Students in sixth through eighth grade become increasingly responsible and move more independently throughout their day. Opportunities to collaborate are many, and students enjoy a wide variety of engaging learning experiences. A combination of instructional approaches continues throughout Middle School, providing significant opportunities for critical thinking, collaboration and problem solving skills to improve.
A robust English curriculum offers invaluable preparation for high school and college writing. Leveled mathematics instruction enables students of varying capabilities to continue at a pace best suited for them, with Independence students regularly shining in regional and state math competitions. World language becomes a daily subject of study, and hands-on laboratory sciences mix inquiry with content in relevant experiences. The social studies curriculum supports the mission of graduating strong local and global citizens, as does our emphasis on leadership and character. Eighth graders showcase their abilities with a Capstone Project that utilizes their research, public speaking and communication skills.