English Language Arts

The English Language Arts Common Core asks students to read stories and literature, as well as more complex texts that provide facts and background knowledge in various content areas. Students will be challenged and asked questions that push them to refer back to what they’ve read. This stresses critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills that are required for success in college, career, and life. Because students must learn to read, write, speak, listen, and use language effectively in a variety of content areas, the standards promote the literacy skills and concepts required for college and career readiness in multiple disciplines.

Key Skills Include:

  • Close Reading and Writing to Learn

  • Working with Evidence

  • Understanding Perspectives

  • Research, Decision Making, and Forming Positions


Sixth and seventh grade mathematics is an advanced, fast-paced, rigorous course of study that incorporates three years of middle school math into a two year program in order to prepare students to take Regents Algebra I in 8th grade (normally a 9th grade course).

Instruction engages students in critical thinking and logical strategies needed for successfully solving various mathematical problems. Students are encouraged to think as Engineers, Scientists, Logicians, Architects, Doctors, Nurses, Designers, Topologists and other professions where mathematicians are in great demand.

Key Ideas Include:

  • Ratios and Proportional Relationships

  • Rational Numbers

  • Expressions and Equations

  • Percent and Proportional Relationships

  • Statistics and Probability

  • Geometry


Students will understand and apply scientific concepts, principles, and theories pertaining to the physical setting and recognize the historical development of ideas in science.

Key Ideas Include:

  • Matter is made up of particles whose properties determine the observable characteristics of matter and its reactivity.

  • Energy exists in many forms, and when these forms change energy is conserved.

  • Energy and matter interact through forces that result in changes in motion.


The U.S. History and Government Regents course is given over 7th and 8th grade and culminates in the NYS Regents exam in June of the students’ 8th grade year.

Key Ideas Include:

  • Constitutional Foundations

  • Industrialization

  • The Progressive Movement

  • Age of Global Crisis

  • The World in Uncertain Times (1950-present)