The Middle School program
offers courses intended to develop not only content knowledge but also
critical, creative, and abstract thinking skills.
In addition, the Middle
School at Williams guides students to become respectful, responsible, and
reflective students and citizens. Students are encouraged to take risks as they
explore new ideas and connections and are empowered to take charge of their
learning. By exposing students to a wide range of courses in the Middle School,
Williams places an emphasis on the development of writing skills, analytic
skills, and effective communication.
In grade six, students take
English, Local History, Earth and Environment, Math, Introduction to Spanish and Latin, and Enrichment. In grade seven, students take English, American History, Math, Life Science, Modern Language, and Enrichment. In grade eight, students take English, Geography, Math, Modern Language,
Physical Science, Latin I, and Enrichment. Students are placed in the
appropriate level of Math and Modern Language based on a placement test,
previous coursework, and teacher recommendation. Enrichment offerings include
Art, Music, Drama, Dance, Citizenship, Debate, Health, and Study Skills. Whenever
students are not scheduled in a class, they are in a structured study hall.
Band and Chorus are available as elective courses for students in grades six, seven, and eight. Students in the eighth grade who participate in Band will postpone
their study of either Modern Language or Latin until the ninth grade.