Leadership & Accountability

During this critical period of change for a young adolescent, our middle-school students benefit from a stable and familiar environment that focus on respect, teamwork and personal accountability.

The Foundations of a Leader!

As the senior students in our academic building, we provide special responsibilities of mentoring the younger children which allows them to act as role models and develop important social skills. That is why bullying is not part of our school culture. 

Academic Excellence

2017 New York State E.L.A. Test Results were 17% above State Public School Averages 

Middle School ELA Basic Curriculum and Focus:

  • Reading Comprehension 
  • Organizational Writing Skills
  • Conventions of Writing, Grammar, Spelling and Vocabulary 
  • Focus on Non-Fiction
    • Author Background
    • Intent
    • Historical Significance
    • Critical Review
  • Real World Responsibility, Ownership, Consequences, Tolerance and Spirituality 

Example Course Study:

6th Grade Units: Literary Elements of Literature 

  • "Flowers for Algernon"
  • Drama
  • Poetry

7th Grade Units: The Diary of Anne Frank

  • Mystery Writing and Short Stories
  • The Giver
  • The Westing Game
  • Personal Narratives
  • Poetry

8th Grade Units: Expository Writing 

  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Poetry
  • MLA Research Paper
  • Shakespeare

CLIQUE HERE for the example activities in SMSA's Middle School ELA aligned

with the NYS Next Generation English Language Arts Learning Standards

(Formerly NYS Common Core Curriculum Standards)