Middle School

Curriculum

Welcome to the Hun Middle School, a hub of activity with cutting-edge technology, caring faculty, and a warm and friendly environment in which students can explore boundless opportunities. They may learn about the chemistry of clay in a new STEM lab before sculpting it in our visual arts studio. They can discuss the power plays of Julius Caesar around a Harkness table, or do algebraic equations on the erasable tops of standing desks in our math classrooms. (Yes, you can write on the desks here!)

Students can perform plays, practice martial arts, or master dance moves in an expansive new multi-purpose room, complete with a wall that opens to a patio when inside and outside experiences are in order.

Below you'll find a general guideline of courses for Middle School students; classes that will lay a firm foundation for the Upper School years ahead.

The Sixth Grade

Our sixth grade program is designed to help students transition from their elementary school experiences into thinking and working as more independent learners. Students are encouraged to express themselves and to engage in frequent student-centered discussions.

English: In sixth grade English classes, students will learn to identify main ideas, recognize literary and rhetorical devices, and compose various modes of writing. They will develop skills in research and public speaking, and will build upon their vocabulary and grammar.

Social Studies: Sixth grade students will develop a sense of why history is important, and will begin their academic year studying ancient civilizations. They will move through Ancient Egypt, China, Jordan, India, and Greece, all while developing and understanding of why those civilizations - and their contributions - are important to understand today. Students will read about, investigate, and debate these topics throughout the year.

Science: Students will begin with Earth's creation as they study the Big Bang Theory, then will take on the role of geologists as they discover the Earth's layers, classify rocks, and learn how to measure temperatures. They'll learn about natural disasters, become meteorologists-in-training as they present on topics such as the atmosphere, smog, air quality, and air pressure. Through debates, Harkness discussions, research and field trips (including to apple pick at Terhune Orchards), students will have fun learning about science.

Math: Pre-Algebra 1 students will learn about equations and function; decimals; ratios, rates and proportions; percentages; and perimeter and area during their yearlong introduction to Algebra. They'll work together and in groups to master the basic skills they'll need for their math career at Hun. Some sixth grade students may test into the Pre-Algebra II class.

Electives: All sixth graders take a Study Strategies course, where they learn both study skills and soft skills, and a music theory class. They can choose between either Spanish or French. All students participate in performing and visual arts classes, or play an instrument in the band. Some other classes they can elect to take include art, coding robotics, painting, global website design, HunTV, Middle School newspaper, and photography. Electives may change slightly from year to year.
    • Each year Mr. Arp
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      Each year Mr. Arp's Art and Design Class builds and races boats made entirely out of cardboard.

The Seventh Grade

The seventh grade program is designed to build on skills and experiences acquired in the previous year and to add challenges which are appropriate to a new level of maturity. Students build important critical thinking skills through opportunities for oral presentations, student-centered discussion, interdisciplinary and collaborative group work, and research. Students encounter problem-solving situations and are encouraged to apply what they learn to the outside world. 

English:
Seventh grade English will introduce students to the five paragraph essay, as well as new literacy concepts such as setting, primary sources, author's intention, parody, and allusion. Students will use Harkness discussions, journal responses, group projects, and essays to demonstrate their understanding of course ideas.

History: Students will explore the themes of exploration, colonization, revolution, the Constitution and Government, Jacksonian Democracy, and National Parks. They will develop research skills, analyze political cartoons, debate events, and analyze events.

Science: Seventh grade science students will start the academic year learning about the Scientific Method, and then will work on science fair projects of their choosing. They will learn about photosynthesis, cell structure and function, genetics and fermentation. Students will use lab time to develop a deeper understanding of the course materials.

Math: Pre- Algebra II students will learn about statistics and computational review, solve applications of equations, and find perimeter, area, and volume. They will write and solve proportions, read and write in geometric notation, and simplify numerical expressions with rational numbers. Some students will test into Algebra I.

Electives: All seventh graders take a health class, a performing and visual arts class, such as art and design, sculpture, drama, chorus, and music innovations, or participate in the band. Students also choose a language course. In addition to Spanish and French, seventh graders can choose to study Latin. Students also choose among other electives, including art, coding robotics, painting, global website design, HunTV, Middle School newspaper, and photography. Electives may change slightly from year to year.

The Eighth Grade

The development of abstract thinking is extended from the seventh grade and many opportunities are provided for students to display their ability to analyze and synthesize information. Critical thinking activities, cooperative learning tasks, and opportunities for risk-taking help to create a program that provides authentic experiences for students in and out of the classroom. The eighth grade year will prepare students for the rigors of high school, while cementing their confidence and requiring them to take initiative and ownership of their academic success.

English: Eighth grade English students will expand their vocabulary of literary terms, and will study science fiction, historical fictions, personal narratives, mystery, and poetry. They'll use class projects, Harkness discussions, essays, and quizzes to expand their comprehension.

Geography: Eighth grade students will expand their view of the world by studying Africa, Europe, Russia, and Asia. They will identify countries on a map, analyze the problem of ethnic diversity and propose solutions, and identify entrepreneurial opportunities and effects in specific countries. Their learning will culminate in an end-of-year Model United Nations research project and debate.

Science: Students will identify elements, learn about infections, diseases and nutrition, and study bioethics and genetics. Movies, Venn diagrams, labs, homework and research projects will aid in their learning. At the end of the academic year, students will have the opportunity to design and build a working Rube Goldberg machine.

Math: Algebra 1 students will solve equations and inequalities, and learn about functions, systems of linear equations, and multiply and factor polynomials. They'll use collaborative group work, homework and quizzes to gain a better understanding of course materials. Some students may test into geometry.

Electives: Students have the ability to continue their language studies from seventh grade or switch to Latin. All eighth graders take one health class and a full year of performing and visual arts, such as art and design, sculpture, drama, chorus, and music innovations, or participate in the band. Some other classes they can elect to take include art, coding robotics, painting, global website design, HunTV, Middle School newspaper, and photography. Electives may change slightly from year to year.
The Hun School of Princeton is an independent, coeducational, private day and boarding college preparatory school.  Student-centered, hands-on learning prepares students for the global community in which they will live and work.

176 Edgerstoune Road, Princeton, NJ 08540  |  Phone: (609) 921-7600 | Email: admiss@hunschool.org