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Middle School

Now Accepting Applications for the 2019-2020 School Year

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Middle School

Grades 6–8

The transition into middle school marks a significant and exciting time for our students and parents. Our program is designed to support and guide our students through the challenges emerging teens face, as they develop their capacity for critical thinking and prepare to leave Cedarwood as curious digital citizens, scientists, artists, mathematicians, musicians, and writers, ready for the next step in their academic journey. We utilize a team teaching format in the middle school, in which students are held by their class teacher and supported by a number of speciality subject teachers.

Curriculum Grade By Grade


Grade 6

History and geography
Ancient Rome and Europe, Medieval history, continents, oceans and major mountain ranges, river systems, latitude and longitude, poles, equator and hemispheres

Language arts
Independent composition, structuring and sentence diagramming, self-editing, Arthurian legends and the quest

Mathematics
Geometry, ratios, proportion, percentages, graphing, area and perimeter, probability, mean, median, mode, problem solving and business math

Science
Geology, physics (acoustics, optics, thermodynamics, magnetism), geocentric astronomy, geology and mineralogy

Art
Colored wheel, three-dimensionality through light and dark, master shading, border techniques, charcoal and pastels

World languages (Spanish and Japanese)
Vocabulary review through writing and reading, written compositions, grammar, history and culture, geography

Practical arts
Mastering basic wood carving techniques, mastering sewing stitches, hand-sew a 3-D animal

Music
Expanded orchestral experience, exploration of many different kinds of instruments and cultivation of improvisational skills

Movement
Medieval games preparation, beginning team sports, circus skills and act creations

Eurythmy
Musical scales and intervals, move together in parallel, mirror formation, rod exercises and geometric forms

Experiential
Medieval games


Grade 7

History and geography
Age of Exploration, Renaissance, artists, explorers, early scientists, inventors, African and South American geography

Language arts
Creative, nonfiction (essays, note taking, research), expository, narrative, and descriptive styles of writing and grammar (advanced usage of active/passive verbs, complex adjectives and adverbs)

Mathematics
Ratio and proportion, algebra (positive and negative numbers), geometry (area, angles, graphing, integers) and associative, commutative and distributive properties

Science
Physics (mechanics, optics, acoustics, heat, electricity), inorganic chemistry (combustion, chemical properties, oxygen), physiology, astronomy, human fertility and life skills

Art
Light and shadow, perspective, veil painting, wet-on-dry watercolor, portraits, the human figure and clay modeling

World languages (Spanish and Japanese)
Literature, research and presentations on culture, tenses (past, present, future), dictionary use, creative story and poetry writing

Practical arts
Soapstone bowl carving, clay modeling, mastering various hand-sewing skills

Music
Choose a major and minor instrument to explore for the year, research and experience of a wide variety of musical genres

Movement
Team sports, track and field, fitness and posture, balance and circus skills, gymnastics and archery

Eurythmy
Small groups, musical intervals, sympathy and antipathy, dramatic verse, complex forms, and soul gestures

Experiential
Track meet and sailing trip


Grade 8

History and geography
Revolutions (French, American, Russian, Industrial), U.S. history, modern history, World Wars I and II, world geography.

Language arts
Poetry styles (epic, lyric, dramatic), research skills, figures of speech, styles of composition and editing, grammar and spelling

Mathematics
Algebra: polynomials, binomials, distributive, commutative and associative properties, graphing relationships, platonic solids and Pythagorean theorem

Science
Physics (hydro and aeromechanics, electricity), organic chemistry, physiology, meteorology, sex education, computer science

Art
Composition and proportion in drawing, pastels and modeling from the human form

World languages (Spanish and Japanese)
Composition, oral presentations, geography, history, vocabulary, grammar, and syntax review, articulation of “self,” and conversational skill building

Practical arts
Carving a bone, woodworking service project, construct and machine-sew garment from pattern and quilting

Music
Deepening understanding of music theory, service work for the community, and composition

Movement
Team sports, fitness and posture, track and field, circus skills, gymnastics, and leadership roles

Eurythmy
Dramatic stories and fairy tales, gesture for musical chords and dissonance, work with form and verse, complex geometric forms, and rod exercises

Experiential
Track meet and week-long grade 8 trip


Our middle grades begin their day at 8:15 am and release at 3:15 pm.

On Thursdays, all grades are released at 12:45 pm for faculty and staff meetings.

We offer after-school enrichment programming for middle school students.

High School Placement


Graduation

& Beyond

Many parents are curious as to where Cedarwood students attend high school upon eighth-grade graduation. Because of the geographic diversity of our students, our alumni attend high schools both private and public across the city. We support our students efforts in transitioning to the school of their choice by providing optional test prep training, liaising with high school admissions programs, and inviting representatives from area public and private schools to talk with and address questions our parents might have.

In the past five years, Cedarwood students have matriculated to the following high schools:

Catlin Gabel, Central Catholic, Highland Hall, Jesuit, La Salle Prep, Northwest Academy, Oregon Episcopal School, Portland Waldorf School, St. Mary’s Academy, Grant, Cleveland, Franklin, Wilson, Lincoln, Riverdale.

Preparing for High School

Deciding on your child's next steps after their years at Cedarwood is an exciting -- and sometimes daunting -- time!

Our Enrollment Director, Erin Cooley, is here to support you and your family in this process, whether you've already chosen a high school or are just beginning your exploration of the many possibilities.

Cedarwood students have gone on to attend almost every public, private, and charter high school in Portland. Our administrative team will support the transition of your student to high school by:

  • Providing you with information and logistical support

  • Cultivating our relationships with high school admissions officers and enrollment managers

  • Providing an organized and prompt response to requests for information

  • Hosting a High School Info Night (just for parents!)

We also strongly encourage all parents to attend a variety of open houses and outreach events, and to track the deadlines for schools you are interested in.

You can find more information about preparing for High School here.