Middle School » General Studies

General Studies

The general studies program promotes intellectual growth and love of learning in a stimulating environment.  Our eclectic approach balances traditional educational theories with the most current, research based pedagogy. Technology, multimedia programs, co-educational activities, cultural events and field trips all contribute to a rich learning experience.  

We are extremely proud of the academic achievements of all students. Our approach of focusing on each child as an individual, and maximizing his/her educational potential with remediation and enrichment as needed. Yavneh Academy students are unique and bring their talents into the classroom and extra-curricular activities.

The language arts program promotes communication as a critical life skill. We inculcate in our students an appreciation for the joy and power of the written and spoken word. There is continuity throughout the grades in improving receptive and expressive language skills. Our dynamic reading curriculum includes exploring classic and contemporary reading.   Reading and writing skills become the foundation for all of our disciplines. Our teachers have developed continuity in writing using the Johns Collin and Columbia Teachers College Writing programs.

Through the social studies curriculum, we teach an appreciation for our American and Jewish heritages, and encourage intelligent decision making as active, involved citizens. Middle school students research ancient civilizations and then explore the United States, from the American Revolution through modern day.  Highlights of the Middle School years include the annual Civilization Fair where sixth grade students create a new civilization based on societal norms; children from younger grades are invited to explore and learn about these new worlds. Our Jewish History program includes a solid understanding of the Holocaust, reminding all of us to never forget. Our students share their knowledge with the greater community with a performance of an original play written by our students and talented advisors. By learning our history, geography, government and politics, students better understand the world within and beyond our borders. Current events play an important role in the classroom, both through discussion and debate.  

The sciences come alive at Yavneh through a hands-on approach to learning. Students learn and analyze environmental issues and concerns, and an appreciation of ethical issues is sparked, from a Jewish perspective, to modern scientific issues including genetic engineering and cloning.  Middle school students explore real life situations including studies in Forensics and STEM design incorporating their technology skills in their research. Field trips to nature centers further enhance the learning experience.

In mathematics, we teach concrete and abstract concepts, and emphasize reasoning and problem solving skills. In the early childhood department, math games and concrete materials help children learn number sense, patterning, measurement, graphing, and simple addition and subtraction facts.  Math is a fun part of daily routines, such as calendar and attendance. Math centers in our classrooms, enrichment and resource assistance, help each student master math skills to his/her own level of ability. Our award winning Stock Market Game program and involvement in our regional Math League add to the dynamism of our mathematics curriculum.

The general studies curriculum is enhanced through programs in computer technology, art, music, physical education, and an array of electives to foster students’ interests.  Each of these areas is led by experienced teachers, follows comprehensive curricular outlines, and is injected with creativity and innovation to motivate and engage all students. Our students are urged to express themselves via the many resources we have available. Our goal is to impact each of our students by acknowledging and working within the many learning styles that they each offer.

If you have more questions, please contact Mrs. Barbara Rubin at [email protected]