Middle School

Middle school math students writing at board
Our middle school is a lively place where students develop close 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.
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. Electives include performing arts and DareDevil Design, where students engage in creative, critical, and constructive processes to develop products, ideas, and projects to help the community. Our physical education program stresses the importance of lifelong fitness and team skills while developing overall fitness.


Learn more about the 6th-grade experience.

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.

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, art, and engineering.

Susi Hochrein

Assistant Head of School for Middle School
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