a study of the U.S. political system; Science, comprising physics, chemistry and fundamental lab skills; Math, which is primarily Algebra 1, the foundation of all high school math courses; English, a combination of classic and contemporary literature; and Modern Language, emphasizing communication and oral proficiency in French or Spanish. In keeping with Sandia Prep's Five-A philosophy, our Physical Education, Arts and Elective offerings allow students to explore the varied realms of athletics, music and art.

Curriculum Guide

Engineering & Coding

Sandia Prep's Engineering & Coding classes begin in the 8th grade and continue through senior year. Students build on a foundation of engineering concepts and basic coding taught in 8th grade and progress to Mechatronics and longer, more complex strings of code. Read more about Sandia Prep's engineering and coding classes here.

Exciting News! Sandia Prep was recently awarded a $25,000 grant for our Engineering & Coding Program. The grant will be used to cover equipment for our engineering and manufacturing lab, including a laser cutter, a 3D printer, robotics kits, and various tools. Thank you to The Slomo and Cindy Silvian Foundation, Inc. for believing and supporting Sandia Prep's vision.

Suggested Reading List

Saunders Library

Sandia Prep's Saunders Library gives students access to all the resources they need for classes, research, and exploration. More than just books.

Susi Hochrein
Middle School Head