Building on the foundational skills and learning experiences of the Lower Loop, our Middle Loop team is staffed by experienced middle years educators who are passionate advocates for children as they transition into young adolescents. We understand that the ‘middle years’ is a time of rapid change and growth and that is important for us to help students develop a deeper sense of identity, fuel their confidence to engage, and build the inner confidence to become self-directed learners.​

Students at this age begin to develop strong opinions, personal traits and human qualities which we will support, share and learn about in Community Time. In Learning Labs we will continue to focus on the development of essential academic skills. In Explore Time we provide learning opportunities for students to actively engage with Beyond the Walls experiences. This allows students to authentically and contextually apply their learning which deepens their connection and understanding of the world in which they live. ​

Community Time

Learners share, connect and reflect as a community.

Learning Lab

Learning designed by Learning Designers to target skill development across the curriculum.

Explore

Self-directed learning to pursue personal interests with a purpose, set goals and outcomes.

Beyond the Walls

Making learning immersive through partnerships and connections beyond campus.

MIDDLE LOOP : A general guideline to the learning targets

Math

Grade 5

Introduction to concepts, skills, and problem solving related to:
● Multiplication and division of whole numbers, fractions and decimals

Develop and communicate mathematical thinking

Grade 6

Introduction to concepts, skills, and problem solving related to:
● Ratios and proportional relationships
● Early algebraic expressions and equations

Develop and communicate mathematical thinking

Grade 7

Introduction to concepts, skills, and problem solving related to:
● Ratios and proportional relationships
● Rational numbers

Develop and communicate mathematical thinking

Grade 8

Introduction to concepts, skills, and problem solving related to:
● Linear algebra and linear functions

Develop and communicate mathematical thinking

English Language Arts

Grade 5

Read a range of high-quality text widely and deeply

Build knowledge about subjects through literary and informational sources

Write stories or essays over short and extended timeframes

Grade 6

Make sense of longer, more challenging text

Sharpen ability to write and speak with more clarity and coherence

Expand vocabulary to use new words in their writing

Grade 7

Analyze, define, compare, and evaluate ideas when reading, writing, speaking, and listening

Analyze how themes in fiction and nonfiction develop over the course of text

Use relevant evidence when supporting their own points in writing and speaking

Grade 8

Read major works of fiction and non-fiction that extend across cultures and centuries

Question an author’s or speaker’s assumptions and assess the accuracy of the claims

Report findings from their own research and analysis of sources clearly

Science

Grade 5

Evaluate methods for collecting data
Revise models based on evidence
Analyze data to make sense of phenomena
Develop a deeper understanding of:
● The effects of chemical reactions, forces, and energy
● Interactions of different organisms and the environment
● Interactions of the geosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere 
● How engineering design can be a regular part of problem solving

Grade 6 - Grade 8

Collect evidence and draw conclusions
Understand relationships between objects
Apply critical thinking that leads to designing effective solutions for problems
Develop a deeper understanding of:
● Physical and chemical interactions
● Factors that affect organism survival and reproduction
● Factors that influence the Earth and our solar system
● How to optimize design solutions

Social Studies

Grade 5

Identify causes and effects using examples from current events and historical events

Describe how people in positions of power can influence people’s rights and freedom

Identify rights and responsibilities in various contexts

Participate in activities that focus on an issue

Grade 6 - Grade 8

Distinguish between long-term and immediate causes and effects of an event from current events or history

Identify multiple perspectives on a given historical experience

Describe and compare multiple events in the history 

Participate in activities that focus on an issue

Identify ways that current figures can influence people’s rights and freedom.

WORLD LANGUAGE

This includes additional languages that the students may learn and/or Heritage languages. Heritage language is the language that each student selects as their native language, upon consultation with their family and VERSO’s Learning Designers. The Heritage Language learning progressions will be modeled after the English Language Arts based on the student’s language proficiency level and not on their grade level. Students who hold Thai passport must study Thai language as part of the Thai Ministry of Education requirements.

Novice

Understands the general topic and some basic information from familiar and everyday contexts by recognizing practiced or memorized words, phrases and simple sentences.

Communicates information on very familiar topics using a variety of words, phrases and sentences that have been practiced and memorized.

Intermediate

Understands main ideas and some details on familiar topics from sentences and groups of sentences.

Communicates information and expresses own thought about familiar topics using sentences.

Handles short social interactions in everyday situations by asking and answering a variety of questions.

Advanced

Understands main ideas and supporting details on a wide variety of familiar and general interest topics from complex, organized texts.

Expresses self with detail and organization on familiar topics and concrete social and academic topics.

Confidently handles situations with unexpected complications.

Superior

Interprets and infers meaning from complex, academic and professional texts on a range of unfamiliar, abstract and specialized issues.

Participate fully and effectively in spontaneous spoken and written discussions and debates on topics ranging from broad general topics to areas of specialized expertise.

Distinguished

Interprets and infers meaning from dense and sophisticated texts on a wide range of global issues and abstract concepts.

Interacts, negotiates and debates on a wide range of global issues and abstract concepts, adapting to the cultural context of the conversation.

EXPLORE WHAT WE LEARN IN EACH LOOP