Subjects and Curriculum

A syllabus of unlimited potential.


Analysis and experimentation with various topics in the traditional scientific method and beyond, including robotics, computer programming, genetics, and engineering design.

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Students take a deep dive into an integrated math program that emphasizes problem solving through number theory, algebra, geometry, and more, stressing real-world connections through math and promoting conceptual understanding.

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History & Social Sciences

Students discover their place and agency in the community around them through a study of the world and United States history, with an emphasis on the connection between past and present.

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Language Arts/English

Evidence-based creative writing, paired with explorations in literature, poetry, vocabulary, and grammar, are communicated through writing, oral presentations, and discussion groups.

World Languages

Fifth and sixth grade students continue or begin Spanish lessons, while seventh and eighth grade students expand their options with the addition of Mandarin Chinese, French, and Latin.


Instrumental music (band and orchestra), vocal music, drama, and visual arts take students to the next level of practice, performance, and expression.

Physical Education

In addition to traditional sports, units include athletic development, circuit training, nutrition, strength and energy systems training, swimming, yoga, and more.

Winter Term

Between the fall and spring semesters, all MICDS students embrace a unique experiential learning opportunity dubbed “Winter Term.” Launched in 2024, for two weeks, our Middle School Rams venture outside of the traditional school day in order to dive into immersive, specialized courses with hands-on experiences.

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“I've grown as a person [in Middle School], for one, academically. Fifth-grade me would be horrified if she knew how many times a week I was writing double-column notes and thesis paragraphs, but that comes naturally with educational growth. The most substantial way I've grown though is mentally. The MICDS community, while supporting you academically, also does a great job of supporting you mentally.”

George Murray ’26
Middle School Student

Curricular and Extracurricular Activities

After-School Activities

Once class is out for the day, a variety of clubs are available to grades 5-8, including Chess Club, Dance Club, Girls on the Run, Playback Theater, MakerClub, and Student Council. Students in grades 7 and 8 can participate in after-school athletics.

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Special Programs and Experiences

Middle School is filled with unique experiences that range from the 5th-Grade Mini-Camp, 6th-Grade Fun Day, 7th Grade's Camp Wyman Field Trip, 8th-Grade's Community Service Day, and much more.

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Accelerated Learning Opportunities

Students who desire a deeper challenge can take advantage of accelerated options in math, science, and world languages.

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One-to-One Tablet PC Program

Fifth through eighth grade students receive their own tablet laptop for school and home use.