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Enrollment Still Open for 6th, 7th and 8th Grades!

Are you looking for a dynamic educational program for your middle school child? Kona Pacific’s middle school still has openings in our 6th and 8th grade classes. Our Waldorf curriculum is developed to meet the unique needs of West Hawaii middle school students.

Middle school students are experiencing many changes in hormonal, physical and emotional growth. There is a strong focus on social structure. Students’ intellects are emerging, and they are more easily able to think conceptually.

At Kona Pacific, these young adolescents begin to cultivate their powers of observation to make discoveries about their community and their world.

Our middle school faculty team creates an environment where budding intellects are gradually awakened by an awe-inspiring curriculum. Biographies of historic heroes, startling chemistry experiments and midnight observations of the starry heavens are just a few examples of the Waldorf curriculum that cultivates a sense of wonder in our sixth, seventh and eighth graders. Rigorous academic expectations ensure that students are well prepared for high school and beyond.

The middle school students grow and learn together, creating a cohesive learning community that emphasizes acceptance and personal growth.

Our social and academic work combine to create the active, experiential learning opportunities that are a unique feature of the Kona Pacific experience. Festivals, projects and class outings abound throughout the curriculum. Examples include camping trips, class plays, the 6th grade Medieval Games, and the culminating 8th grade class trip. These experiences deepen and magnify the impressions made by the classroom experience.

Middle school mathematics builds upon discoveries made in the earlier grades through rhythmic movement, recitation, and games, to the mental computation of problems in algebra and geometry in the middle school years. Literature and history give a broad overview of cultures throughout the ages, from humanity’s earliest stories and myths, through ancient history, and into modern times by eighth grade. In history and geography, students are given the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills as they explore humanity’s transition to a modern industrial civilization. For a physics class, the students may enter their classroom one day and find it completely darkened in order to study the principles of light. Physiology lessons may integrate the physical sensation of modeling clay into bones, hands, or their own heads.

Our gardening and nutrition classes support these academic blocks by giving practical examples of economic considerations through agriculture and trade, through applications of scientific thinking on crop production and pest control, and through food choices. Middle school students are nearly always hungry, so they respond particularly well to learning about nutrition through cooking and eating!

Following is a summary of the subject matter that our middle school students cover in their studies:

Sixth Grade

  • History – the transition from ancient to modern: the decline of Greece, the rise and fall of Rome, and the effects of these cultures on European civilization up through the Middle Ages
  • World Geography
  • Geology
  • Astronomy
  • Physics: Acoustics, Optics
  • Geometry
  • Mathematics: Percentage and Ratio
  • Handwork: Woodworking
  • English: Reading, Writing, and Grammar
  • Fine Arts: watercolor and acrylic painting, charcoal, colored pencils, conte crayon, collage, mixed media, T-shirt design.
  • Movement, Spacial Dynamics, and Sports

Seventh Grade

  • History – Renaissance and Reformation, the Age of Exploration
  • World Geography: Africa
  • Physics: Mechanics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physiology
  • Geometry
  • Mathematics: Algebra. Negative Numbers, Square and Cube Roots
  • Singing
  • Handwork: Clay Modeling
  • English including creative writing
  • Fine Arts: watercolor and acrylic painting, charcoal, colored pencils, conte crayon, collage, mixed media, T-shirt design.
  • Movement, Spacial Dynamics, and Sports

Eighth Grade

  • History – the Industrial Revolution to the present day
  • Geography as related to World Economics
  • Physics: Acoustics, Thermodynamics, Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, Hydraulics, Aerodynamics, Meteorology
  • Ecology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physiology
  • Geometry: measurement of surfaces and volume
  • Mathematics: practical applications of arithmetic, Algebra, and Geometry, Graphing
  • Singing
  • Handwork:  Hand-Sewing Projects, Woodworking
  • English: the short story, persuasive writing, famous speeches, letters, Shakespearean drama
  • Fine Arts: printmaking, highlights and shadows in portraits and landscapes, watercolor and acrylic painting, charcoal, colored pencils, conte crayon, collage, mixed media, T-shirt design.
  • Movement, Spacial Dynamics, and Sports

Please contact us for more information about enrolling your child in our vibrant middle school program.