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Middle School Core Subjects

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The ACDS Middle School curriculum presents demanding academic core classes, balanced by a broad selection of high-interest elective courses. The school day consists of six 55-minute periods with five core subjects — English language and literature, mathematics, social studies, science and physical education. Each student  chooses two different elective courses per trimester. Electives are two periods 3 times per week.

Character education and service learning and leadership time is integrated into the weekly schedule for all Middle School students.

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Middle School Electives

Exciting exploration, unique courses, and hands-on learning are hallmarks of the Middle School elective program.

Our Middle School students choose from an extensive selection of exciting and varied elective courses, representing the broad expertise of our faculty and the dynamic interests of the students themselves. Different electives are offered each year, including brand new options. Most electives run for one trimester, allowing students to explore a number of subject areas over the course of their three years in Middle School.

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Day in the Life

The days for Middle School students at ACDS are designed to develop the interests of our students as they find their independence and self-identity.

Middle School at ACDS offers many academic, elective and after-school experiences. We begin the day with our daily grade-level advocacy program. Students then move between their core subjects and electives taught by our master teachers who share their passion, commitment to children, and subject matter expertise with the students they serve.

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