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When a student enters the upper grades at the school, the academic experience of the child becomes increasingly rigorous as we prepare our students for high school and beyond. Yet important methods of working with the children from the lower grades remain evident here, too: there are still no textbooks, other than for some upper grades math classes, as even the more complex subjects are delivered orally with the support of printed resources and accompanying literature. Yet there are key differences, as curriculum begins to move farther, go deeper, becoming more specific and challenging as the older child is ready to meet ever more demanding work. The main lesson blocks reflect this advancing curriculum, too, as multilayered work with fables or early mathematics in the lower grades leads to the pointed study of science, history, and geography and algebra in the upper grades.

Language arts practice, too, is integrated into the daily curriculum, receiving both devoted time as its own subject class and woven into the class teacher’s Main Lesson in a myriad of ways. We place a high value on writing well, and offer our students increasingly challenging assignments that require them to translate class discussion and reading into a variety of written styles, including expository, narrative, creative, and persuasive pieces. These writings take many forms, including poetry, story, critical thinking journals, and five paragraph essays. In sum, the array of language arts lessons we offer give our students a deep immersion in the English language, and deepen each child’s experience of the written and spoken word as a means of understanding the world.

In the end, our students leave the school feeling overwhelmingly grateful for their days at this special place. As importantly, they graduate well-equipped to succeed in rigorous high school courses in both public and private settings, and Bay School alumni have become valued students in educational programs across the country.

Grades 5/6

Grades 6/7

Grades 7/8

Grade 8

SCIENCE AND MATH

Physics #1: Heat, Light,
Acoustics Botany #2
Astronomy
Geology and Mineralogy
Geometry

HISTORY AND LITERATURE

Ancient Greece
Ancient Roman
& Middle Eastern Cultures
North American Geography
European Geography
Drama

SCIENCE AND MATH

Physics #2: Thermodynamics, Optics, Acoustics
Physics #3: Magnetism & Electricity
Geometry in Nature
Economics
Climate Studies
 

HISTORY AND LITERATURE

Perspectives in US History #1
South American
Geography
Geography of Africa
Empires of the World
European Middles Ages
Drama
 
 
 

SCIENCE AND MATH

Meteorology
Chemistry #1: Physical
Physics #4 Mechanics
Chemistry #2: Organic & Nutrition
Physiology & Human Sexuality
 

HISTORY AND LITERATURE

European Renaissance
Industrial Revolution
Perspectives in US History #2
Geography of Asia
Drama
 

SCIENCE AND MATH

Anatomy
Physics #5: Aero
and Hydromechanics
Oceanography
Pre-Algebra
Solid Geometry
 

HISTORY AND LITERATURE

Ecology
Perspectives in US History #3
Civil Rights
Current Events
World Religions-
Religious Literacy
Drama