The middle and high school program is a comprehensive curriculum that extends the core values and components of the academic program. Courses at this level are specially designed to lay the intellectual foundation for advanced coursework by cultivating the critical reasoning, analytical, and communication skills necessary for academic achievement. Students enrolled in the middle school, therefore, improve the skills and habits assumed at the high-school level in the context of challenging material in each subject, while also pursuing high-school courses in areas of special talent or acceleration.
Grammar classes help students learn structures that will help them communicate more accurately in English. Emphasis is not on learning rules of English grammar. Instead, they learn how to use English grammar structures accurately in meaningful communication in both speaking and writing.
In reading classes, students learn strategies and practice reading for detail, main idea, and inference. They also work on the skills of speed reading, skimming, and scanning, paraphrasing, and summarizing and synthesizing information. Students can practice new vocabulary and participate in discussions about class texts. Texts include short, simple newspaper articles to scholarly journal articles and literature.
In speaking/listening classes, students practice understanding spoken English in social, academic, and testing situations through guided exercises, listening exercises, note-taking practice, and vocabulary building. Listening material includes short controlled passages at the beginning levels to authentic lectures and video segments at the more advanced levels.
In speaking, students receive instruction and feedback on pronunciation issues including sound production, intonation, thought groups, and word and sentence stress. Fluency is emphasized. Students learn to participate more confidently in conversations and group discussions and to give both formal and informal presentations.