Middle School | Gr. 6-8

Grades 6-8

Grades six through eight at Severn are designed to encourage social, emotional, and physical wellbeing. We focus on asking important questions to help kids through this transformative chapter of their lives.


Our middle grades curriculum incorporates a healthy balance of knowledge and skills along with an equal measure of challenge and joy. Our teachers create this curriculum to support the age-specific cognitive and social-emotional needs of 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students.

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  • Course Requirements for Advancement

    Required Eighth Grade Courses to Advance to Ninth Grade
    To advance to 9th grade, 8th graders must satisfactorily complete:
    • English 8
    • Algebra I or Geometry*
    • Science 8
    • History 8
    • Foreign Language
    • Fine and Performing Arts: one semester art, one semester music, or the Eighth Grade Musical
    • Physical Education or play three team sports
    • Enough electives to complement a full schedule

    *Pre-Algebra in sixth grade, Algebra I in seventh grade, and Geometry in eighth grade are considered out-of-grade placements.

    Required Seventh Grade Courses to Advance to Eighth Grade
    To advance to 8th grade, 7th graders must satisfactorily complete:
    • English 7
    • Pre-Algebra or Algebra
    • Science 7
    • U.S. History
    • Foreign Language
    • Fine and Performing Arts: one semester art, one semester music
    • Physical Education or play three team sports
    • Enough electives to complement a full schedule
    Required Sixth Grade Courses to Advance to Seventh Grade
    To advance to 7th grade, 6th graders must satisfactorily complete:
    • English 6
    • Math 6 or Pre-Algebra
    • Science 6
    • Geography
    • Foreign Language
    • Fine and Performing Arts: one semester art, one semester music
    • Physical Education
    • Grammar and Composition/Study Skills
    • Health and Wellness and other electives to complement a full schedule
  • Daily Schedule

    Class Rotation
    The Middle School daily schedule rotates through four academic periods. The purpose of this is two-fold:
    1. To allow students a chance to have each class at different periods of the day so that no one class always occurs during a time of day when they are tired.
    2. To ensure that students/athletes do not miss the same class all the time on game days.
    Wednesday Delayed Openings
    Scheduled delayed openings allow faculty and staff to gather for professional development. Please refer to Severn’s website calendar for the specific Wednesday late starts and late start times (either 9:00 or 10:00). On any delayed opening (planned or weather-related), 6th grade dismissal moves to 3:30 p.m.

    Proctoring begins at 8:00 in the supervised Study Hall for those families who need to drop-off their children at the regular start time. Students should report to Bauer Dining Hall.

    Typical Daily Rotation Schedule
    8:10-9:10Period 1
    9:10-10:10Period 2
    10:25-11:25Period 3
    12:00-1:00Period 4
    1:30-2:15Period 7 (PE for 6th grade)
    Period 8 elective for 6th grade, dismissal at 3pm

    Period 8 sports for 7th & 8th grades

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Learning in the Digital World

We believe that technology should be used to enhance student learning, improve communication, and efficiently manage information. Teaching with technology not only prepares students with increasingly necessary life skills but also broadens and deepens student learning.
We use technology to enhance our curriculum, when and where appropriate. Our responsibility is to teach our students how to evaluate technology for its usefulness, to choose the right tool for the right job and to use technology to communicate their ideas effectively. We believe in using tech with purpose.
We use digital tech to promote collaborative learning and design thinking, to improve research skills and information literacy, to develop critical thinking skills, to encourage creativity and to individualize learning across the curriculum. Our students use different tech in different classes, learning how to be flexible and adaptable. They learn that tech for tech’s sake has little value, but as a tool to enhance their learning and ability to connect with others, technology plays a vital role in preparing for the future.

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  • Middle School Technology Program Overview

    For the ‘23-’24 school year, the technology policy is as follows:
    • Middle School Students will have access to iPads through the classroom sets. Each teacher will have a full classroom set of devices, and when the lesson plan/class assignment requires or is enhanced by the iPad, they will be handed out to students.
    • The Learning Resource Center and After School Program will also have iPads available for students.
    • Middle School students will not bring iPads home; all iPads will instead remain with their classroom set and will be charged overnight and ready for the next day’s learning.
    • Homework assignments may or may not be completed on a device.  Each family will need a device (computer or tablet) at home for some assignments.


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Academic Policies

A full schedule for students in grades 6, 7, and 8 consists of six academic periods, one elective or enrichment period, and four quarters of Physical Education or participation on a team. Students must be enrolled in a course in every period. Students may not repeat elective or enrichment courses.

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