The Middle School English Program in grades five through eight develops and strengthens students' verbal and analytical skills in many areas. Through literature, composition, grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and oral expression, teachers nurture a deeper understanding and appreciation of the language. The program is designed to bolster students’ ability to read fluently and accurately and to analyze texts through discussion, composition, and personal response.
In fifth and sixth grades, students receive separate instruction in reading. Fifth graders see the reading and English teachers every day; sixth graders have reading every other day. Reading teachers work closely with English teachers to coordinate language arts and reading instruction. In the seventh and eighth grades, reading and language arts are combined in the English class.