Middle School

NEW MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAM REGISTRATION UPDATES 
Registration is OPEN for students interested in the middle school full day program. These students will have priority in placement in classes. 
 
All new families should submit an application and they will be contacted once the application has been received, prior to placement in the program. 
Classes are held at our Northeast campus in Boca Raton on MONDAYS!   (See scope and sequence and course descriptions below.)

Annual Registration Fee: $100 for all students

Tuition:  $2500 for full day program

($500 per class)

Supply/Lab/Materials  Fee: $200 for full day

Due to the current circumstances in our country, Registration for individual classes will be available this year on April 15.

Individual Classes will be $550 per class with a corresponding supply, lab, or materials fee.  A monitored Study Hall will be available for one period, if that period is between two classes, for an annual fee of $100. ($3.33 week).

The HEED Middle School program (Ages 11-14) is a "BRIDGE" program between our elementary hands on Adventures program and our once a week college prep high school classes. This BRIDGE program offers a full day of instruction and activities in 4 core subject areas as well as an elective.  This can serve as your full middle school curriculum. 

This program will prepare students and families with a solid foundation for entering high school.  Courses include math and English which are taught once a week with classroom instruction and weekly work assigned for home. Science and social science will include enjoyable academic instruction, but also hands-on experiments and experiences, group projects and more. The electives will be creative, fun, helpful, and are meant to further help build skills, friendships and community.

In light of financial situations that some families are facing due to the current crisis in our country, we are opening up our middle school program for families to register for part time or individual classes.

 

Classes meet from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm on Mondays for 30 weeks.  All payments are nonrefundable and nontransferable

 

Middle School Schedule 2020 -2021
All classes are available for students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade unless indicated by an *, which denotes availability for 7th and 8th grade only.
HEED Middle School Course Descriptions
 

Level A Full Curriculum

HEED English A

Mrs. Olivia Calder Read

This Language Adventure is the first step tin  HEED’s middle school language arts program. The course is designed to learn the traditions of a language arts program through teacher-guided, interactive lessons. Each week the class will contain 4 elements:

1. Grammar, Instruction and fun

2. Vocabulary, introduction and review of words

3. Writing Fundamentals

4. Literature Adventure Projects (3 projects)

The grammar curriculum is Shurley Grammar.  The writing curriculum follows Building Writing Skills Level 2, where the instruction introduces the five steps in the writing process and will focus on expository, persuasive, and personal narrative writing. Our Literature Adventures will include the students completing two novel studies one during the fall and one during the spring. One of the required books will be Wonder by R.J. Palacio and the other is Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt, both are incredible books.  They will then complete a hands on project showcasing the theme and what they learned from the book. 

 

Required Curriculum:

Shurley English Homeschooling Kit Level 6: 978-1-58561-028-0

A kit contains everything needed to teach one student for the entire school year. Each kit contains the following items:

  • Teacher's Manual

  • Student Workbook

  • Homeschool Audio CD (Introductory CD)

 

Building Writing Skills Level 2 Workbook by Critical Thinking Co. 2017 ISBN-13: 9781601448880 

 

All Readers: 

"Wonder by R.J. Palacio" and "Fish in a Tree" by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

HEED Math A    Foundations for Pre Algebra (Saxon 7/6)

Mrs. Nichole Salisbury

Course Description: Saxon 7/6 teaches math with a spiral approach, which emphasizes incremental development of new material and continuous review of previously taught concepts. 

Building upon the principles taught in Saxon Math 6/5, this Saxon 7/6 textbook introduces functions and coordinate graphing, integers, exponential expressions, and prime factorization. Students will specifically learn about the order of operations, number lines, decimal place value, how to find the percent of a number, how to round decimal numbers, attributes of geometric solids, and more. Lessons contain a warm-up (with facts practice, mental math, & problem-solving exercises); introduction to the new concept, lesson practice exercises where the new skill is practiced, and mixed practice exercises, which includes 25-30 old and new problems. In-depth "Investigations" are provided every 10 lessons, and have their own set of questions.

Required Curriculum:  

Saxon Math 6/7; Homeschool Packet; Tests & Answers; Solutions Manual.

HEED Science   Florida Science / Florida History

Mrs. Michelle Moody

Course Description: Florida is the southernmost state in the continental United States. It’s the 22nd largest and 3rd most populous state in the nation. Sunny Florida is best known for its theme parks, beaches, alligators, and—of course—its where we live!  This fun interactive class will have students investigating how our great state of Florida came to be, was discovered, settled, grew, and changed through the centuries, including opening treasure chests filled with Florida historical artifacts and surprises. Join us as we learn how Florida impacted the United States as it was forming into our great country.  Students will take a trip into the past as they learn the many struggles and triumphs Florida faced becoming a state.  Students will participate in hands on labs that reinforce each application as they explore Florida’s diverse ecosystems. This Florida history/science class will also include optional family field trips.

HEED Social Science   World Geography

Mrs. Olivia Calder Read

Course Description: In our World Geography class we will explore all 7 continents and the unique cultures that live there. Through fun interactive activities students will gain experience with map reading using an atlas, create their own personal "passport" geography notebook, or portfolio, develop critical thinking skills, study cultures and peoples, learn countries and capitals and so much more.  Did we mention ​learning about  and preparing foods from around the world?  This class is a great foundation for a future high school world history class.

(Curriculum will be provided by the instructor))

HEED Elective: Mixed Media Art & Life/Study Skills

Jeannette LehmannMixed Media Art

Elizabeth Wheeler- Life/Study Skills

This elective period will include 10 weeks of art, 6 weeks of life/study skills each semester.

Art:In this class students will learn how to express themselves through art. They will explore the basic principles and elements of art including color theory, value, form, and line. This class will help students observe and understand the beauty of God’s creation through a variety of class projects. Students will also study great works of art from master artists. They will gain an understanding of the techniques and media used by the artists and create their own works of art with that influence as a foundation.

Life and Study Skills: coming soon

LEVEL B Full Curriculum

HEED English B

Mrs. Deb Grant

Course Description: This course is the foundation which prepares students for the rigors of a strong high school writing and literature program. The 32-week course integrates grammar, writing, literature, and vocabulary.

The grammar portion of the course focuses on Analytical Grammar, which provides a systematic approach to learning sentence structure (through diagramming), parts of speech and their functions, usage, and punctuation. The writing portion of the class integrates the highly successful Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) curriculum along with the resources gathered over the instructors' 14 years of teaching middle school writing at a local Christian school. IEW’s writing program focuses on two key aspects of writing: structure and style. This curriculum uniquely meets the needs of a wide range of students, fostering competency, independence, and creativity, all with a concrete system of evaluation to measure achievement. The literature portion of the course is designed to help spark and foster a love of reading by introducing Newbury Award winning novels and short articles of current events through Read Works. 

Curriculum information: 

TBD

Analytical Grammar Set (Student Workbook & Teacher Book) by R. Robin Finley;

Parental Involvement: Parents will need to remain involved by being aware of assignments, due dates, and student progress, as well as providing help for their individual student when needed. Students and parents enrolling in this course must have access to a word processing program and possess basic computer skills.  Families must have access to a working printer for weekly assignments and handouts. ​ 

Prerequisites: Successful completion of HEED Placement test

HEED Math B   Foundations for Pre Algebra (Saxon 8/7)

Mrs. Nichole Salisbury

Course Description: The Foundations for Pre-Algebra course begins with the concrete concepts of arithmetic processes and then builds the beginning framework for the abstract concepts of algebra.  Topics include: various operations with fractions, decimals and percents, order of operations, unit conversions, prime and composite numbers, area, perimeter and positive exponents. Parental Involvement: Students are required to complete assigned daily work entailing a minimum of an hour a day.  Proper completion of homework and tests involves neatly showing all work - not just answers and not leaving blanks.  Parents commit to personally proctor all math tests.  Parents must check homework and tests for proper completion and accuracy (preferably daily but at least weekly).  This involves simply circling any question that has an incorrect or unreadable answer.  Parents do not need to understand the work; they just need to be involved in the process so they will know immediately if their student is having difficulty. Students must then correct the mistakes to prevent repetition of the same error on future assignments.  Students must remain current with the class assignments and maintain a minimum 75% average or risk being dropped from the class unless there are extenuating circumstances. Students must never be in possession of the answer keys for tests!  All work must be the student’s own work, not copied from any answer key or solutions manual or other student. Copying from any source for homework or tests is cheating and grounds for dismissal from HEED. Required Curriculum:  Saxon Math 8/7; 3rd Edition; ISBN-9781591413202, Saxon Math 8/7; Homeschool Packet; Tests & Answers; ISBN-9781591413240 Saxon Math 8/7; Solutions Manual; ISBN-9781591413288.  Prerequisites:  Proficiency as demonstrated on Diagnostic Test. 

Middle School Science: Is a two year rotation. Students will take both parts 1 and 2 in Level B and C.      These classes can be taken in either order.   

HEED Science B/C Part 1   All Things Bright and Beautiful

Creation Days 1-4 (Astronomy, Earth Science, Physics, Botany)

Mrs. Mary Jones

Course Description: We will focus on the sciences that are included in the first four creation days. Our adventure will include an introduction to chemistry, meteorology, oceanography, geology, botany, and astronomy studied in the order in which God created them. This course will be taught from an uncompromising Biblical Worldview including the latest Biblical Scientific Creation Model of Origins which includes a knowledge of fossils, Catastrophic Plate Tectonics Model, the post Flood ice age, dinosaurs, and ancient man. We will glorify the "God of wonder beyond our galaxy" as we worship by studying God's creation.

Required Curriculum:
God's Design for Heaven & Earth: Our Planet Earth by Richard Lawrence, Debbie Lawrence (2009 Edition, ISBN: 9781600921544)
God's Design for Heaven & Earth: Our Universe by Richard Lawrence, Debbie Lawrence (2009 Edition, ISBN: 9781600921537)
God's Design for Heaven & Earth: Our Weather & Water by Richard Lawrence, Debbie Lawrence (2009 Edition, ISBN: 9781600921551)
God's Design for Life: The World of Plants by Richard Lawrence, Debbie Lawrence (2009 Edition, ISBN: 9781600921599)

HEED Science  B/C Part 2    All Creatures Great and Small 

Creation Days 5 & 6 (Biology & Anatomy)

Mrs. Mary Jones 

Course Description: Students will be fascinated with the creatures created on the 5th and 6th days of creation from the smallest microbes to the most gargantuan dinosaurs and whales. The second semester will focus on God's grand finale of creation, mankind. We will explore human anatomy and how we are fearfully and wonderfully made, completing our adventure by looking at health and biblical nutrition.

Required Curriculum:
(Textbooks are sold separately)
Your Body and How it Works by Pat and Barb Ward (ISBN: 9781580371117)


 

Middle School Social Science: Is a two year rotation, students will take both parts 1 and 2 in Level B and C.  These classes can be taken in either order.  

HEED Social Science B/C (2020-2021)  US Civics /Elections & US Geography

Mrs. Giovana Cavarretta

Students who completed Middle School Civics at HEED last year can take this civics class on a high school track and earn 1/2 high school credit of civics and 1/2 credit geography. This will involve additional activities assigned. Additionally some of these students may only want to take the geography.
Civics/Elections: In this class, students will learn all about being citizens of our great country!  Topics will include: what is a citizen, citizen’s rights and responsibilities, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, our Nation’s foundations, our Federal government, the Executive Branch, the Judicial Branch, the Legislative Branch, Elections, Voting, and Patriotic Holidays. As part of our learning, students will participate in engaging, hands-on activities; they will create a Bill, they will participate in a Voting simulation since this is an election year in our country , and in a Courts Simulation.  We will also attend a Mock trial and Tour at the Historical Society of Palm Beach County.  This hands-on learning opportunity combines a shortened tour of the galleries with a first-hand civics lesson that challenges students in advocacy, critical thinking, and working through life problems using inquiry-based learning. This experience is exciting for students as they role-play as trial attorneys, witnesses, clerks, judge and bailiffs, while gaining a better understanding of law, court procedures, and our criminal and civil justice system.  Curriculum

Required Curriculum:

Whatever Happened to Justice? Revised Edition, by Richard J. Maybury, ISBN 0-942617-46-0

US Geography: We will continue studying our great country state by state.  Students will be building their own US Atlas complete with maps, historical facts, geographical facts and more. As we make our away around the US we'll be learning about state histories, state capitols, unique geographical attributes, football teams and of course food!  The class will be taught at a middle school level and include lots of hands on activities and families will be encouraged to take field trips! 

These classes are a great foundation for future civics and American history classes.

Required Curriculum:

States and Capitals History Student Study Guide, Memoria Press  ISBN: 9781615380510 

HEED Social Science B/C  (2021-2022)  Personal Finance / Entrepreneurship

Mrs. Giovana Cavarretta

Junior Achievement Curriculum and Activity

In the Personal Finance and Entrepreneurship Class students will learn the basics of handling personal finances and how financial decisions will impact their lives, as well as, the basics of being an entrepreneur. Topics include: God’s view on money, how to set up a budget, how to shop for a car, what is car insurance, learning about health insurance, the basics of investing, types of taxes, credit cards and managing credit, checking an savings accounts, and more.  Students will also learn about entrepreneurship topics such as, what is an entrepreneur, business ideas, having a business plan and funding a new business.  To wrap up our class, we will participate in the Junior Achievement’s Finance Park program in which students engage in a simulation where they are given a persona and are able to make a virtual budget and shop for the basic needs every adult needs to shop for, putting into practice the skills they have learned.  Students will also complete a Car Purchase Project (choosing a car, finding out insurance and financing information necessary to purchase the car) and an Entrepreneurship Project in which they will have the chance to create their own business idea, craft a pitch for their idea, and present their business plan to the class to convince them to invest in their business!

Curriculum Required: 

JA Finance Park Student Book (provided by teacher), Whatever Happened to Penny Candy 7th. ed. by Richard J. Maybury; ISBN: 0942617649; ISBN-13: 9780942617641.

Curriculum for Entrepreneurship class will be provided by instructor. 

HEED Elective: Mixed Media Art & Life/Study Skills

Jeannette LehmannMixed Media Art

Elizabeth Wheeler- Life/Study Skills

This elective period will include 10 weeks of art, 6 weeks of life/study skills each semester.

Art:In this class students will learn how to express themselves through art. They will explore the basic principles and elements of art including color theory, value, form, and line. This class will help students observe and understand the beauty of God’s creation through a variety of class projects. Students will also study great works of art from master artists. They will gain an understanding of the techniques and media used by the artists and create their own works of art with that influence as a foundation.

Life and Study Skills: coming soon

Level C Full Curriculum

HEED English C

Mrs. Deb Grant

Course Description: This course continues building the foundation which prepares students for the rigors of a strong high school writing and literature program. The 32-week course integrates grammar, writing, literature, and vocabulary. All facets of the program pick up from where the 7th grade course ends. The grammar portion of the course focuses on Analytical Grammar, which provides a systematic approach to learning sentence structure (through diagramming), parts of speech and their functions, usage, and punctuation. The writing portion of the class integrates the highly successful Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) curriculum with the resources gathered from the instructors 14 years of experience as a middle school writing teacher . IEW’s writing program focuses on two key aspects of writing: structure and style. This curriculum uniquely meets the needs of a wide range of students, fostering competency, independence, and creativity, all with a concrete system of evaluation to measure achievement. In addition to the IEW writing program, this course introduces students to specific types of essays: expository, narrative, argument/debate. The literature portion of the course is designed to help spark and foster a love of reading by introducing Newbury Award winning novels and short articles of current events through Read Works. 

Curriculum information:  TBA

Analytical Grammar Set (Student Workbook & Teacher Book) by R. Robin Finley;

Parental Involvement: Parents will need to remain involved by being aware of assignments, due dates, and student progress, as well as providing help for their individual student when needed. Students and parents enrolling in this course must have access to a word processing program and possess basic computer skills.  Families must have access to a working printer for weekly assignments and handouts. ​ 

Prerequisites: Successful completion of HEED placement test or English 7

Students entering English 8 who were not enrolled in English 7 will need to be sure they are ready to begin the second half of the Analytical Grammar book. 

HEED Math C  
Pre Algebra (Saxon 1/2)

Mrs. Nichole Salisbury

Course Description: This Pre-Algebra course blends concrete arithmetic concepts with increasingly abstract algebraic and geometric topics. Topics include: ratios and proportions, signed numbers, scientific notation, roots, negative exponents, variables, volume and patterns for solving various types of word problems. Parental Involvement: Students are required to complete assigned daily work entailing a minimum of an hour a day.  Proper completion of homework and tests involves neatly showing all work - not just answers and not leaving blanks. Parents commit to personally proctor all tests.  Parents must check homework and tests for proper completion and accuracy (preferably daily but at least weekly).  This involves simply circling any question that has an incorrect or unreadable answer.  Parents do not need to understand the work; they just need to be involved in the process so they will know immediately if their student is having difficulty. Students must then correct the mistakes to prevent repetition of the same error on future assignments.  Students must remain current with the class assignments and maintain a minimum 75% average or risk being dropped from the class unless there are extenuating circumstances. Students must never be in possession of the answer keys for tests!  All work must be the student’s own work, not copied from any answer key or solutions manual or other student. Copying from any source for homework or tests is cheating and grounds for dismissal from HEED. 

Required Curriculum:  

Saxon Algebra 1/2; 3rd Edition; ISBN-1565771494 or 156577499X,

Saxon Algebra 1/2; Homeschool Packet; Tests & Answers; ISBN-1591411726, 

Saxon Algebra 1/2; Solutions Manual; ISBN-1565771311. 

Prerequisites: Successful completion of HEED Foundations for Pre Algebra or Diagnostic Test.​

HEED Science B/C  

Mrs. Mary Jones

Creation Days 1-4 (Astronomy, Earth Science, Physics, Botany)

Course Description: We will focus on the sciences that are included in the first four creation days. Our adventure will include an introduction to chemistry, meteorology, oceanography, geology, botany, and astronomy studied in the order in which God created them. This course will be taught from an uncompromising Biblical Worldview including the latest Biblical Scientific Creation Model of Origins which includes a knowledge of fossils, Catastrophic Plate Tectonics Model, the post Flood ice age, dinosaurs, and ancient man. We will glorify the "God of wonder beyond our galaxy" as we worship by studying God's creation.
Required Textbooks: 
(Textbooks are sold separately)
God's Design for Heaven & Earth: Our Planet Earth by Richard Lawrence, Debbie Lawrence (2009 Edition, ISBN: 9781600921544)
God's Design for Heaven & Earth: Our Universe by Richard Lawrence, Debbie Lawrence (2009 Edition, ISBN: 9781600921537)
God's Design for Heaven & Earth: Our Weather & Water by Richard Lawrence, Debbie Lawrence (2009 Edition, ISBN: 9781600921551)
God's Design for Life: The World of Plants by Richard Lawrence, Debbie Lawrence (2009 Edition, ISBN: 9781600921599)

HEED Science  B/C  Part 2   All Creatures Great and Small 

Creation Days 5 & 6 (Biology & Anatomy)

Mrs. Mary Jones

Course Description: Students will be fascinated with the creatures created on the 5th and 6th days of creation from the smallest microbes to the most gargantuan dinosaurs and whales. The second semester will focus on God's grand finale of creation, mankind. We will explore human anatomy and how we are fearfully and wonderfully made, completing our adventure by looking at health and biblical nutrition.

Required Curriculum:
(Textbooks are sold separately)
Your Body and How it Works by Pat and Barb Ward (ISBN: 9781580371117)

 

HEED Social Science B/C (2020-2021)  US Civics & US Geography

Mrs. Giovanna Cavarretta

Students who completed Middle School Civics at HEED last year can take this civics class on a high school track and earn 1/2 high school credit of civics. This will include additional activities assigned.  We also will have an option for a  student to take a study skills class instead of civics again.  
Civics: In this class, students will learn all about being citizens of our great country!  Topics will include: what is a citizen, citizen’s rights and responsibilities, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, our Nation’s foundations, our Federal government, the Executive Branch, the Judicial Branch, the Legislative Branch, Elections, Voting, and Patriotic Holidays.  As part of our learning, students will participate in engaging, hands-on activities; they will create a Bill, they will participate in a Voting simulation, and in a Courts Simulation.  We will also attend a Mock trial and Tour at the Historical Society of Palm Beach County.  This hands-on learning opportunity combines a shortened tour of the galleries with a first-hand civics lesson that challenges students in advocacy, critical thinking, and working through life problems using inquiry-based learning. This experience is exciting for students as they role-play as trial attorneys, witnesses, clerks, judge and bailiffs, while gaining a better understanding of law, court procedures, and our criminal and civil justice system. 

Curriculum Required: 

Whatever Happened to Justice? Revised Edition, by Richard J. Maybury, ISBN 0-942617-46-0

US Geography: We will continue studying our great country state by state.  Students will be building their own US Atlas complete with maps, historical facts, geographical facts and more. As we make our away around the US we'll be learning about state histories, state capitols, unique geographical attributes, football teams and of course food!  The class will be taught at a middle school level and include lots of hands on activities and families will be encouraged to take field trips! 

These classes are a great foundation for future civics and American history classes.

Required Curriculum: States and Capitals History Student Study Guide, Memoria Press  ISBN: 9781615380510 

HEED Social Science B/C  (2021-2022)  Personal Finance / Entrepreneurship

Mrs. Giovanna Cavarretta

Junior Achievement Curriculum and Activity

In the Personal Finance and Entrepreneurship Class students will learn the basics of handling personal finances and how financial decisions will impact their lives, as well as, the basics of being an entrepreneur. Topics include: God’s view on money, how to set up a budget, how to shop for a car, what is car insurance, learning about health insurance, the basics of investing, types of taxes, credit cards and managing credit, checking an savings accounts, and more.  Students will also learn about entrepreneurship topics such as, what is an entrepreneur, business ideas, having a business plan and funding a new business.  To wrap up our class, we will participate in the Junior Achievement’s Finance Park program in which students engage in a simulation where they are given a persona and are able to make a virtual budget and shop for the basic needs every adult needs to shop for, putting into practice the skills they have learned.  Students will also complete a Car Purchase Project (choosing a car, finding out insurance and financing information necessary to purchase the car) and an Entrepreneurship Project in which they will have the chance to create their own business idea, craft a pitch for their idea, and present their business plan to the class to convince them to invest in their business!

Curriculum Required:

JA Finance Park Student Book (provided by teacher)

Whatever Happened to Penny Candy 7th. ed. by Richard J. Maybury; ISBN: 0942617649; ISBN-13: 9780942617641 

Curriculum for Entrepreneurship: This curriculum will be provided by instructor

HEED Elective C​​  Critical Thinking Skills and Brain Games

Mrs. Mary Jones

Course Description: Critical Thinking is one of our students all-time favorite classes!  This is an exciting and entertaining class period of thinking games, activities and even a mystery guest or two. These mind-challenging games will also focus on spatial reasoning and detective strategy.   This curriculum, developed by a HEED teacher ten years ago, has equipped many of our students to think in a whole new way. Teaching critical thinking raises IQ’s and boosts inventiveness, and studies show that kids become better learners when they are forced to explain how they solve problems.  "Critical thinking comprises a number of different skills that help us learn to make decisions. It is the ability to evaluate information to determine whether it is right or wrong.  To think critically about an issue or a problem means to be open-minded and consider alternative ways of looking at solutions.”  Through the use of riddles, puzzles, and hands on group activities students learn to think, analyze, create categories, identify relevant information, reason and construct arguments, test hypotheses, recognize fallacies, and analyze evidence all while having fun. In fact, research suggests that explicit instruction in critical thinking may make kids smarter, more independent, and more creative.   This hands-on learning experience will help students build critical thinking skills in preparation for high school logic while having loads of fun. Students taking the critical thinking class must be in pre-algebra math or higher to handle the math work in this class. Parental Involvement:  There is very little work required at home. Weekly homework worksheets are done online at home, and students are required to practice their mental math skills at home with a parent 5 minutes a day.  Parents are invited to assist in the class any week and to compete against their students at two different class periods during the year to solve mysteries!  This class is so valuable for helping students master high school logic and geometry in later years.

Required Curriculum:  Curriculum is provided to the students.

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