Ren Middle School

Renaissance Middle School has a self-contained approach. Students have a Renaissance teacher as an advisor and the majority of the student’s classes are taken with their Renaissance peers. In addition, Renaissance middle school teachers facilitate as academic coaches in classes where RHP faculty are teaching Renaissance students.
 

English Courses

English 5/6

In English 5/6 students learn the processes of reading, writing, and comprehension improve, met through visualizing and imaging. English 5/6 is divided into two blocks of instructional literature and language labs. The language lab portion of the course focuses on skill strengthening and remediation in the areas of decoding, vocabulary, and comprehension through small group and individualized instruction. The literature portion of the class uses literature selections which rotate each year: The Single Shard, the Color of My Words, I Am David, and Music of Dolphins. As subject matter for teaching writing through a structured step by step approach. Graphic organizers, colored notecards, word processing and online editing are some of the strategies employed by the teachers to develop student mastery in writing.
 

English 7

English 7 is divided into the language lab and the literature components. In the language lab, the students receive small group or individualized instruction in phonemic awareness, vocabulary development, and comprehension. The literature co one to fate course uses short stories, fairy tales, and novels such as Freak the Mighty to develop research skills, narrative and expository wiring, and to engage the students in perspective-taking and others social cognition exercises.

 

English 8

English 8 is literature based and also contains a language lab component. students read A Midsummer Nights Dream, To Kill A Mockingbird, and The Hound of the Baskervilles and the teacher uses these selections as a basis for improving all forms of written expression, with emphasis on the basic essay,  the acquisition of research skill, an increased vocabulary and a proficiency in English usage.  The language lab portion of the course is at first a time to practice the writing skills taught in literature however,  in second trimester this block is used for the signature 8th Grade internship project where students are instructed to "Create Something"and catalog and record their progress step by step until the culmination presentation complete with power point, poster and speech. 
 

Math Courses

Math 5/6

Math 5/6 is an algebra readiness course differentiated by ability group utilizing a unique math education process which engages the learner's spatial-temporal reasoning abilities to explain, understand and solve multi-step mathematical problems. Students begin the year completing exercises in number line imaging and progress through basic operations to more complex operations involving decimals and fractions. Students in grades 5 and 6 who have mastered these concepts are placed in a differentiated math group which covers more complex mathematical problems. 
 

Math 7/Algebra

Math 7/ Algebra Readiness is an algebra readiness course differentiated by ability group utilizing a unique math education process which engages the learner's spatial-temporal reasoning abilities to explain, understand and solve multi-step mathematical problems. students in this course review the basic number line and then move on to multi-step problems involving complex fractions, decimals, and percentages as well as an introduction to integers. Seventh-grade students who demonstrate mastery of these concepts are placed in a differentiated pre-algebra course. 
 

Math 8/Pre-Algebra

Math 8 / Pre-Algebra is a course designed to introduce the students to algebraic concepts such as working with integers, solving two- step equations involving all operations, and basic graphing. Teacher made materials, online instructions and an individualized pace are hallmarks of this course, Students who demonstrate mastery of the skills taught in pre-algebra are placed in a differentiated algebra 1 course. 
 

Algebra 1A

Algebra 1A is an individualized algebra course designed to cover all algebra concepts over a two year period. Once students have covered the course content of Algebra 1A they move to Algebra 1B. 
 

Algebra 1B

Algebra 1B covers the second half to the standard algebra 1 course content. 
 

Algebra 1

Algebra 1 covers all of the concepts of an algebra 1 course in one year and is generally offered to students in both Renaissance School and Rolling Hills Prep School as a combined course.
 

Science Courses

Science 5/6

Science 5/6 is hands-on and experiment based. Activities utilize the 5/6th-grade level content areas of life, chemical, and physical sciences and are designed to teach the scientific method, group cooperation, and collaboration skills, as well as textbook reading strategies. The students alternate weeks of study where they are actively engaged in a science lab setting, with a week of study of the content through active reading and study skill strategies. Field trips into the community to experience science concepts first hand is an integral part of the science curriculum. The year ends with a science expo presentation of a student-created science experiment. 
 

Science 7

Science 7 is a graduated step up from science 5/6 curriculum but utilizing the same hands-on and experiential based approach. In the seventh-grade science course, students delve more deeply into the content of biology, chemistry, and physics. Lab activities are designed to teach the scientific method, group cooperation, and collaboration skills, while the classroom sessions focus on the content through, active reading and study skill strategies instruction. Field trips into the community to experiment with science concepts first hand are an integral part of the science curriculum. The year culminates with a student-generated science expo project and presentation. 
 

Science 8

Science 8 is designed to open the door to the upper school courses of physics, chemistry, and biology while simultaneously grounding the students in the scientific process. Hands-on experiments, content-driven textbook readings, and field trips are hallmarks of the eighth-grade science program.  The year culminates with a student-generated science expo project and presentation. 
 

History

History 5/6

The content of the course covers the ancient civilizations of Greece, Rome, Asia, and the Americas. The primary goal of the course is to develop and increase proficiency in reading for understanding and writing, as well as, organizational, studying, and test-taking skills. 
 

History 7

The content of the course covers the area of global studies following the development of trade across Africa to the time of the Renaissance. This content is used to develop and increase proficiency in reading for understanding and writing, as well as, organizational, study, and test-taking skills. 
 

History 8

The content of the course covers the development of the United States from colonial times to the World War ll. This content is used to develop and increase proficiency in reading for understanding and writing, as well as, organizational, study, and test-taking skills. 
 

Art and Music

5/6th Grade Arts Rotation

The 6th-grade arts rotation includes offsite gallery visits as well as the introduction of the concepts of color, emotion, movement, rhythm, texture, and observation. The 6th-grade program develops breadth of learning and experiences in the arts through music, drama, fine art, and horticulture. 6th graders also participate in the popular local parent-docent led Art at Your Fingertips program, which brings the opportunity for students to study the works of a variety of master artists to the classroom.
 

7th Grade Arts Rotation

The 7th-grade course revisits and encourages the students to explore these ideas in more depth while also covering the concepts of line, value, and positive and negative space through music, drama, fine art, and horticulture. 7th graders also participate in the popular local parent-docent led Art at Your Fingertips program, which brings the opportunity for students to study the works of a variety of master artists to the classroom. 
 

8th Grade Art Studio

The 8th-grade arts curriculum is a studio-based program allowing the students to spend a full year of in-depth study in fine and horticulture arts. The 8th-grade arts curriculum also includes a trimester of performing arts culminating in a four day run of the 8th Grade Play.
 

Music Fundamentals

This class explores key concepts through a variety of methods including singing, drumming and tone chimes. Theory, harmony and note reading are introduced while more advanced students improve their sight-reading skills. Students experience performing with a group and develop a sense of ensemble and confidence.