Middle School


7th & 8th Grades

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The Middle School years are a time of transition.  Anchor provides engaging Middle School courses, which continue our interactive approach to education, but challenge students to begin thinking at a deeper level and owning their learning.  These 7th & 8th-grade years will prepare our students for the rigors and responsibilities that await them in the High School years and beyond.

Registration for the 2024-25 school year will start the week of April 15th for current families and May 15th for new families.

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Middle School Core Classes- Click on the course names below to go directly to a course description.
2024/2025 ClassesClasses on Rotation
American LiteratureWorld Geography
IEW 7th-9th
Grammar & CompostitionCreative Writing 8th+
Maryland HistoryLife Science
General SciencePhysical Science
Anatomy & Physiology
Foundations of Math
PreAlgebra

                                            

Middle School Electives: Click on the course names below to go directly to a course description.


2024/2025 Elective Classes   
  Elective Courses on Rotation
Drama
Studio Art
Art
Art History and Me! 
Fitness

American Sign Language 1
American Sign Language 2


Spanish 1


2024/2025 Middle School Courses


TUTOR: Becky Van Rees

CLASS LENGTH: 90 mins. / 30 weeks

GRADE LEVEL: 7th - 9th Grades

COURSE FEE: $280 MATERIALS FEE: $35

HOMEWORK LEVEL: Moderate to Heavy

REQUIRED TEXTS: [TBD]

COURSE DESCRIPTION: American Literature Part 2: In his seminal work, How to Read a Book, Mortimer Adler stated that “a good book can teach you about the world and about yourself. You learn more than how to read better; you also learn more about life. You become wiser. Not just more knowledgeable - books that provide nothing but information can produce that result. But wiser, in the sense that you are more deeply aware of the great and enduring truths of human life.”

Adler’s ideas ground this course. Our class provides opportunities for students to examine the literary devices and techniques employed by masters of writing while developing their understanding of America's evolution. Students will explore the literature surrounding critical eras and events in America from 1850 - 1930, engaging in close text analyses, student-led discussions, and writings.  Readings will include short stories, poetry, memoirs, and longer works of historical fiction.  Novels include both whole-class and self-selected books. This class is paired with Middle School United States History but may also be a stand-alone literature course.

TUTOR: Becky Van Rees

CLASS LENGTH: 90 mins. / 30 weeks

GRADE LEVEL: 7th - 8th Grades

COURSE FEE: $260 MATERIALS FEE: $35

HOMEWORK LEVEL: Moderate to Heavy

REQUIRED TEXTS:

1.) A History of US: Liberty for All 1820 – 1860 by Joy Hakim 
2.) A History of US: War, Terrible War 1855 – 1865 by Joy Hakim 
3.) A History of US: Reconstructing America 1865 – 1890 by Hakim 
4.) A History of US: An Age of Extremes 1880 – 1917 by Joy Hakim 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: American History Part 2: Students in this course will investigate the political and cultural forces that made America…America. Using the Socratic approach we will explore U.S. history from the antebellum period to World War I. Students will learn to look deeper into text and examine history for themselves through close reading, contextualizing, and collaboration. Students will demonstrate their understanding through rich oral discussions, writing, independent research, historical simulations, blog posts, and digital projects. Expectations include daily readings of historical texts and class participation, as well as being prepared weekly to engage in all class discussions and activities. 
To deepen their understanding of this time in our great nation, students will explore many questions, including the following:  
•    Did Manifest Destiny bring greater progress and freedoms to the prairies? 
•    How might the United States have been affected if transportation and communication systems had not followed closely on the heels of the pioneers? 
•    Would war have resulted even if the North stopped advocating for abolition? 
•    Do individuals shape history or are individuals shaped by the times in which they live? 
•    What advantages and disadvantages did the Union and the Confederacy each possess at the start of the Civil War? 
•    What factors helped push immigrants out of Europe and Asia and pulled them toward the United States? 
•    How did the muckrakers prove the saying "The pen is mightier than the sword."? 
•    Did the progressive movement die with the opening shots of World War 1? 


TUTOR:  Brenda Gibbs

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./30 weeks

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate

REQUIRED TEXTS: will be provided

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course will review grammar and punctuation rules needed throughout writing processes.  Sudents will learn and practice foundational communication skills through essays, using the four traditional forms of writing: informative, explanatory, argumentative, and narrative. Students will learn to create an outline or graphic organizer to organize their ideas, compose a rough draft,  revise and edit their draft, and finally format and polish their paper before submission.  This course will include both interactive lessons and collaborative activities.

TUTOR:  Brenda Gibbs

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./30 weeks

GRADE LEVEL: 7th & 8th Grades

COURSE FEE:  $260   MATERIALS FEE:  $40

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate

REQUIRED TEXTS: will be provided

COURSE DESCRIPTIONIn this class, we will explore Maryland's rich history as we journey back in time to discover our state's diverse and fascinating history.  We will have a variety of interactive activities, discussions, and projects designed to explore historical events, figures, and themes which examine how our unique geographical, cultural, and economic factors have influenced key events. 

TUTOR:  Jen Orie

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./30 weeks

GRADE LEVEL: 7th & 8th Grades

COURSE FEE:  $260   MATERIALS FEE:  $75, includes lab supplies

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate

TEXT: TBD

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is a true general science course covering a wide range of branches of science. We will cover the history of science, scientific analysis, astronomy, geology, paleontology, meteorology, oceanography, chemistry, physics, life science (molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, botany, zoology, genetics), marine science, and environmental science. Classes will consist of short lectures and lots of hands-on activities. Students will learn how to design and conduct experiments and write lab reports correctly. Homework will consist of textbook reading, comprehension questions, completing lab reports, and take-home quizzes.

TUTOR:  Brenda Gibbs

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./30 weeks

GRADE LEVEL: 7th - 9th Grades

COURSE FEE:  $280   MATERIALS FEE:  $75, includes lab supplies

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate

REQUIRED TEXTS

COURSE DESCRIPTIONThis class will explore the human body following systems in depth. First, the function of the skeletal system and the basics of the muscular system make up the musculoskeletal system.  We then move to the cardiovascular and respiratory systems to study the body's circulation and breathing.  Finally, we look at the Nervous system to include the central and peripheral systems, which encompass the brain and spinal cord.  

TUTOR:  Jennie Carr

GRADE LEVEL: 6th+

CLASS LENGTH:  90 minutes twice a week

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Assignments on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

TUITION: $560; SUPPLIES: $50

PREREQUISITE: Students should be working on at least 6th grade math.

CLASS DESCRIPTION: This class will focus on the skills your students need to prepare for Pre-Algebra. The tutor introduces two to three new skills each week and works closely with students to ensure comprehension of further information.   Students must complete assignments outside of class to keep up with the pace of the course. Students will work independently and in groups during class, and we are instructed to maximize involvement and understanding. Topics reviewed and reinforced will include Whole numbers, rational numbers, integers, positive & negative numbers, combining terms, inequalities, ratios, area, and volume. You can find outlines here: 6th Grade Outline,


TUTOR:  Jessica Knott 

CLASS LENGTH:  90 minutes twice a week

COURSE FEE:  $560 MATERIAL FEE: $50

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Assignments on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

PREREQUISITE:  Students should be working at a 7th-grade math.  The placement test can be found here: [add link] 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: You can access an outline here: Curriculum OutlineThis class will focus on your students' skills to prepare for Pre-Algebra. Two to three new skills will be taught each week, and the tutor will work closely with students to ensure comprehension of further information. In addition, students must complete assignments outside of class to keep up with the pace of the course. Students will work independently and in groups during class and be instructed to maximize involvement and understanding. Topics reviewed and reinforced will include positive & negative numbers, combining terms, equation & inequality solving, graphing, linear equations, and beginning geometry. If you are unsure if your student is ready, click here: Pre-algebra Placement Test.  

TUTOR: Angela Somers

GRADE LEVEL: 7th–12th Grades

COURSE FEE:  $370     MATERIALS FEE:  $25

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate

REQUIRED TEXT:  Provided by the tutor

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students are required to attend both in-person classes each week! 

Students will learn signs and become proficient in using American Sign Language to communicate with others. The course's primary focus is to introduce students to American Sign Language. In addition to learning ASL, students will be exposed to the fundamental aspects of the Deaf community.  

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TUTOR: Sandra Steedle

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./ 15 weeks

COURSE FEE:  $ 280  MATERIALS FEE:  $75

GRADE LEVEL: 7th-12th Grades

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Light

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students will learn art techniques to create original artwork in this class. This class will take exemplary art learning to the next level and lead the students to create artwork that reflects themselves or conveys a message. Sketchbooks will log artists and techniques, ultimately creating an excellent reference book. Using the styles of drawing, watercolor, painting, mixed media, and printmaking, the class will connect to the past and create pieces of art that express what resonates with the students today.

TUTOR: Liesl Schiavone

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins. / 15 weeks

COURSE FEE:   MATERIALS FEE:

GRADE LEVEL: 7th-12th

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Light

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will teach beginning and intermediate acting skills and improvisation. The class will culminate in a lunchtime production.

TUTOR:  Robin Shultz

CLASS LENGTH:  45 mins

COURSE FEE:  $170 year     MATERIALS FEE: $10

GRADE LEVEL: 7th-12th Grades

REQUIRED MATERIALS:  Comfortable clothing and sneakers

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This class will be 45 minutes of high-energy and fun-filled activity, starting with a dynamic warm-up, a series of exercises, and ending with games. By making exercise fun, students get excited to move around. As a result, they were moving around, becoming physically stronger and more energetic. It's a significant first step to cultivating a lifetime of health and fitness!


Classes on Rotation


TUTOR:  Lauren Steakley

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./30 weeks

GRADE LEVEL: 7th-8th Grades

COURSE FEE:  $260   MATERIALS FEE:  $35

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate

TEXT: Geomatters: a Trail Guide to World Geography

COURSE DESCRIPTION: In this course, students will explore World Geography by learning the features and traits of all seven continents and identifying important geographical terms. In addition, they will learn how to read and create maps through mapping activities and atlas usage, with reinforcement through drills, assignments, and projects. Independent research will be required weekly.

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./30 weeks

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Approximately 30-45 minutes daily; varies from student to student.

GRADE LEVEL: 7th-9th Grades

PREREQUISITE: Because this level of IEW moves at a more rapid pace, it is recommended that a student new to IEW be able to write an organized paragraph with a clear topic sentence and complete body sentences before enrolling in this course.  

REQUIRED TEXT & MATERIALS: 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This class will develop composition, grammar, and vocabulary skills while students write. Incrementally, instruction will cover all the IEW models of structure and elements of style, including grammar rules, vocabulary, and stylistic techniques. We will write narrative stories, poetry, research papers, critiques, formal five-paragraph essays with proper formatting, and summarizing references.

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./15 weeks

COURSE FEE:  $140     MATERIALS FEE:  $35

GRADE LEVEL: 8th+

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate 

PREREQUISITE: Students should be proficient writers and have experience in structured essay writing.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  In this one-semester course, students can unleash their imaginations and spark their creativity through their writing. Completing writing assignments such as short stories, blog posts, and poetry will allow students to fully develop their creativity and give them different outlets to express themselves. Students will not just be writing; they will expand their vocabulary, learn pre-writing strategies, and use story elements such as plot, character development, and conflict to create unique, creative writing pieces. Students must come to class fully prepared, complete all assigned work, and be ready to participate fully.

TUTOR:  Jen Orie

TEXT: Purposeful Design Life Science textbook and student lab manual

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./30 weeks

GRADE LEVEL: 7th-8th Grades

COURSE FEE:  $260   MATERIALS FEE:  $75

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate

COURSE DESCRIPTION: In this introductory Life Science class, students will learn about the wide variety of life on Earth. They will study God's creation through observation, experimentation, readings, lectures, discussions, and projects. Six units cover the basics of life science, including cells and taxonomy, viruses and bacteria, plants, animals, genetics and heredity, and ecology. Homework will consist of readings, short answer questions, and worksheets. Grades will be based on homework completion, class participation, and performance on tests, quizzes, and projects.

TUTOR:  Melissa Hardesty

TEXT: Purposeful Design for Physical Science

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./30 weeks

GRADE LEVEL: 7th-8th Grades

COURSE FEE:  $260   MATERIALS FEE:  $75

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Physical Science studies nonliving things that make up the world. From a biblical worldview, students will receive an overview of the two major branches, Chemistry and Physics. Class time will combine lectures, discussions, and labs to reinforce textbook reading. Reading, review questions, and worksheets will be assigned weekly for homework. 30-45 minutes of homework per day, three days a week, should be expected. Grading will be based on class participation, homework completion, and test scores. 

CLASS LENGTH:  90 mins./15 weeks 

COURSE FEE:  $140    MATERIALS FEE:  $40 

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Light

GRADE LEVEL: 7th-12th Grades

REQUIRED MATERIALS: The tutor will send a supply list via email

COURSE DESCRIPTION: From Ancient Art to Van Gough and Frida Kahlo, we will learn inspirational stories about past artists and use their art techniques to create original artwork in this class. This class will take exemplary art learning to the next level and lead the students to create artwork that reflects themselves or conveys a message. Sketchbooks will log artists and techniques, ultimately creating an excellent reference book. Using the styles of drawing, watercolor, painting, mixed media, and printmaking, the class will connect to the past and create pieces of art that express what resonates with the students today. 

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TUTOR: Angela Somers

GRADE LEVEL: 7th–12th Grades

PREREQUISITE: ASL 1

COURSE FEE:  $370     MATERIALS FEE:  $25

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate

COURSE DESCRIPTION: THIS CLASS MEETS TWICE A WEEK! Part 2 of our ASL Class offered, students will continue to become proficient in using American Sign Language. 

TUTOR: Marne Miller

COURSE FEE:  $370   MATERIALS FEE:  $25

GRADE LEVEL: 7th-12th

HOMEWORK LEVEL:  Moderate

TEXT: Duolingo for Classrooms

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students are required to attend an additional online class each week!

Spanish 1 is the introductory course in the Spanish language and culture. During this course, students will develop speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills in Spanish around topics related to a student's everyday life. The class will use a combination of Duolingo's free classroom curriculum and supplemental activities to reinforce the skills. 


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