Middle School (6-8)

Educational Philosophy

Pillars Preparatory Academy will have a small school environment where students have access to individual atten­tion from teachers and the administration, which improves student outcomes, grades and test scores. Thanks to our moderate class sizes, teachers can modify lessons and uti­lize different pedagogical techniques to cater to the individual styles of learning. The Curriculum of Pillars Preparatory Academy offers students an opportunity to study a rigorous curriculum. Standardized testing is a focal point of the Curriculum. SAT Preparation courses are offered starting from 9th Grade. AP and Honor courses will be offered for those who have excelled at advanced pace. Our low student to teacher ratio and supporting envi­ronment, allow for teachers to work together with students, parents and administrators to ensure that each student maximizes his/her true potential.

College preparation begins in the 8th grade, enabling middle school students to obtain High School credits and to take PSATs in order to create an individualized plan which will yield the highest score possible in the SATs. Instilling a rigorous curriculum will prepare our graduates to meet the academic expectations of top colleges. Dual enroll­ment program, AP courses and honor classes will bring the college atmosphere to Pillars Prep Academy. Stu­dents will learn from highly qualified teach­ers. The teacher dynamic ranges from in­ternationally educated and domestically educated individuals. This allows for a highly diversified staff, which in turn mirrors the diversity of our student body.

English Language

Department Head: Rhonda Moustafa / Eman Osman

Department Philosophy
The English Department strives to create a rigorous and academically challenging curriculum. The Department aims to foster creativity in students who read closely, write precisely, collaborate effectively, reflect purposefully, and solve problems ethically. To that end, students will be exposed to various literary works that will expand their views of the world. It is our hope that students will look at the world with a 360 degree lens. The English faculty is committed to developing communication skills in students that will enable them to be successful in college and beyond. We want students to develop their own unique voices and to understand the importance of literature and language in their everyday lives and find personal connections to the texts that enhance their understanding of themselves and the world.

In our English classes, the English Department and our students are called upon to think and ask why? Through our exploration of literature and the development of our voices through our oral and written works, we aspire to make the world a better place. We will read short stories, novels, plays, fiction, and non-fiction. We will hone our grammar and writing skills through various writing assignments including narratives and essays. We will share our thoughts and ideas with our classmates while sharpening our speaking skills through speeches and presentations.

Standards

Course List with a short description of each course and course prerequisite, if any: www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/

Goals

The Language Arts Department has an integrated program that stresses various forms of classic and contemporary literature. There is emphasis on basic skills, study skills, English grammar (usage and mechanics), vocabulary, spelling, literary concepts, note taking, writing techniques and styles (penmanship), research skills, reading strategies & comprehension, and speaking & listening skills.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
  • Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
  • Describe how a particular text’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.
  • Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
  • Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).
  • Compose a five paragraph persuasive essay, with a well-developed central argument, and topic sentences in each paragraph which include references to literature as supporting details.
  • Compose a narrative essay which develops real or imagined circumstances using effective techniques, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.

Course Texts

Primary Course Textbooks:

  • Glencoe-McGraw Hill Literature: Courses 1, 2, 3
  • Sadlier Oxford Vocabulary Levels A, B, and C

Grade 6:

  • Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • The Summer of the Swan by Betsy Byars
  • The Pearl by John Steinbeck
  • The Hatchet by Gary Paulson
  • Holes by Louis Sachar

Grade 7:

  • The Pigman by Paul Zindel
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen
  • Short stories by various authors

Grade 8:

  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Science Department

Department Head: Israa Elhalim

Department Philosophy
The goal of the science program at Pillars Prep Academy is to achieve scientific literacy and acquire science skills through hands on experience. A scientifically literate society is crucial to our increasingly complex and technological world.

Pillars Prep Academy students will be exposed to the rigors of scientific process skills (i.e. making observations, collection of data, formulation of hypotheses, predictions, experimental design, data interpretation, formulation of conclusions and theories) that provide a basic foundation for discovery in nature. All students, in all grades, deserve continuing and meaningful science instruction.

Standards

Read about the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the science content standards followed by Pillars Preparatory Academy: www.nextgenscience.org

Standardized Tests Used

NJASK, SAT Subject Tests, AP Exams

6th Grade Science

The Sixth Grade competencies and objectives build upon Kindergarten through Fifth grade concepts. Students will explore properties and changes in matter structure, energy and energy transformations, waves, light, sound, electricity and magnetism, structure and interaction of the Earth system, Earth’s history, and Earth in the solar system, energy resources, classification and structure of life, inheritance and adaptations, animals and plants, interactions of life.

Emphasis is on developing the ability to ask questions, to observe, to experiment, to measure, to use computers and calculators, to problem solve/reason, to use tools of science, to gather data, and to communicate findings.

7th Grade Science

The Seventh Grade competencies and objectives build upon Kindergarten through sixth grade concepts. Students will explore matter, motion, energy, energy transformations and resources, universe, structure and interactions of Earth’s system, classification, structure and interactions of Life and genetics.

Emphasis is on developing the ability to ask questions, to observe, to experiment, to measure, to use computers and calculators, to problem solve/reason, to use tools of science, to gather data, and to communicate findings.

8th Grade Science

The Physical Science course will provide opportunities for students to develop and communicate an understanding of physics and chemistry through lab-based activities, mathematical expressions, and concept exploration.

This course demands that students effectively communicate results through various methods (summarizing data in a specified lab format, written and/or oral presentations, graphs, charts, diagrams, multimedia presentations, etc.).

Throughout the teaching process, inquiry, safety skills, scientific method process, measuring, use of scientific equipment, current events, environmental issues, and hands-on activities will be emphasized.

Math Department

Department Head: Safia Haddam

Department Philosophy
We believe in creating learning environments where students practice and acquire the knowledge of mathematics. We believe that students should be able to Proficiently apply a range of numerical, algebraic, geometric, and statistical concepts and the skills to formulate, analyze, and solve real world problems. The learning environment will facilitate inquiry, use of technology and the exploration of real world phenomena. It will support continuous development of mathematical Skills and the appreciation of mathematics as a discipline. Our mathematics Program seeks to graduate students who will possess a sense of numbers, data Analysis, spatial relationships, symbolic representations, and the ability to Communicate mathematics with others.

Standards

Pillars Preparatory Academy offers courses, all college preparatory, at all levels.
www.corestandards.org/Math/

Social Studies Department

Department Head: Rhonda Moustafa / Eman Osman

Department Philosophy
Our philosophy in Social Studies is an education that provides students the environment and tools to gain and apply historical knowledge and to hone their skills as indicated below.

Standards

Goals for Students

  • To develop skills for perceptive reading, critical thinking, summarizing, and intelligent
    articulation.
  • To develop the ability to use and conduct research in primary materials.
  • To develop an awareness and appreciation for other cultures.
  • To expose students to a wide variety of historical approaches.
  • To help students deal with the present and future by studying the past patterns and trends of human activity.
  • To analyze the ever-changing, global issues of our world.
  • To become aware of their roles as citizens in society and prepare to participate actively, competently, and productively.

World History I

This course will focus on the broader view of the world around us and of meaning to our place in this global village. Some key topics covered in this course include on a more in-depth level than 6th grade: The Four Early Civilizations (Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, India), The Mesoamerican Civilizations, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Early Africa, the Middle East, The Middle Ages, and The Renaissance.

World History II

Prerequisite: World History I

This course will focus on World History starting from the 17th Century. The focus of the course will be regional and linear. We will have units that focus on Europe for a brief period of time, then switch to Asia for roughly the same period of time, then to Africa and the Americas. The course will also focus heavily on cross cultural themes and interaction between groups of people and how world history is becoming increasingly closer as we enter the age of globalization.

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