Course Catalog – Middle Division

Notre Dame Marist Academy is an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) World School, proudly offering a challenging curriculum to students in grades 6-8.

The Middle Years Programme provides a curriculum framework that allows students to develop knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes they need to be effective in a world of increasing globalism. The fundamental concepts that organize and shape the MYP are:

  • holistic learning that connects subject knowledge and grade levels
  • effective communication skills, including second language acquisition
  • intercultural awareness

The MYP is a concept-driven curriculum, designed and implemented collaboratively by Notre Dame Marist Academy teachers. With the MYP we continue to maintain the high academic standards for which we are recognized.

The MYP curriculum includes:

  • Eight content areas:  Language and Literature, Mathematics, Individuals and Societies (including Religion), Science, Performing and Visual Arts, Language Acquisition (Spanish or Mandarin Chinese), Physical Education and Health, and Design.
  • Inquiry-based learning
  • Interdisciplinary connections
  • Service and action within the community (including the Community Project in 8th grade)
  • A program of internal and external review and reflection which allows the curriculum to evolve. In the MYP, teachers organize the curriculum through key and related concepts and a prescribed set of global contexts. Students explore ideas, ask questions, investigate, make connections across and between subject areas, and apply their knowledge and skills to real world issues, problems and concerns.

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Math

Pre-Algebra – 6th Grade (Middle Years Program – Year 1)
Honors Math – 6th Grade (Middle Years Program – Year 1)

Algebra 1 – 7th Grade  (Middle Years Program – Year 2)
Honors Algebra 1 – 7th Grade  (Middle Years Program – Year 2)

Algebra – 8th Grade (Middle Years Program – Year 3)
Honors Geometry – 8th Grade (Middle Years Program Year 3)

Science

Integrated Science – 6th Grade (Middle Years Program – Year 1)

Integrated Science – 7th Grade (Middle Years Program- Year 2)

Integrated Science – 8th Grade (Middle Years Program- Year 3)

Language and Literature (English)

Language and Literature – 6th Grade (Middle Years Program – Year 1)

Language and Literature – 7th Grade (Middle Years Program – Year 2)

Language and Literature – 8th Grade (Middle Years Program – Year 3)

Individuals and Society (History)

Individuals and Societies- Western World – 6th Grade (Middle Years Program – Year 1)

Individuals and Societies- Eastern World – 7th Grade (Middle Years Program – Year 2)

Individuals and Societies- U.S. History – 8th Grade ( Middle Years Program – Year 3)

Religion

The Old Testament – 6th Grade (Middle Years Program – Year 1)       

The New Testament – 7th Grade (Middle Years Program Year 2)

The History of the Catholic Church  – 8th Grade (Middle Years Program – Year 3)

Design

Design – 6th Grade (Middle Years Program – Year 1)

Intermediate Design – 7th Grade (Middle Years Program  – Year 2)

MYP Advanced Design – 8th Grade (Middle Years Program – Year 3)

Language Acquisition

Introduction to Mandarin Chinese – 6th Grade  (Middle Years Program – Year 1)
Living Spanish  – 6th Grade (Middle Years Program-Year 1)

Mandarin Chinese – 7th Grade (Middle Years Program – Year 2)
Continuing Living Spanish – 7th Grade (Middle Years Program – Year 2)

Mandarin Chinese – 8th Grade (Middle Years Program – Year 3)
Advanced Living Spanish – 8th Grade (Middle Years Program Year 3)

Arts (Visual and Performing)

Visual Arts – 6th Grade (Middle Years Program – Year 1)

Chorus – 6th Grade (Middle Years Program – Year 1)
Chorus – 7th & 8th Grades (Middle Years Program – Years 2- 3)

Theatre – 7th & 8th Grades (Middle Years Program – Years 2- 3)

Physical and Health Education

Physical and Health Education – 6th Grade (Middle Years Program – Year 1)

Physical and Health Education – 7th Grade (Middle Years Program – Year 2)

Physical and Health Education – 8th Grade (Middle Years Program – Year 3)

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