Middle School (Grades 6-8)



Old Trail Middle School students thrive in an environment they trust.

An NYU study indicates that students in K–8 environments perform better academically than those in solely middle school environments. Furthermore, graduates of K–8 models earn higher secondary school GPAs than their peers matriculating from standalone middle schools.
 
As Old Trail students transition into the uncertainty of adolescence, they are free to learn and be themselves in a place that feels familiar, alongside faculty members and friends they trust. They achieve more because they view themselves as leaders of the school and take that responsibility seriously.

Experience and reflection yield growth.

Growth requires the utmost care and plenty of space. Indoors and out, our teachers thoughtfully present meaningful experiences that immerse children in the material, and then encourage them to reflect on what they’ve learned. In every team activity or independent research project, the goal remains the same: preparing your child for success in high school, college and life.


According to the Society of Human Resource Management, the skills most lacking in the workplace are problem solving, critical thinking, innovation and creativity. These qualities are what we do best.

We ensure every child has a positive and unforgettable middle school experience.

Our students thrive in a community in which every individual is valued and respected. Students take control of their education as they fuel their passions and find creative ways to express their ideas. Some hallmarks of the Middle School experience include:

  • 15 elective courses, including Mock Trial, Science Olympiad, Global Explorers and more
  • Weekly speeches in front of classmates in seventh grade
  • Small-group and one-on-one meetings with a dedicated advisor
  • 11 interscholastic athletic teams
  • Community music competitions at Ohio Music Education Association events

Middle School Fellowship in Creativity

Seventh and eighth graders can complete a yearlong independent study on a topic they’re passionate about outside of their regular school requirements. Students are paired with faculty mentors who support and guide them through their research. By setting their own goals and deadlines, students learn how to complete long-term projects and develop time management skills that place them ahead of their peers as they enter high school. Recent topics have included the scientific study of Down syndrome, exploration of Cleveland’s architecture and full orchestra compositions.

Spring Trips

Every year of Middle School, students take overnight class trips that become some of their most memorable experiences at Old Trail.
 
In sixth grade, your child will venture to Chicago as part of a four-day urban experience, visiting the city’s remarkable museums and chronicling their observations in journals.
 
Seventh graders travel to the famed Tremont Institute in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Your child will spend five days discovering the natural beauty of the landscape, hiking, learning how to square dance and enjoying time with their classmates in a rustic setting.
 
During the capstone eighth-grade trip to Washington, D.C., students and advisors tour in small groups, which allows students to create an itinerary that suits their academic interests and offers a more authentic visit experience.

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  • Overview and Philosophy

    Middle School students experience their transitional adolescent years in an intellectually stimulating and supportive environment. Learning comes best when students own it, and we gently but surely transition that ownership to your child’s shoulders.
     
    Early adolescents perform best when given the opportunity to engage, interpret, question and reflect upon their world. Each of our courses provides students with the chance to develop these critical competencies in collaborative and creative ways. Students have an active and primary role in their own education, and our faculty strives to develop and align appropriately challenging curricula. There are numerous opportunities for interdisciplinary projects and approaches as students explore their newly discovered potential.

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  • Distance Learning in Middle School

    Middle School students continue to prepare for success in high school by remotely attending live classes, interacting with teachers and their peers, and meeting with a dedicated advisor who assesses overall wellness and academic performance.
     
    Even as Old Trail students are learning on campus, we know that many families may wish for their child to remain home. Should you prefer to keep your child home, our distance learning dean, Ed Brown, will work with you and your child to ease the transition, to ensure you feel connected to the Old Trail community and to prioritize your child’s growth—academically, socially and emotionally. Mr. Brown will also serve as an advocate for all distance learners as they work with faculty to ensure the curriculum and programming meets the needs of students not on campus.

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  • Schedule

    Old Trail’s innovative, research-backed schedule allows students to have choice in their experience and encourages strong time management skills. Centered around our hourlong class periods and six-day cycle, the day is well-paced and balanced, allowing students ample opportunities to take intellectual risks and dive deeply into each subject. In our schedule, faculty have greater opportunity to offer several types of creative pedagogical instruction per class period, ensuring all of our learners can connect with the material. With long blocks of time reserved for visual arts, athletics and advisory, the Middle School schedule balances all of the needs of growing adolescents. 

    Students can adapt their daily schedule to meet their individual interests and needs. Each day includes a flexible study hall block that can be used for music performance classes, quiet study, advisor meetings, collaborative work or enrichment time with a specific teacher.
     
    In addition, we offer a daily 25-minute unstructured period immediately after lunch. Though some students use this for outdoor play, the block of time also allows for student visits with teachers, small-group instrumental sessions and student-generated clubs. In combination, these flexible and fluid periods allow students and teachers the space to construct schedules that support exploration, enrichment and extension.

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  • Advisory

    The advisory structure in Old Trail’s Middle School seeks to give students the comfort of having a specified teacher working on their behalf. The advisor attempts to galvanize trust and cooperation with each advisee, cultivating student advocacy at school.
     
    The advisor and the student will take time away from their own family-sized group (a 1:8 advisor to student ratio) to explore short- and long-term goals, manage and learn from challenges and celebrate successes.
     
    Advisors remain in regular contact with families throughout the year and hold biannual, formal conferences. Going beyond a typical meeting that includes only a teacher and parents, our conferences also include the student, allowing the child to have a voice in their own education. This partnership between Old Trail and parents is part of our holistic view of child development.

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  • Technology

    Middle School classrooms are equipped with projectors and document cameras. Each student has a Lenovo touchscreen laptop as part of our 1:1 program. iPads are also available to students for specific projects. Their computers make possible the integration of educational technologies that enhance, enrich and facilitate the learning process. 

    Through our Digital Citizenship Curriculum, students learn how to be responsible and respectful digital citizens. Students have access to our makerspace with 3D printers, 3D design software, LEGO sets and robots.

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  • Grade 6 Curriculum

    • Experience art, history and culture during a week-long class trip to Chicago.
    • Collaborate, design and present during a week-long, on-site and interdisciplinary unit exploring Perspectives: Life at Stan Hywet.
    • Increase exposure and understanding of World Languages with the choice of either Latin or Spanish.
    • Improve critical thinking and creative problem-solving strategies in a math sequence customized to student abilities.
    • Develop advanced skills as musicians by participating in band, string orchestra or chorus.
    • Pursue enhanced learning opportunities in visual arts, technology, music, library and media, service learning, physical education and swim.  
    • Explore history, science, and world cultures through hands-on edible education cooking lessons.  Students learn about early agriculture and the history of bread, the importance of biodiversity, and the contributions of Spanish and Roman cultures.

    English
    Students learn, develop and apply key skills in writing and composition, vocabulary, grammar, speaking and listening. Through challenging coursework, students are prepared to become efficient readers and effective communicators. Students use context clues and root words to discern meaning of complex, unfamiliar vocabulary. Students write research reports and other expository forms, personal narratives, creative prose and poetry, all while focusing on content, structure, examples and evidence, style and tone. They apply lessons in grammar, proofreading, revision and editing to correct and enhance their work. With numerous individual presentations and class discussions, students become confident speakers and respectful listeners. Students read a variety of novels, short stories and poems including classics, historical fiction and selections that highlight the middle school experience. These books, as well and corresponding exercises in comprehension, analysis and evaluation, encourage students to become skilled and informed readers.

    Latin
    Students are introduced to Latin through listening to and reading the target language. At this first stage of language acquisition, students learn what it means to have effective interpersonal communication skills by practicing close listening to the language and being an attentive, engaged member of the classroom. As students grow in confidence, they are able to begin speaking and writing in Latin. Regular topics of discussion and writing include the calendar and the weather, describing people or characters in stories, discussing things the students enjoy, and simple, creative stories. Students are also introduced to various cultural topics, such as mythology, the foundation of Rome, ancient Roman housing, and Roman daily life - all through listening to and reading the target language. In the second half the year, students also begin regularly reading Latin novellas to improve their literacy.

    Math
    In middle school, the Old Trail course sequence allows students to be appropriately challenged with curriculum and concepts that coincide with their abilities. After an Algebra test, review of prior testing and teacher assessment, students are placed in either Math 6 or Math 6A. In both courses, students learn new skills essential to the successful completion of Algebra and/or Geometry. Students study proportional relationships, operations with integers and rational numbers, expressions and linear equations, geometric constructions, ratios, percent, proportions, probability and statistics. Both courses prepare students for one of three Algebra courses offered in Grade 7 and for long-term success in math. Students also participate in Edible Education, preparing food and calculating proportions of ingredients.

    Music
    Students participate in either band, strings or choir. In these groups, students study basic technique of their instruments or voices, rhythm and note reading and learn to perform basic music vocabulary. The band, orchestra and choir demonstrate their range of musical learning with two evening performances throughout the year, as well as special venues like Tuesday Community Assemblies or Rubber Ducks baseball games. 
     
    Physical Education
    Students learn about personal health and wellness, nutrition, weight management, fitness and exercise. They learn about the impact healthy eating choices can make on their overall health and performance. In regards to fitness, students learn about maximizing heart rate, stamina, muscular endurance, and muscular strength. In the swim component of our course, students improve strokes, turns and dive techniques and stamina. They utilize these skills by participating in interscholastic meets. In the gym, students acquire and improve individual skills and techniques, and learn the rules and strategy behind various team sports including: soccer, field hockey, flag football, volleyball, basketball, cross country, track and field, lacrosse and tennis.
     
    Science
    Through many interesting hands-on experiments, from testing skull identities to analyzing force using marshmallows and balloons, students use the scientific method to obtain accurate results.  Students study geology, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanos, mineral and geological formations. They learn about motion, force, types of energy and machines. In their study of plants and ecology, students are introduced to the concept of biodiversity and the importance of wetland environments to plants, animals and humans. Through research, field work, experiments, drawings, discussions, debates, and project work, students are able to better understand and appreciate science as it relates to their everyday lives.
     
    Social Studies
    Students begin their study of ancient history by examining geographic concepts and learning how geography impacts where civilizations begin and flourish. They analyze research, artifacts, and the impact of various theories and interpretation on historical information. They use many different tools, including primary and secondary sources to help them connect to the information. Students study indigenous peoples and their culture and how the advancement of society has adapted over time and impacted civilizations. They explore the great ancient civilizations of North America, Latin America, India, Greece, and Rome. They discuss and evaluate the many factors that contribute to the development of these countries including: geography, social interaction, religion, the economic and political environments, and the culture of each civilization. Students discuss the achievements, beliefs and influences of each of these countries on current governments, both in the U.S. and overseas. The 6th Grade also does a week-long project based learning experience with Stan Hywet to examine the impact of Stan Hywet on Akron in the past and today.

    Spanish
    At Old Trail, the World Language classrooms have evolved in response to research on language acquisition and best practice so that every student can find success. Spanish classes are executed with comprehensible input in mind – the idea that language-learners must be provided with spoken and written messages in the target language that are easily understood. Outdated, grammar-based practices have been replaced with genuine engagement in the target language. The language acquisition program culminates in middle school, where the challenge is increased to meet the students' growing proficiency. In lieu of grammar textbooks, students are exposed to more high-frequency structures and more complex native-like expressions and structures. They engage in natural conversations about topics that are relevant and interest them, such as their daily lives and the world around them. Topics align with the standards set forth by the college board, ACTFL and Ohio Seal of Biliteracy program. Students are able to make connections between their culture and the culture of the languages’ native speakers. They read both classic works as well as contemporary novels that strategically weave high frequency and complex structures that help our students move beyond the typical proficiency levels. When appropriate, they write their own narratives. Students are consistently in contact with language that is meaningful, comprehensible, and authentic and develop a native-like sense of when something “sounds” right.
     
    Visual Arts
    Students explore a variety of media as they continue to build their skills in drawing, painting, graphics, calligraphy and sculpture. Theory is introduced to further elaborate upon ideas about color, perspective and design. Teachers discuss artists, artwork and provide technique demonstrations to develop the four strands of art education: art appreciation, art history, art production and art criticism, as well as problem-solving and critical thinking.

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  • Grade 7 Curriculum

    • Experience outdoor and environmental learning during a week-long class trip to The Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont.
    • Compute, solve and interpret challenging math equations by completing one of three ability-based preparatory Algebra courses.
    • Lead discussions and enhance speaking and listening skills through participation in class presentations as well as student-generated groups and leadership councils.
    • Compete as a team member in a variety of interscholastic team sports.
    • Identify, study and analyze the similarities and differences of world religions and cultures.
    • Pursue enhanced learning opportunities in Spanish, Latin, visual arts, technology, music, library and media, service learning, physical education and swim.
    • Engage in edible education cooking lessons to personalize poems, witness chemistry in action while fermenting vegetables, enjoy classic Spanish and Roman foods, and understand the blending of cultures along the ancient Silk Road.

    English
    Students read fiction, a memoir, coming of age and fantasy novels, as well as poems, plays and pleasure reading selections of their choice. They lead discussions in literature circles and act out sections of stories as participants in Reader’s Theater. Students learn proper speaking and presentation techniques, incorporating form, content, voice and body language. They also practice becoming effective listeners, from taking useful notes to evaluating key messages. Students continue to develop their writing skills by reinforcing grammar, learning to work within the proper formats, and proofreading and editing their own work and the work of other students. Students continue to improve their communication skills through individual presentations, class discussions and writing assignments.
     
    Latin
    Latin students continue their practices of listening, reading, speaking, and writing in the target language. Early on in the year, students are introduced to the idea of “cognitive academic language proficiency”, or acquiring vocabulary and knowledge about more specific cultural topics. Some of these topics include mythology, ancient Roman architecture and city planning, food and meals, entertainment, and the destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum by the great eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Students are also introduced to the grammatical structure of Latin in the 7th grade year.
     
    Math
    Students will be placed in one of three ability-based Algebra courses, Algebra A1, Algebra A, or Algebra. Algebra A and A1 are both beginning Algebra courses and Algebra is a high school level Algebra course.  In all three courses, students will estimate, compute, solve and interpret challenging problems using paper and pencil, calculator and mental methods. In Algebra A and A1, students reinforce their skills with rational numbers, ratios, proportions and percent. Utilizing applications in Geometry, students use formulas to find perimeter, area, surface area and volume of two- and three-dimensional objects. In Algebra, students will expand their knowledge and proficiency in solving problems involving real numbers, scientific notation, square roots and exponents. They study linear and quadratic equations in graphic, symbolic and tabular formats, then graph, model and solve problems. Students also study some applications of geometry, probability, and statistics. As with all Middle School Math courses, emphasis is placed on complete understanding of each mathematical concept. With various course options, students can work at an appropriate pace as they become well-prepared, confident learners. 
     
    Performing Arts
    Students continue their performing arts education by electing chorus, orchestra, band, handchimes, world drumming, or stage acting. Each allows students to advance their understanding of artistic concepts, improve their talents, and gain an appreciation for various composers and musical styles.  Student skills are assessed with written, and playing or vocal tests throughout the course. All students are challenged with learning and playing unique pieces across many genres. Students work individually and in groups to develop their performance techniques.  Students in all three music courses prepare for concert performances once per semester. They are also given the option to participate in the Ohio Music Educators’ Association solo and ensemble adjudicated event.
     
    Physical Education
    Regardless of skill or prior experience, students have many opportunities to participate in team sports, interscholastic competition. During all seasons, students practice during class time, with matches or games taking place after school.  Team sports for both boys and girls include tennis, cross country, lacrosse competitive swim, basketball, and track and field. Girls can also play field hockey and boys can play soccer. Students also have the option to participate in instructional activities including: fencing, table tennis, yoga, outdoor games, and guard start which is a course that includes water safety and an introduction to life-guarding. Whichever sports or activities they choose, students will learn skills and strategies of the games as well as respect and good sportsmanship both on and off the field.
     
    Science
    Students continue to apply the scientific method as they conduct observational studies and evaluate validity of scientific articles. With a focus on water quality, students collect, test, analyze and report on findings in an off-campus pond study. They also evaluate environmental problems and solutions, with lessons on biodiversity, sustainability and conservation. Students investigate cells, cell process, characteristics of organisms and the roles and characteristics of bacteria and viruses. Students also complete units on body systems and heredity and genetics. Students also have the opportunity to research and debate a genetic topic such as GMOs or cloning. Through engaging, hands-on coursework, students strengthen their ability to think critically from a scientific perspective.
     
    Social Studies
    Students explore the themes of Geography and analyze the interactions between people and their environments. They study, evaluate and reflect on the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, the Early Byzantine Empire, the Legacy of Rome, The Golden Age in the East and West, West African Empires, the Middle Ages in Europe, and the European Renaissance. Students also learn about, then compare and contrast the belief systems of world religions including Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Students evaluate the life and teaching of leaders, analyze cycles in an empire, and identify conflict.  They also study the influences and accomplishments of various cultures in art, philosophy, language, architecture, engineering, law and government on later societies, including their world today.

    Spanish
    At Old Trail, the World Language classrooms have evolved in response to research on language acquisition and best practice so that every student can find success. Spanish classes are executed with comprehensible input in mind – the idea that language-learners must be provided with spoken and written messages in the target language that are easily understood. Outdated, grammar-based practices have been replaced with genuine engagement in the target language. The language acquisition program culminates in middle school, where the challenge is increased to meet the students' growing proficiency. In lieu of grammar textbooks, students are exposed to more high-frequency structures and more complex native-like expressions and structures. They engage in natural conversations about topics that are relevant and interest them, such as their daily lives and the world around them. Topics align with the standards set forth by the college board, ACTFL and Ohio Seal of Biliteracy program. Students are able to make connections between their culture and the culture of the languages’ native speakers. They read both classic works as well as contemporary novels that strategically weave high frequency and complex structures that help our students move beyond the typical proficiency levels. When appropriate, they write their own narratives. Students are consistently in contact with language that is meaningful, comprehensible, and authentic and develop a native-like sense of when something “sounds” right.

    Visual Arts
    Students focus on further development of art skills, skillful use of materials, art vocabulary, creativity and concepts of design. Two-dimensional lessons may include: painting, collage, drawing, digital art and printmaking. Three-dimensional projects may include: ceramic experiences, abstract sculptures, bookmaking and geometric forms constructions. Art history, art appreciation and art criticism are integrated into the lessons as a framework of the curriculum.

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  • Grade 8 Curriculum

    • Experience and explore U.S. History during a week-long class trip to Washington, D.C.
    • Gain leadership skills as an officer in student council, Admission Office Student Ambassador, participant in Trail to Service, and as a returning member in a variety of interscholastic team sports.
    • Observe, investigate, collaborate, analyze and discuss challenging scientific concepts through extensive hands-on lab experimentation.
    • Cultivate interests through participation in a wide range of elective courses including: robotics, acting improvisation, world drumming, creative writing, farmhands, pottery on the wheel.
    • Progress as a written and oral communicator with the many opportunities to research, evaluate write and present on various topics throughout all coursework.
    • Pursue enhanced learning opportunities in Spanish, Latin, visual arts, technology, music, library and media, service learning, physical education and swim.
    • Collaborate in edible education cooking lessons to develop kitchen skills while applying science concepts and learning about Spanish and Roman cultures.

    English
    Students gain confidence as communicators.  They continue to expand their vocabulary with new words that help them relate to characters, assess qualities and clearly express ideas and beliefs. Students complete a poetry anthology, reflect on their choices, and learn to thoughtfully evaluate the work of their peers. With class reading assignments, students explore many topics, from heroes and heroines to human nature and society. Students explore classical tragedy with the works of Shakespeare. They also read a variety of short stories including mystery, horror, adventure and fantasy.  Students then complete and present projects that deepen their understanding of these diverse topics. Students continue perfecting their writing, speaking and listening skills and gain the ability to meaningfully discuss and evaluate characters and themes.
     
    Latin
    Latin students engage in a more rigorous study of Latin through acquiring more academic language, while continuing to engage in conversations and readings that are student driven. Some cultural topics covered in the 8th grade year include the ancient Roman military and warfare, literature, religious practices, and important events of the Republic and the Empire. Students also continue their grammatical studies in the 8th grade year. The year is culminated in two projects: the writing of a Latin children’s book and a research project on a topic of the student’s choice.
     
    Math
    Students continue their studies in one of three courses, determined by pre-requisite completion and competency.  Algebra B1 is a continuation of Algebra A1 and establishes a solid foundation on which students can begin Algebra 1 in high school. Algebra B and Geometry are equivalent to high school level Algebra 1 and Geometry courses, respectively. In Algebra B and B1, students will use written and mental methods and calculators to estimate, compute and solve equations involving real numbers, scientific notation, square roots and exponents. They study linear equations in graphic, symbolic and tabular formats, then graph, model and solve problems. Students also study some applications of geometry, probability and statistics. In Algebra B, students extensively study quadratic equations, including application to real life situations. In the Geometry course, students explore and experiment with geometric concepts through a variety of activities and real-world applications, including formal geometric proof. Students utilize a compass, ruler, and computer technology to aid them in communicating and understanding advanced mathematical concepts.

    Performing Arts
    In chorus, orchestra, band, world drumming, handchimes and stage acting, students advance their understanding of performance concepts, improve their talents, and gain an appreciation for various composers and genres . Their skills are assessed with written, and playing or vocal tests throughout the course. All students are challenged with learning and playing unique pieces across many genres. Students work individually and in groups to develop their performance techniques.  Students in all four Performing Arts courses prepare for performances once per semester. They are also given the option to participate in the Ohio Music Educators’ Association Solo and Ensemble Adjudicated Event as soloists and/or as part of an ensemble. Additionally, select band and chorus students have the opportunity to participate in an additional Honors Band and Choir event at The College of Wooster.
     
    Physical Education
    Students in Grade 8 return as experienced athletes and team leaders. They participate in an advanced level of interscholastic competition or choose to participate in elective instruction activities or sports. Students practice during class time, with matches or games taking place after school.  Team sports for both boys and girls include tennis, lacrosse, cross country, swim team, basketball, and track and field. Girls can also play field hockey and boys can play soccer. Instructional activities include: international games, volleyball, fencing, table tennis, yoga, outdoor and water initiatives, biking and instructional basketball.  All students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary in an emergency situation. They become certified in CPR and also demonstrate the use of early defibrillation equipment.
     
    Science
    Through a substantial number of hands-on lab experiments and activities, students interact with and gain a deeper understanding of a wide range of challenging topics. In Grade 8, students work individually and collaboratively to study a range of topics including: matter and the structure of matter; atomic theory; interpretation and use of the Periodic Table; chemical reactions; the history of evolution and natural selection; engineering and design theory. Throughout the course, students complete a variety of interactive studies. They design their own investigation, by organizing, creating, performing and evaluating an experiment from start to finish. They study famous scientists and their discoveries, and construct and exhibit a unique art project that requires students to develop their own unique creature that will thrive in a set environment.  Students conduct labs (using high grade equipment) to study chemicals and their interactions.
     
    Social Studies
    Students learn the intricacies of U.S. History beginning with the founding of Jamestown.  They study life the English Colonies including the effects of religion, leadership and government, slavery, Native Americans, trade and economy. They explore the concepts of independence, liberty and freedom as they cover the American Revolution, the launching of a new government, The Constitution and the Bill of Rights, The Civil War and Reconstruction. Students complete numerous projects that allow them to reflect on the subject matter. Students discuss what it means to be an American as well as a citizen in their school community. They apply their knowledge of political concepts by comparing and contrasting the leadership styles of early and modern day American leaders. Students also complete special coursework in preparation for their class trip to Washington, D.C.

    Spanish
    At Old Trail, the World Language classrooms have evolved in response to research on language acquisition and best practice so that every student can find success. Spanish classes are executed with comprehensible input in mind – the idea that language-learners must be provided with spoken and written messages in the target language that are easily understood. Outdated, grammar-based practices have been replaced with genuine engagement in the target language. The language acquisition program culminates in middle school, where the challenge is increased to meet the students' growing proficiency. In lieu of grammar textbooks, students are exposed to more high-frequency structures and more complex native-like expressions and structures. They engage in natural conversations about topics that are relevant and interest them, such as their daily lives and the world around them. Topics align with the standards set forth by the college board, ACTFL and Ohio Seal of Biliteracy program. Students are able to make connections between their culture and the culture of the languages’ native speakers. They read both classic works as well as contemporary novels that strategically weave high frequency and complex structures that help our students move beyond the typical proficiency levels. When appropriate, they write their own narratives. Students are consistently in contact with language that is meaningful, comprehensible, and authentic and develop a native-like sense of when something “sounds” right.


    Visual Arts
    Benchmarks include:
    Art Making - Through close observation and sustained investigation, students develop individual and global perspectives on art; utilize the principles of art; solve design problems; and explore perspective, scale and point of view.
     
    Developing Art Literacy - Students hone observation skills and discuss works of art; develop visual arts vocabulary to describe art making, the tools and techniques used to produce art, and the elements and principles of design; read and write about art to reinforce literacy skills; interpret artwork by providing evidence to support assertions; and reflect on the process of making art.
     
    Making Connections Through Visual Arts - Students recognize the societal, cultural and historical significance of art; connect the visual arts to other disciplines; and apply the skills and knowledge learned in visual arts to interpreting the world.

Leaders prepared to go farther

Old Trail School is an independent day school (toddler through grade eight) located in the heart of Cuyahoga Valley National Park.