Middle School Curriculum

Typical courses for each year of middle school

The example below shows a typical path through middle school. Individual schedules may differ, depending on needs and interests. For example, motivated middle school learners can advance in math placement based on assessments and coursework. CCC/L2L stands for our Community Citizenship/Learning to Learn class taken by all middle schoolers.

The Nea middle school curriculum is based on California Common Core Standards and has been reviewed and approved by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

6th Grade
English Language Arts 6
History/Soc Sci 6
Math 6
Science 6 (Ecology & Earth)
Physical Education 6
Music/Arts Elective
General Elective
7th Grade
Humanities 7 (a blended ELA/History curriculum)
Math 7 (Pre-Algebra)
Science 7 (Life Science)
Physical Education 7
Music/Arts Elective
General Elective
8th Grade
English Language Arts 8
History/SocSci 8
Math 8 (Intro to Algebra)
Science 8 (Physical Science)
Physical Education 8
Music/Arts Elective
Introductory Spanish

Electives Open to Middle Schoolers

(Offerings vary from year to year.)

General Electives
  • From Garden to Pan
  • Green Team
  • Lego Robotics
  • Maker Faire
  • Martial Arts
  • Middle School Leadership
  • Public Speaking
  • Web Publishing
  • Yoga
  • Zumba
Music/Arts Electives
  • Art History
  • Digital Photography
  • Drawing
  • Mixed Media Arts
  • Yearbook/Graphic Design
  • Band A
  • Band B
  • Beginning Violin
  • Digital Music Studio--Beginner
  • Digital Music Studio--Advanced
  • Music Appreciation
  • Musical Theater
  • Performance Theater
  • Readers' Theater