The middle school curriculum builds on the elementary curriculum and aims to offer additional course options. The middle school curriculum and materials are based on the California content standards. SCALE uses the same instructional approach as explained on pages 25 through 31. This includes online courses, paper based materials, discussion boards, and hands on projects, and opportunities for physical education, enrichment, and extracurricular activities. Please refer to the correct page for more information on SCALE’s instructional design.
The Charter school will select resources from state adopted materials database for English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and English to ensure alignment between curriculum, standards, courses, and materials. What distinguishes the elementary level and middle school requirements is that students in grades 6 to 8 are required to take one elective each year. A range of electives can be found in the appendices. Students are offered several online electives so they can explore their interests to embark on a personal journey of self-discovery before entering high school. The following is a sequence of courses that are required of students in the middle grades.