5th grade is a transition year for Middle School as this is when they begin departmental classes. The students learn Math, Social Studies, Science, English Language Arts and Spanish, with an eye on making the material relevant to their lives and infusing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) into the classes to ready our students for the 21st century workplace.
In Judaic classes, students are offered two tracks to choose from; a text-based class, where some classes are taught in Hebrew and are focused on classic text learning, and experiential, which does not include Hebrew and allows students who do not connect with text-based learning to learn Judaics with a project and discussion based approach. Both sections include classes on Chumash (Bible), Yediot Klaliot (General Jewish Knowledge) and special courses taught by our community rabbis.
Throughout the year, our students have special programs, both to celebrate Jewish holidays, as well as to experience material learned in General Studies in a more informal manner. On Fridays, grades 5-8 have an Oneg Shabbat program, when they come together to for a parsha themed activity. Exciting programs include Color War, which encourages student leadership and team building skills and enables students to shine with art and musical talents. We also have Discovery Days, during which students can pursue interests such as photography, architecture and technology. The culmination of our Middle School experience is our 8th grade trip to Israel, where our students spend two weeks in Israel, solidifying their Jewish identity by seeing the stories they’ve learned come to life.