This blog post is part of a series of #WellnessWednesday tips. This week, Lower and Middle School Counselor Adam Diaz shares how students can stay motivated during the pandemic.
In the Middle School (Grades 6–8), we make sure you can explore the subjects you love while focusing on a well-rounded course schedule. Your day is structured so that you have plenty of breaks to stay sharp — you never have more than two classes in a row — and our eight-day class cycle means you take subjects at different times each day to experience every course when you are feeling your best.
Classes are small (the average is 14 students) at Landon. You have required courses in English, math, science, and depending on the grade, social studies, history or geography. Our teachers are focused on creating engaging, meaningful ways for you to learn, like transforming our outdoor basketball court into a coordinate plane during math class.
You select your language class — Chinese, French, Latin or Spanish. We also offer honors classes in math.
Please see our full curriculum guide below.
Grade 6 students take a “foundations” course to teach them important study skills, learn about U.S. history from the 1830's to the present in social studies, and learn about the human body and how to program robots in life science class.
Form I (Grade 7) boys explore the greater world and its diverse cultures in geography class, and learn about meteorology, geology, astronomy and more through hands-on investigations in earth science class.
Form II (Grade 8) students learn about ancient history through the early Medieval period, tackle algebra, learn to become master writers in English class, and take a once-a-cycle health and wellness class.
In the spring, you will learn about specific topics that interest you during our annual Mini-Mester program. From exploring some of Washington’s most famous monuments and museums to making your own film to using forensics clues at a pretend crime scene to solve a mystery, you will learn about topics that aren’t often taught in a classroom.
You will also have off-campus day field trips, as well as overnight trips in Maryland and West Virginia to deepen the lessons you learn in the classroom. And collaborations with Holton-Arms School provide the opportunity to work alongside girls in your grade level to complete fun academic challenges.
If you'd like to expand your horizons internationally and immerse yourself in a foreign culture, you can participate in one of our summer "Global Journeys" to Costa Rica and Belize.