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Purple Room

Middle School Curriculum


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Working Hard, Having Fun

The Purple Room academics blend teacher-designed curriculum with state and national standards. The middle school classes are divided up by grade level (with the exception of mathematics) but all students join together at lunch, snack, and during the elective periods.


The language arts, science, and world studies programs are on a three-year rotating schedule of topics that still leaves plenty of time for fun activities and field trips. Students work just as hard preparing a documentary for their History Day Competition as they do building a "little library" in an elective class

Language Arts

Depending on the year, you may find students studying 19th century American poetry, Norse mythology, or exploring conflict within society through reading Animal Farm or Red Scarf Girl. And in the spring of each year, students read a play by William Shakespeare and enact scenes from the play for the younger grades.


The math courses use Prentice Hall's math curriculum and supplemental materials to study various levels of Pre-Algebra, high school Algebra 1, and Geometry, depending on each student's current skills.


The science curriculum reflects a three year rotation between life, physical, and earth sciences. Students work in the science lab on hands-on activities. They raise trout and chickens from eggs, develop and solve a self-directed engineering project, and explore the outside campus in depth.

World Studies

The world studies curriculum reflects a three-year rotation between U.S. History: Post-Civil War Reconstruction to Present, Ancient Civilizations, and Civics. Students debate issues at hand and collaborate on group projects. The highlight of the year is a creative research project for the National History Day competition.



The Spanish curriculum covers two years of high school level Spanish, beginning in fifth grade. Each Spanish high school level course is split over two years. Students learn the language and culture, and enjoy cooking recipes and reading Harry Potter in Spanish.


In addition to core classes, our middle schoolers take Art, Computer Lab, and Life Skills classes. Students new to our middle school program are also required to take Sunshine Spanish if they want High School credit.  

Field Trips & Service Projects

We try to get out of the classroom as much as possible, and explore the world around us. We'll take a hike to the Cascades, see a play at the Lyric Theatre, explore science labs at Virginia Tech, and more!

Each month we learn about new community service opportunities, and have removed invasive species at Pandapas, collected trash, made care packages for those in need, and harvested turnips for the Food Pantry.

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