Math & Science Department
The Ribét Academy Middle School Math program is designed to review and reinforce previously learned skills as well as introducing new concepts, leading to a very strong foundation in mathematics applications. Students are encouraged to explore the idea that math is a tool used in a variety of curricular areas as well as life.
The individual student has the opportunity to excel in mathematics with various course offerings. Once 6th Grade Math has been mastered, students advance to further challenge in 7th Grade with pre-Algebra. The challenge continues with Algebra I in 8th Grade. We have found that the eighth graders are ready for this level of learning; it also affords them the opportunity to reach the Calculus or Advanced Placement (AP) level in high school.
The Middle School and High School Math Departments work closely together to ensure that students have all the required knowledge to take full advantage of the High School course offerings. Both departments agree that math is a universal language and understanding that language makes life richer and fuller with a greater appreciation of the world around us.
The Middle School Science curriculum at Ribét Academy exposes students to an integrated course geared toward a firm basis of the different fields in science, including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Earth and Space Sciences. Concepts outlined in the different areas of science are distributed through the sixth, seveth, and eighth grades, providing students with a comprehensive introduction of the various scientific fields. As a result, students are exposed to a wide range of knowledge throughout their Middle School careers, providing them with the tools needed to flourish in High School. In addition to the theoretical fundamentals of scientific principles, students gain a deeper understanding through labs and demonstrations that require hands-on involvement.
The curriculum places great emphasis on the Scientific Method, which is reinforced with the Annual Science and Technology Fair, in which each student is guided through an independent experiment. Students are expected to follow the scientific method and produce presentable scientific reports outlining the methods and results of their experiments.