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Intermediate students at Newton's Grove can expect to develop the self-reliance and conceptual thinking skills they need to manage school work that increasingly challenges them to make connections across fields of knowledge.
Building on students' growing independent thinking skills, our Intermediate Program offers a comprehensive curriculum designed to prepare students for success in high school. Many subjects are taught by specialists at this level, and students must wrestle conceptually at a deeper level than ever before.
Starting in Grade 7—versus the usual Grade 9—our students transition from unit tests to summative exams, covering more material and ensuring they are well-prepared for exams to come.
By the time they complete Grade 8, our Intermediate students can formulate a thesis and support it effectively in an essay. They've mastered the mathematical foundation essential to Academic-level high school courses. They can interpret and apply relevant historical issues to the present day, and they have an appreciation of how physical geography shapes current cultural and political events. They've studied robotics. They can evaluate and properly cite online research resources for school projects. They've developed fundamental athletic skills by participating in a variety of team and individual sports. They can play a brass or woodwind instrument, and have developed confidence and poise through the study of drama.
In short, by the time they enter Grade 9, these students are exceptionally well-prepared.
Grades 7 and 8 can be a challenging time for kids as they begin to navigate changing social dynamics and increased responsibilities. Students naturally seek greater independence at this stage, and our Intermediate Program addresses that by stressing the importance of responsibility and accountability as essential to growing.
Good study habits are emphasized now more than ever, and students build solid time management and organizational skills, relying on their school agendas to manage increased responsibility and commitments.
Classes are capped at a maximum of 18 students. Every individual is expected to be self-reliant and accountable for his or her work and actions.