The Junior High Experience
The Academy's Junior High is designed to prepare you for high school level work across the curriculum. Middle school can be a hard time for students—homeschoolers are ready to venture beyond parent-led learning, and traditionally schooled students may find middle school a challenge to navigate academically and socially. Our junior high is a supportive, inspiring middle school alternative for Atlanta students who want to enter high school as happy, confident students.
Classes at the Junior High are designed to help you develop essential skills for high school. Maybe you're a writer with a terrific voice who needs to firm up her grammar skills. Or you're excited to tackle algebra but you've missed a few math fundamentals along the way. Or you'd like to dive into more advanced work, but you have trouble managing your time. Junior High is the perfect place to develop the academic and personal toolkit you need for advanced high school work.
We meet students where they are to help them get where they want to go next.
We help students build the academic and personal skills they need to succeed.
Just because we're doing serious learning doesn't mean we can't have fun.
How does the schedule work?
Students attend classes two days a week, similar to university model classes. Class days are intensive, hands-on, and depend on students who have prepared for class on their days away from school.
What will I learn?
The Academy follows a fairly classical liberal arts curriculum with a heavy emphasis on critical thinking, reading, and writing. Like the High School, the Junior High follows a four-year history cycle (Ancient History, World History, U.S. History, and Asian History) which focuses closely on a few specific topics. A typical schedule includes: Mathematics (covering fundamentals for middle school math through geometry), Grammar and Writing, History, Literature, Science, Spanish, and an elective. Our classes also focus on study skills: you'll learn how to manage long-term assignments, how to study for a test, how to write a research paper, how to take notes, and other skills that will serve you well in your post-Junior High life. Brown Bag Enrichment during Wednesday lunch is optional, but includes short-session workshops, book club, and activities to complement and enhance your regular curriculum.
What about grades?
Our academic rubric is designed to recognize student growth and development beyond test scores. Students come from different backgrounds with different educational experiences, skills, and abilities, and grades reflect a student's individual achievements rather than a general standard. Hard work is one of the most important factors in a student's final grade—students who have completed homework assignments, actively participated in class, and worked to improve will fare well academically since those factors are most important in Junior High grades.
What about social activities and extracurriculars?
Most of our current extracurricular and social activities—including drama club, prom, yearbook, movie days, etc.—came about through student initiative, so if you have a great idea for an activity, we'll be all in to help you make it a reality. Students also have built in social time every day, including a lunch break that's set up so that you can bond with your fellow students outside the classroom.