Developed in partnership with the National Institute of Out-of-School Time, our Middle School curriculum offers comprehensive, engaging and age-appropriate learning experiences. Programming focuses on eight core content areas: Arts and Humanities, Character Development, Health and Wellness, Homework Support, Literacy, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), Service Learning, Social Competence and Conflict Resolution.
Fun and educational, the curriculum inspires a thirst for learning and encourages students to nurture their own individual passions through Performance-Based Learning. For example, students may learn about physics and chemistry while building their own rocket and then launching at the end of the week as part of a friendly competition. In addition, we offer opportunities for interest-based reading in a digital format, making literacy fun and engaging. Students can also explore the arts in a way they simply can’t during the traditional school day, from performing in a band to staging an actual theater play. Not to mention, here at the Y, we involve all students in athletics and/or exercise programs to ensure our youth have the tools they need to make healthy life choices.
Of course, it’s not just fun and games. At this age, youth begin to adopt the study habits, social behaviors and decision-making abilities that will define them throughout the rest of their school years. Our teachers help students with studying and homework to instill the importance of academic success. The curriculum also includes regular sports and exercise to reinforce students’ commitment to healthy and active lifestyles.