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Middle school builds upon the students’ solid foundation of knowledge of the fundamentals as the balanced and sequential curriculum in the academics, arts, and athletics gives them higher levels of comprehension and achievement. Middle school students add U.S. History as well as Greek and Latin etymologies to their continuing studies of English, mathematics, science, history and geography, Spanish, music, art, and physical education.

While the middle school English curriculum is primarily devoted to literature and writing, it also emphasizes grammar and public speaking. The rigorous Singapore Math curriculum builds on both computation and problem-solving skills. Teachers continue teaching history and geography using the Core Knowledge History and Geography curriculum, and students study geography in relation to the historical events covered. The science curriculum is a hands-on, experience-based curriculum that uses experiments and inquiry-based investigations as a basis for exploring concepts.

Studies in music combine music theory and history with choices of jazz ensemble, orchestra ensemble, choir, and semi-private lessons. Theoretical and instrumental studies focus on preparation for recitals, concerts and musicals, as well as the graded examinations of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London. As in the lower grades, art history supplements instruction in drawing, painting and sculpture.

All middle school students study Spanish. Throughout the year, students are introduced to the various cultures and regions of the Spanish-speaking world. The study of Japanese is added as an elective in fifth grade.

In addition to field trips to the theaters and museums in Madison and Milwaukee, middle school students attend a variety of excursions to further develop their leadership skills. A vibrant advisory system supports students in developing their own leadership abilities and character while adapting to the exciting challenges of middle school.

The athletics and physical education programs utilize our beautiful 45-acre campus and include competitive school-sponsored sports for both girls and boys. Regular offerings include cross-country, soccer, track and field, tennis, kayaking, canoeing, and volleyball. Our “no cut” sports team policy along with practicing leadership, teamwork, and good sportsmanship emphasize lifelong fitness.

“There is a wonderfully positive atmosphere at MCDS Middle School which stems from the daily interactions of students with their teachers. MCDS has not only met our son’s needs, but showed us what an amazing difference a school can make in the life of a child.
—MCDS fifth grade parent