SMCA Programs for 2017-18 Academic Year:
Algebra 1 is an advanced math course that is offered to seventh and eighth grade students. The course is divided into units that allows for students to extend their understanding of linear and exponential relationships by contrasting them with each other & applying linear models to a set of data that exhibits a linear trend. Students will engage in different methods for analyzing, solving, and using quadratic functions. Algebra I students become fluent in solving characteristic problems involving the analytic geometry of lines, such as writing down the equation of a line, given a point and a slope. Students also develop fluency in writing, interpreting, and translating various forms of linear equations and inequalities, while also using them to solve problems. Students will learn function notation and develop the concepts of domain and range. They will also explore systems of equations and inequalities, and then find & interpret their solutions. The course requires students to interpret arithmetic sequences as linear functions and geometric sequences as exponential functions. Students use regression techniques to describe and approximate linear relationships between quantities, solve equations, inequalities, and systems of equations involving quadratic expressions.
Geometry is offered as an advanced math course for our eighth grade students who successfully completed Algebra 1.
In this course, students will study congruence, similarity, proofs, constructions, transformations, trigonometry, and circles. They will explore more complex geometric situations and deepen their explanations of geometric relationships, moving towards formal mathematical arguments. Geometry students establish triangle congruence criteria, based on analyses of rigid motions and formal constructions, prove theorems using a variety of formats and solve problems about triangles, quadrilaterals, and other polygons, and apply reasoning to complete geometric constructions and explain why they work. Students will identify criteria for similarity of triangles, use similarity to solve problems, and apply similarity in right triangles to understand right triangle trigonometry, with particular attention to special right triangles and the Pythagorean theorem. Students will also manipulate two-dimensional and three-dimensional objects in ways that include informal explanations of circumference, area and volume formulas.
Finally, the course requires proving basic theorems about circles.
Biology is an advanced science course that is offered to our eighth grade students. The course is designed for students to study cells, molecular heredity, organisms and their behavior, matter and energy, and living systems. The class will meet every day and requires students to meet for an additional laboratory period once per week. The course includes the use of scientific inquiry, research, measurement, problem solving, laboratory apparatus and technologies, experimental procedures, as well as general lab safety procedures. The course will provide students with opportunities to interact directly with natural phenomena and with data collected by others using tools, materials, data collection techniques, and models.
This course allows for students to develop a growing understanding of the complexity and ambiguity of empirical work, as well as the skills to calibrate and troubleshoot equipment used to make observations.
Middle School Athletics
Six Mile Charter Academy strongly believes in developing the core components of teamwork and community.
Teachers coach students to develop the skillsets necessary to synergize in a group setting while striving for a common goal. Six Mile Charter Academy encourages every day that as a Leader In Me school, everyone should find how to actively practice Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw through practicing a healthy lifestyle. Middle school students in grades sixth through eighth are provided with various opportunities to partake in after school athletic activities which include cross-country, basketball, volleyball, soccer, tennis, track and field, and golf.
Our athletes practice sportsmanship by respectfully engaging in competitive games & events with local middle schools.
The Leader in Me
Six Mile Charter Academy is a Leader in Me school, which utilizes and integrates several leadership, social-emotional learning, quality, and educational models and processes from past and current thought leaders including those of The 4 Imperatives of Great Leaders and The 4 Disciplines of Execution. The Leader In Me program includes student participation in goal setting, data tracking, leadership roles, Student-Led Conferences, leadership environments, and Leadership Events.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is also a key component of the overall Leader in Me program and is a synthesis of universal, timeless principles of personal, interpersonal, and organizational effectiveness such as responsibility, vision, integrity, teamwork, collaboration, and renewal, which are secular in nature and common to all people and cultures.
For more information: The Leader in Me page
Cambridge Advanced Program of Studies
The Cambridge Program is an international, pre-university curriculum and examination system that emphasizes the value of a broad and balanced study for academically able students in grades second through eighth. The Cambridge curriculum aims to encourage the skills of independent research and investigation, the use of initiative and creativity and the application of profound knowledge and skill. An important principle of this examination system is that students are rewarded for positive achievement – what they know, understand, and can do – rather than being penalized for an accumulation of errors. This requires students to demonstrate a high level of literacy and the ability to organize their knowledge and ideas to produce reasoned, written responses.
For more information: Cambridge International Program
STEM is an acronym for “Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.” A lesson or unit in a STEM class is typically based around finding a solution to real-world problems and tends to emphasize project-based learning. Students will use different materials and computer-assisted designs in attempt to conduct experiments, build models, simulate situations, and complete their projects. The experiments and projects model how real-world engineers and scientists try to improve today’s world. Students will be introduced to skills that are necessary for STEM-related careers that include pharmacy, programming, engineering fields, physician assistants, network communications, finance, risk analysis, athletic training, and even teaching!
STEM Team Students have the opportunity to compete against other schools at a chance for state recognition.
Six Mile Charter Academy holds monthly Leadership Academies when each teacher helps to create a curriculum of workshops and experiences designed to cultivate leadership excellence. The workshops help students to enhance their leadership competencies as well as develop their leadership potential. Students choose their own Leadership Academy at the beginning of each school year so they can be interested in learning the new skill sets in diverse areas such as photography, sports, outdoor observation, environmental clean-up, acts of kindness, artistic expression, student mentoring, community outreach, etc.
The hope is that students identify The 8th Habit: Find Your Voice while practicing their other leadership skills.
National Junior and Elementary Honor Society
Six Mile Charter Academy has an active National Junior and Elementary Honor Society, which is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle and elementary level students. NJHS and NEHS serve to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship. To be considered for the honor of membership, applicants must reach the five standards, which include leadership, citizenship, character, service and scholarship. NJHS and NEHS work together to help promote and facilitate a positive school climate rooted in environmentally friendly practices and events, school spirit, and community outreach. An Honor Society Student demonstrates the meaning of a positive role model & active leader in a school community.