Middle

Grades 7 to 9

Intermediate school for program planning purposes, Grades 7 to 9 is treated as a unit. The courses, which make up the program, are designed to meet the needs, interests, and abilities of students of intermediate school age. The intermediate school program is a broad one intended to foster the intellectual, physical, emotional, and cultural growth and development of students. To be successful, the program must be appropriate and the ambiance of the school constructive. An appropriate program includes the tasks, challenges, experiences, and materials, which are suitable for the abilities of the students. The atmosphere of the school must be one in which students feel that they are liked and supported, in which achievements are recognized as well as shortcomings, in which individual improvements and abilities are encouraged, and where comparisons with others are not over‐stressed. The intermediate school and its program should encourage students to broaden their interests. This is one function of the courses in art, music, industrial technology, a second language, and of the broadened nature of many other courses. Exposure to new areas of study takes place within all of the subjects. The intermediate school years form an important period in students' progress toward independence. Both the school and its program should assist students toward this objective. Opportunities for responsibility and for leadership are to be encouraged. Students should have occasions to discuss the responsibilities and the discipline needed for independence and for effective leadership. Furthermore, those opportunities for independence and leadership, which the school provides to students, should always be accompanied by responsibility for the consequences.

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