Altamont's Middle School program prepares students to thrive in the academic challenge of our Upper School college-preparatory classes, and to be honorable global citizens who can easily and confidently adapt in a rapidly-changing world. Middle School students feel safe and encouraged, and have room to discover themselves.Key Features
- An advisory program that meets daily, creating a strong connection between faculty and students. Students know there are adults who care about them and encourage them to do their best.
- Challenging curriculum that encourages a growth mindset and critical thinking skills.
- Character Education that focuses on Altamont's core values of leadership, integrity, curiosity, balance and respect.
- 1-to-1 laptop program that incorporates digital citizenship.
- Full-time academic and mental health support
Director, Middle School
The study of literature is a study of the human condition. In English classes students explore a diversity of experiences as they practice empathy and shape their own voices. As writers, Altamont students focus on the power and potential of language, critical analysis, and creative expression to instill a distinct set of portable skills that go well beyond disciplinary boundaries. Students practice literary analysis, frequent and diverse writing, grammar review, vocabulary enrichment, independent reading, and intellectual integrity. The cornerstone of our program is cultivating students' abilities to think critically and to express these thoughts effectively.
The English Department at Altamont designs instruction, assessment, and reflection to focus on the following core competencies and beliefs.
The Fine Arts Department endeavors to instill in students a love for the Arts in all its many forms. This goal is achieved through developing our student's creativity and presenting challenges through a comprehensive performing and visual arts curriculum that provides a wide-range of learning experiences and performance opportunities. We encourage students to develop confidence, perseverance, self-identity, and healthy coping skills in a safe, inclusive, and open-minded environment.
All students in grades 5-9 participate in daily physical education classes, divided by gender. Class begins with a series of dynamic warmup exercises. These exercises focus on four specific areas to improve functional performance:
Students develop an excitement for history while gaining a global knowledge of historical events.
Students analyze a variety of perspectives and evaluate diverse interpretations of historical events.
Our science curriculum at The Altamont School focuses on the experimental and theoretical processes by which scientists explore the universe, the results of those investigations, and the application of these results to our current understanding. The science courses we offer encourage a passion for science by giving students the freedom to explore their interests. Our science department emphasizes connecting and relating knowledge, concepts, and representations in and across domains. By fostering an environment of learning and growth, our teachers develop confidence, curiosity, and independence in our students.