Middle School | Gr. 6-8

Enrichment Programs

We Believe in Student Choice

Choice is an important part of helping our students develop ownership and personal investment in their education. Beginning in 6th grade we offer a number of enrichments and electives for students among which are four courses geared toward giving back through community service. Through this choice, our students explore their passions and interests, developing their own sense of identity both in and outside the classroom. 

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  • 7th and 8th Grade Electives

    7th and 8th grade students may choose from a variety of elective courses including:
    • Basics of Photography and Photoshop 
    • Calligraphy
    • Chess
    • Current Events
    • Dance
    • Debate 
    • Drawing
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Environmental and Outdoor Activities
    • Girls Who Code
    • Innovative Design Challenges
    • Intro to Coding/Programming
    • Leadership, Listening and Public Speaking
    • The Admirals' Pen Literary magazine
    • Logic and Games
    • Model United Nations
    • On Target (archery)
    • Robotics and Engineering
    • Science Club
    • Set Design
    • Stress Management and Techniques of Relaxation
    • Strings Ensemble
  • Physical Education

    6th Grade Intramural Sports and Physical Education
    This program provides skill instruction and intramural competition in soccer, volleyball, field hockey, flag football, basketball, lacrosse, and softball. Students will be introduced to floor hockey, futsal, tennis, ultimate frisbee, team handball, badminton, pickle ball, track and field, cricket, golf, archery, bowling and kickball.  We include fitness principles and weight-room instruction in our curriculum for 6th graders along with the annual Hoops for Heart event to benefit the American Heart Association.

    Interscholastic Sports for 7th and 8th Graders
    • Fall: soccer, football, field hockey, or cross country. 
    • Winter: basketball or wrestling.
    • Spring: lacrosse, tennis, or track and field. 
    In addition to our interscholastic sports programs for 7th and 8th graders, we offer skill instruction and intramural competition during the winter season through a sport rotation of floor hockey, basketball, team handball, badminton, pickle ball and a variety of fitness activities. We also include fitness principles and weight-room instruction in our curriculum.
  • Service Learning

    Service Learning is immersed in various academic classes, but most significantly, the entire Middle School participates in an introduction to what service learning means and its importance during “Get Acquainted Day” along with a full day dedicated to community service in November.
  • 6th Grade Introduction to Design Thinking and Innovation

    Design thinking is a creative approach to designing meaningful solutions. In this class, students will engage in hands-on activities in order to explore the four majors themes in engineering; health, security, sustainability and joy of living. Students will work as engineers to apply their creativity and knowledge to better define, analyze and solve problems in the "real world." Through innovative problem solving, students will also develop skills in organization, time management and collaboration.

    **This class is part of our Transition to Teel curriculum for 6th graders.
  • Health and Wellness

    The Middle School Health and Wellness curriculum encompasses character education and its purpose is to help our students develop good social relationships and undestanding of self. We do not assign grades for Health and Wellness classes. They are are conducted in an informal manner in order to foster free-flowing discussion. The goal is to help students think constructively, make sound decisions, solve problems, access information, and take responsibility for their own lives.
  • 6th Grade Civility Seminars

    Over the past several years, the Middle School has focused on civility as a theme. In this enrichment, 6th grade students learn what civility is, talk about examples of it in everyday life at Severn’s Middle School, learn how to cultivate civility by small actions in school, and discuss what civility looks like as a middle schooler.

    The class is based on examining case studies, where students discuss and grapple with many civility dilemmas that appear in the lives of 6th graders. Students will be enrolled in this course for 4.5 weeks during the third or fourth quarter.

    **This class is part of our Transition to Teel curriculum for 6th graders.
  • 6th Grade Study Skills

    This course focuses on maximizing learning by making the best use of: our minds, our habits, and the resources available at school. Students will cover topics such as strategies to study and remember information effectively, how to prioritize and plan in the short and long term, and routines and habits for organization. They will learn about the support available at Severn, such as regular study halls and extra help sessions with teachers. 

    Students will also practice advocating for themselves by communicating confidently and appropriately with their teachers. At the end of the quarter, students will leave armed with the tools and knowledge to take charge of their education.

    **This class is part of our Transition to Teel curriculum for 6th graders.

Lower School

Preschool-Grade 5
Chesapeake Campus
1185 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd
Arnold, MD 21012

Upper School

Grade 6-12
Teel Campus
Severna Park, MD 21146