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School of the Future CurriculumCurriculum Overview

While School of the Future comprises a middle school and a high school, our curriculum intentionally builds from sixth grade through tenth grade to prepare students for Senior Institute (eleventh and twelfth grade), which is designed to prepare students for the demands of college.

Our approach to students’ coursework reflects our educational philosophy. School is where students are “apprentices” in how to read critically, solve problems, research, communicate, apply content, approach their work smartly, and persevere. Because of our thoughtful school-wide curriculum design, from year to year and from class to class, students become more independent, worldly, and self-aware.

Beyond Core Classes in Middle School
In addition to their Core Academic classes, middle school students also have STEP (Students Training for Excellent Performance) every morning for thirty minutes. Here, they meet in small, mixed grade groups to read, get ready for the day, and discuss issues. They also meet monthly with their STEP advisor to reflect on their academic progress and set goals. This meeting helps students see their classes as opportunities to practice better habits and learn more about themselves.

Two to three times a week for at least one semester, students have physical education (all year), drama, art, and computer science. The sixth graders also have Theater Movement once a week. Students also start taking Spanish in seventh grade. Finally, once a week, students choose an elective. Choices include martial arts, glee club, creative writing, and board games, among others.

Beyond Core Classes in High School
From the moment students enter ninth grade, the daily life at SOF revolves around educating the whole student for college and career readiness. Much like a stream to a river to the ocean, the goal at SOF High School is to support students as they gradually become independent learners. In ninth and tenth grade, students take a class once a week called Overcoming Obstacles. This class is designed to teach what is important in becoming successful eleventh and twelfth graders who are preparing themselves for college and careers. Some of the topics taught are confidence building, communication and decision-making skills, and setting and achieving goals—just to name a few. By the time SOF high school students have reached eleventh grade, they have already had discussions about college and the application process. In eleventh and twelfth grade, which is called Senior Institute, students are given a pre-college experience where they receive more choices in their daily schedules and take classes that further support their goal of preparing themselves for college and beyond. Classes such as Internship class and College class are built into student daily schedules. Juniors and seniors can also take honors and AP classes in English, science, math, and Spanish III.

SOF high school students are exempt from most Regents Exams as the school is a member of the Consortium and has a waiver from the state that allows SOF students to show mastery in a core subject by completing an exhibition. Exhibitions are thesis papers that are roughly ten to twenty pages in length in English, science, math, and history. Students choose the subject they will complete and finish it by the end of a semester in eleventh and twelfth grade. The final paper and an oral defense presentation are graded by a committee of student peers and teachers and the combined score is the student’s state test score in that subject area. Students also must take the ELA Regents exam.

Students with Individualized Education Plans
We have a full inclusion model at School of the Future where students with IEPs take all General Education classes. There is a Special Education teacher for each grade who knows the IEPs of the students and works with the teachers to ensure that the classes both accommodate the needs of each student and are designed so that each student has opportunities for continued growth and success. Special Education teachers work with students both in and out of the classroom depending on the changing demands of the course and the needs of the students. We also offer Reading Support classes to students with and without IEPs in grades six through nine to help all of our students read on grade level by Senior Institute.

» Examples of Common Middle School Assignments

 

Here is an overview of student courses.

Sixth Grade
Daily: Two periods of Humanities (Reading, Writing, & Ancient Civilizations); Math; Science (Life Science)

During the week: Physical Education; Computer Science; Art (1st semester); Drama (2nd semester) Health (all year); Elective (all year).

Sample Curriculum Map:
Sixth Grade Humanities

 

Seventh Grade
Daily: Two periods of Humanities (Reading, Writing, & Early American History); Math; Science (Physical Science)

During the week: Spanish (all year); Physical Education (all year); Computer Science (1st semester); Drama (1st semester); Art (2nd semester); Elective (all year).

Sample Curriculum Map:
Seventh Grade Mathematics


Dear 7th Grade Students and Families,

We are launching a new website called 7th Grade Resources. The site has been designed to help you and your families to complete homework or other assignments by giving you access to materials seen or received in class. For example, did you forget your neat notebook? Not to worry! The website has a digital copy of every note sheet from Chris’ class. Did you lose your article from Rick’s class? Find it on the website. Question about Humanities? Check out the site to find links to other resources that could explain the content or help you to write about it.

The site link is below. Feel free to click around and use the site to supplement PupilPath. There’s also a contact page if you have any questions or comments.

http://sof7thgrade.weebly.com/

 

Eighth Grade
Daily: Two periods of Humanities (Reading, Writing, & Post-Civil War American History); Math; Science (Earth Science)

During the week: Spanish (all year); Physical Education (all year); Drama (1st semester); Art (2nd semester); Computer Science (2nd semester); Elective (all year).

Sample Curriculum Map:
Eighth Grade Humanities

 

Ninth Grade
Daily: English; Global History I; Algebra I^; Biology; Spanish^^ (four days a week).

During the week: Ninth grade students have Physical Education twice a week and Art class twice a week.
^Students who score above an 85 on their eighth grade Algebra I Regents, may take Algebra II in ninth grade. We offer the Algebra Regents for high performing 8th graders.
^^Students take a placement test to determine eligibility for Advanced Spanish.

Sample Curriculum Map:
Ninth Grade English

 


Tenth Grade
Daily: English; Global History II; Algebra II; Chemistry; Spanish (four days a week).

During the week: Students have Physical Education twice a week one semester and once a week the other semester. When the students have Physical Education once a week, the other class is Health class.
Students take an Overcoming Obstacles class once a week until March. After March, students substitute the Overcoming Obstacles class with a SAT Prep class.
Students take Drama class twice a week.

Sample Curriculum Map:
Tenth Grade Math

Eleventh and Twelfth Grades
Daily: English, US History/Economics/Government, Science, Math.
Eleventh Graders can choose between Physics or Environmental Science and US History or Economics/Government.
Twelfth Graders can choose among Physics, Computer Science, or Environmental Science, US History or Economics/Government and Statistics or Calculus.

During the week: College class once a week (all year). Internship once a week (one semester a year). Electives three times a week (one semester a year). Juniors have a SAT Prep class twice a week.

Sample Curriculum Maps:
Calculus
Physics I
12th Grade English
Democratizing Social Studies
AP Literature & Composition

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