Middle School Specialized Programs

Middle School Spanish Immersion

The goal of the Spanish Immersion program in middle school is to expand Spanish speaking, reading, listening, and writing skills and develop a multicultural awareness of Spanish-speaking people around the world.

Fifth-grade students in the Elementary Spanish Immersion program at Sonia Sotomayor continue in the Middle School Spanish Immersion program located at Edison Middle School. Middle school Spanish Immersion students receive classroom instruction in Spanish in three classes every day: Spanish science, Spanish social studies, and Spanish language arts. All other middle school instruction is delivered in English.

Courses and schedules are developed to best meet the educational needs of each child. In addition to the acceleration options noted below, there are options for students who may need additional support in reading or math.


6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade
Spanish Language Arts Spanish Language Arts 1 Spanish Language Arts 2
Spanish Social Studies Spanish Social Studies Spanish Social Studies
Spanish Science Spanish Science Spanish Science OR Biology I (HS Credit) 3
English Language Arts OR
Accelerated English Language Arts 4
English Language Arts OR
Accelerated English Language Arts 4
English Language Arts OR
Accelerated English Language Arts 4
6th Grade Math OR
Accelerated 6th Grade Math 4
7th Grade Math OR
7th Grade Accelerated Math 4
8th Grade Math OR
Algebra I (HS Credit) 4
PE/Health 5 - PE/ICT PE/Health 5 - PE/ICT PE/Health 6 - Encore Class
Chorus/Band/Orchestra/Directed Studies Chorus/Band/Orchestra/Directed Studies Chorus/Band/Orchestra/Directed Studies

1 Students will receive High School Credit for Spanish II beginning with the 2018-2019 school year.

2 Students who achieve at least a 4 on the STAMPs will receive High School Credit for Spanish III beginning with the 2018-2019 school year.

3 Students who have been identified as gifted may take Biology

4 Placement is based on standardized test scores (e.g. MAP, Smarter Balance)

5 Middle School health classes meet every other day for a semester. Middle School students must take two semesters of health over their three years of middle school to meet the high school graduation requirement of 0.5 health credits. If students do not take two semesters of health class in middle school, they will have to take a semester of health in high school.
Students who have been identified as gifted may take a Gifted Encore class for one semester in the place of either ICT (computers) or Health opposite PE. If students take a Gifted Encore class the first semester opposite of PE, then they will take Health opposite PE the second semester.

6 If students have completed their two semesters of Health opposite PE in 6th and 7th grade, they have the option of selecting an Encore class in place of PE, giving them 2 Encore classes in 8th grade. Encore classes include Art, ICT, FACS, CTE, and Humanities.

Middle School Humanities

All eighth grade students enroll in one quarter of humanities. Students learn about life and people through art, social, musical, historical, and cultural perspectives.


Middle School PRO-Time (People Relating to Others)

All sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students participate in PRO-Time everyday. PRO-Time is a structure to ensure that every student in the building is known well by at least one adult. Teachers and small groups of students meet everyday to strengthen relationships between students and a significant adult who will provide support and direction for each student.

  • 15 minutes/day or 60-75 minutes per week
  • Topics
  • Olweus Bully Prevention
  • Study Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Social Skills
  • Mind set skills
  • Goal Setting
  • Creating a sense of belonging/community
  • Community Service

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