While remediation of skills may still be necessary, application of skills and strategies is increasingly important in developing successful independent learners. Organization, study skills and self-advocacy are taught and emphasized across the academic curriculum. To effectively advocate for their educational needs, students must recognize their own individual learning styles, strengths and weaknesses, be willing to ask questions for clarification, and seek help as needed.
Students in grades 7 and 8 attend science class daily in preparation for grade level expectations as they approach high school. Laboratory work expands to include a broader range of learning objectives, and students are assessed more frequently on vocabulary and concepts studied. Students go into greater depth on topics studied (Physical, Earth and Life Science), and more sophisticated assignments include detailed lab notes, synthesizing information and application of scientific concepts. Teachers provide instruction on accurate note-taking, study skills, gleaning information from texts, and research and report writing are given greater emphasis.
- Grade 6 - Ancient World History (early civilizations to Roman Empire)
- Grade 7 - World History (Fall of Rome to Early Modern Times)
- Grade 8 - United States History.
- Assistive technology
- Adobe Photoshop for digital media projects
- Presentation software
- Digital citizenship
- Robotics and coding skills
- Keyboarding skills and word processing
Chartwell students often excel in the visual arts, and students are encouraged to explore and express their creativity in original works of art. Students learn basic principles of color, design and art elements while experimenting with color, patterns, shapes, perspective and materials. Students apply techniques to drawing, painting, crafts, sculpture and clay. Art is integrated across the curriculum in various ways: a painting to illustrate a poem written in language arts, designing a Grecian Urn or Egyptian artifact for humanities class, or creating a 3-D mural of the ocean for science.
Our music program uses the Orff-Schulwerk educational approach to build musicianship through the integration of all aspects of music, rhythm, structured and unstructured movement, singing, percussion instruments, recorders, speech and drama. Students are exposed to a variety of music, composers and songs to nurture interest, talent and appreciation.
The Chartwell Wellness and Fitness program, for both Lower and Middle School, is designed to guide students in two primary areas: physical fitness and teamwork. The physical aspect of the program explores different activities needed to give students a basic understanding of the skills needed for playing the games, but emphasis is on cooperation, communication and keeping their bodies fit and healthy. Teamwork skills are integrated into the program to guide students in developing the necessary tools for problem solving and to promote self-esteem. The students are encouraged to resolve disagreements by means of cooperation, team building, respect and compromise.