Middle School Curriculum Overview
The Norristown Area School District’s Middle School Math Curriculum is designed to provide students with the ability to independently make sense of and persevere in solving complex and novel mathematical problems while using effective mathematical reasoning to construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. Students will learn to communicate precisely when making mathematical statements and express answers with a degree of precision appropriate for the context of the problem/situation, apply mathematical knowledge to analyze and model situations/relationships using multiple representations and appropriate tools in order to make decisions, solve problems, and draw conclusions. Our goal is for students to gain a mathematical perspective and formulate generalized problem solving strategies, while focusing on the PA Core Standards and the skills needed to be successful in Algebra.
English Language Arts
The Norristown Area School District's Middle School English Language Arts Curriculum is focused on providing students with the skills to independently comprehend and evaluate complex texts across a range of types and disciplines, be a critical consumer of text and other media to recognize, understand, and appreciate multiple perspectives and cultures, produce writing to address task, purpose, perspective, and intended audience; research and gather evidence to create a clear and coherent message and communicate effectively for varied purposes and audiences. By the end of middle school our goal is for students to be able to listen actively to engage in a range of conversations, to analyze and synthesize idea and positions, and to evaluate accuracy in order to learn, reflect, and respond.
The Norristown Area School District's Middle School Science Curriculum is comprised of skills that students will be able to independently use in their learning. Students will use these skills to explain the natural world, weigh evidence and use scientific approaches to ask questions, investigate, and make informed decisions. They will make and use observations to analyze relationships and patterns in order to explain phenomena, develop models, and make predictions.