At Saint Demetrios Preparatory School, we believe that preparation for College and for lifelong success begins in middle school.
The Middle School of Saint Demetrios acts as a bridge between the Elementary School and the High School. Middle School years are a prime time for cognitive learning and personal growth. As a result, our school offers guidance and support for every student in order to help make their transition as comfortable as possible.
Our Middle school program is based not only on fundamentals but focuses on developing critical thinking skills, oral and written communication skills and analytical thinking. The program is based on rigor, intensity, and focus. We consider it our responsibility to prepare our students/your child for college and for life and this begins in the sixth grade.
Saint Demetrios sets high standards for personal responsibility and places an emphasis on intellectual curiosity, integrity, and respect for others. Across academic disciplines, Saint Demetrios Prep exists to provide an educational program of the highest standard that empowers all students to achieve personal and academic excellence while developing their full potential as responsible, productive citizens.
We provide a structured style of learning along with a variety of interactive, hands-on approaches. Our curriculum also places a focus on our Greek language, culture and Hellenic Orthodox faith. Students are offered electives such as art, music, computers and physical education, as well.
Every member of our staff collaboratively and actively works together in order to create a successful educational work environment. They are determined to provide an enriched education for the “whole student”. Our students are extremely prepared as a result of a stimulating and rigorous academic curriculum, an exceptional faculty and small class size. Our students also participate in a variety of extracurricular activities that extend beyond their well-rounded classroom programs. These activities help our students learn important social, leadership and life skills necessary for the 21st Century.
At Saint Demetrios Middle School, we want every child who attends our school to know that he or she is part of a family. Although we stress the importance of higher learning, we also realize that our success will also be measured by each student’s individual contribution to society. Students leave Saint Demetrios Middle School demonstrating a mastery of the curriculum, and at the same time are also motivated with the desire to continue to learn and grow so that they can make a difference in the world.
The Middle School English program promotes a sequential study of literature, composition, critical thinking, and speech which is designed for the middle school student. The teaching of these components is integrated and crosses the curriculum.
The objectives of the Literature Program are to instill a love of reading, to develop vocabulary, comprehension and analytical skills, and to expose students to a wide variety of good literature. The Intensive Reading Unit fosters a love of reading through students exploring thematic connections among a number of high interest works selected from a range of reading levels. Independent Reading Assignments and use of the library support this objective throughout the year. Class study of major literary works provides guided practice in analysis through discussion and writing. Some titles include The Pearl, Johnny Tremain, Of Mice and Men, and Romeo and Juliet. The study of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction complements our program.
The Writing Program offers students a variety of writing experiences growing out of the study of literature: letter writing, creative writing, analytical writing, and journal writing. As students move through the grades, greater emphasis on expository writing prepares them for the High School. The department makes full use of the schools computer and library resources in the writing process. The teaching of grammar and its application to the mechanics of writing is sequentially organized. Concepts taught in sixth and seventh grade are reinforced in eighth grade. Instruction on spelling, sentence structure, punctuation, and parts of speech increase editing and revising skills.
*All students in Grades 6-8 will take the N.Y. State English assessment in the spring.
The Middle School Mathematics Program instructs students according to the New York State Mathematics Standards. Teachers work collaboratively to develop lessons and assessments and to prepare for the NYS Math Assessments that take place in the spring in grades 6, 7 and 8.
Middle School math topics include number sense and operations, algebra, statistics and probability, measurement, and geometry.
The 6th grade course is our introductory middle school mathematics course, providing a continuous development of the skills, concepts and strategies developed in elementary school. There is an emphasis placed on developing students’ problem solving strategies and selected topics of the middle level sequence are taught to a mastery level. The sixth grade areas of study include, number and operations, measurement, algebra, geometry, probability and statistics.
In addition to grade level math, Accelerated Math and Math Skills are offered for both grades 7 and 8. Grade 8 Accelerated Math students take the Regents exam at the end of the year and receive high school credit for successful completion of the course. Math Skills is taught in conjunction with classroom teachers on areas of math weakness. Students work on fundamental math skills and receive extra support for grade level topics.
*All students in Grades 6-8 will take the N.Y. State mathematics assessment in the spring.
Physical education is a vital component for the development of a student’s physical, mental and social well-being. Students, through planned activities, will have the opportunity for physical development in the areas of strength, flexibility, coordination, endurance, balance, agility, range of motion, and power. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of team and individual sports, which include skills, rules, and game strategy. This diverse program will allow students the opportunity to develop individual skills and be introduced to new, enjoyable experiences for life-long physical fitness and well-being. Classes will stress the importance of student participation and sportsmanship while learning and performing various skills.
In the Middle School science curriculum, students learn to apply scientific concepts, principles and theories to understand the physical world and the living environment. Learning is achieved through investigations, which are enriched by appropriate use of technology as well as traditional laboratory apparatus. Students are challenged to think critically, use judgments, search for new answers, and creatively apply newly acquired knowledge to various related situations. Students are encouraged to make connections between classroom experiences and other academic disciplines, as well as to the world around them. Progressing from sixth to eighth grade, students become more independent and sophisticated in conducting their investigations, developing an understanding of what constitutes a good experiment.
In addition to specific units of study, students at every grade level have experiences with scientific skills and processes. Students are exposed to the nature of science through units in the scientific method, measurement, and safe and appropriate lab practices. This course of study, which is aligned with New York State learning standards for science, prepares students to explain, accurately and in appropriate depth, the most important ideas about our physical setting and our living environment.
Grade 6 Science is a transitional course between the elementary and middle level science program. The course continues to develop the skills and concepts established in our Elementary Science K-5 program. Science 6 is the second step in the spiraled approach toward the development of skills and cognitive understandings for grades five through eight. The program, containing elements of Earth, Life and Physical Science delves into the fundamental aspects of these sciences while establishing additional skills needed for success in middle level science study. Students develop skill in performing and evaluating basic experiments while following the steps of the scientific method, as well as gaining proficiency in the use of scientific tools such as the microscope and the balance. Students will study such diverse topics as meteorology, climatology, genetics, and living systems and gain an understanding of the effects of gravitational forces on objects and learn the basic concepts of simple machines.
Grade 7 Science continues the investigation into science topics introduced during science programs in grades five and six. Foundation skills are reinforced as students begin the transition to a full laboratory program while the content and skills of physical, life and Earth science are further developed. Students gain additional knowledge in basic chemistry, mineralogy, as well as an increased understanding of the animal and plant sciences. The course strongly supports the New York State Standards.
Grade 8 Science curriculum completes the integrated science experience for students in the middle school. Foundations skills and laboratory techniques are refined as students are prepared for the rigorous Regents requirements of the high school. The basic content areas of life, physical and especially Earth science are part of the curriculum plan which prepares students for success on the NYS Intermediate Level Science Assessment which consists of both written and lab performance components.
The Middle School Social Studies program is designed to help students develop a better understanding of both the past and the world in which they live today. History is the story of human experiences which includes social, economic, and political developments and interactions. It provides opportunities that promote critical and creative thinking as well as the ability to solve authentic, complex, cross-disciplinary problems. Students develop the intellectual, technological, and advocacy skills needed to excel in society so that they may become effective citizens in an interdependent world. Equipped with these skills and a solid base of knowledge that comes with a careful examination of the values and decisions made by those who came before us, we believe that students will be prepared to deal with the critical issues of their time./p>
The sixth grade curriculum focuses on geography, the development and achievements of prehistoric people, early civilization, classical civilization and the European Middle Ages. The seventh grade curriculum begins with the study of our global heritage prior to 1500, and traces the emerging American culture topically from Colonization to Reconstruction. In eighth grade, students examine the transformation of the nation to a world power in the 20th century, as well as the impact of technology.
Social Studies Learning Outcomes
- analyze primary and secondary sources
- synthesize research and content into an extended writing piece which makes meaning, conveys a message, or persuades an audience
- use technology to demonstrate content knowledge
- communicate information orally
- demonstrate effective study and test-taking skills
- develop research strategies and note-taking skills
- persevere when faced with a challenge/li>
- display empathy and participate in a service learning project
Grade 6 – Emphasizes the interdependence of all people, primarily in the Eastern Hemisphere. It provides students with a basic understanding of the economic, political, and social developments of the Eastern Hemisphere from Early Man to the Age of Exploration. Among the civilizations and time periods highlighted are: Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, traditional China, and the Middle Ages. Students will also learn historical thinking skills, including how to analyze historical primary sources appropriate for this course.
Grade 7– This first year of a two-year study of American History provides students with an understanding of the economic, political and social events and movements from pre-Columbian times through the Civil War and Reconstruction periods in US History. While emphasizing the development of the United States and tracing its early history, parallel trends and time frames in New York State history are also considered.
Grade 8– This second year of a two-year study of American History provides students with an in-depth understanding of the economic, political and social events and movements of the United States from Industrialization to the present. While emphasizing the development of the United States and in these time periods, parallel trends and time frames in New York State history are also included.
The Department of Fine & Performing Arts at Saint Demetrios Prep strives to educate, create, and inspire young artists to be passionate actors, singers, musicians, visual and graphic artists.
Through a wide variety of educational courses and extracurricular activities, Saint Demetrios Prep provides students interested in the arts with a rigorous and exciting educational experience. Theatrical productions, concerts, art shows, workshops and field trips are just some of the many avenues of instruction that the department offers to its prospective students.
Grade 6-8 Art
Utilizing the NYSED Art curriculum includes not only art production, but also teaching art history, art aesthetics, and art criticism. Projects include two and three-dimensional design with various media.
Art is a required subject for all sixth grade students. It is an extension of the elementary art experience. Students are introduced to projects that reinforce an understanding of the elements of art as they relate to composition. Projects are designed to allow for individual student creativity within designated objectives aimed at student understanding of the visual arts creative process. Artists and art history are included in specific projects to reinforce student comprehension of the role of art in history.
Art is a required subject for seventh grade students. The early secondary program continues to provide an opportunity for the exploration of materials and development of self-expression through a variety of art experiences. In Art 7, students learn how various art activities were developed as part of society. Students are given an opportunity to explore computer graphics and/or multimedia projects. Artists and art history are included in specific projects to reinforce student comprehension of the role of art in history.
Art for eighth grade students. This course will further develop concepts and skills covered in seventh grade. The eighth grade program similarly emphasizes an overview of subject areas, tools and materials, with additional emphasis on individual development and creativity. Students learn to communicate thoughts, develop ideas, and express feelings. Students also learn how to analyze and evaluate their own work and the work of their classmates through class discussion. They will develop pride in their work, and the works of others, as they learn techniques for displaying it. The students are given the opportunity to explore computer graphics and/or multimedia projects. Artists and art history are included in specific projects to reinforce student comprehension of the role of art in history.
Studio in Art is a foundation level art class offered to all high school students, as well as eighth grade advanced students who qualify for the course. Students successfully completing this foundation level art class receive one high school credit, which satisfies the art/music graduation requirement. As an overview of the field of art, it embodies drawing and painting in various media, sculpture, three-dimensional design and computer graphics. Studio in Art is recommended for students who intend to pursue a sequence in the fine arts.
Lecture course designed to introduce students to the elements and history of music. Exploring the music of the past, present and future, students will relate commercial music to classical music and appreciate the musical culture of different places and times. Videos, audio and live concert performances will enhance the musical experience.
This course will provide students with a solid foundation in different dance techniques. Students will also study the origins and development of these dance styles along with learning to recognize various choreographers and praised performers. This course is designed to teach students to express themselves emotionally and creatively as they explore the dance elements of body, space, time and energy.
Saint Demetrios Preparatory believes that language is the basis of human relationship and communication. Multi-lingualism is essential in an ever-changing, global society, and it opens the door to opportunities. Proficiency in a foreign language demands the ability to communicate purposefully, while appreciating contemporary and classical cultures in an intercultural population.Students will be enabled to communicate with native speakers of that language and to understand other cultures better.
This course will survey the history of ancient Greece from the Minoan civilization in the second millennium BC to the end of the Classical Period in the 4th century BC. We will investigate the major political, intellectual, economic and social factors that contributed to the nature and development of Greek history. We will pay particular attention to the Golden Age of Athens in the 5th century BC and its relations with the Persian Empire, Sparta and the other Greek city-states. Also, we will look at the many political and cultural institutions that combined to make this age unique. Finally, the course will close with the Greek’s efforts to cope with the rising power of Macedon.
This course will survey the major achievements of ancient Greek civilization. Arranged on a roughly chronological basis, the readings and lectures will move from the epic poetry of Greece’s heroic Bronze Age, through the great intellectual innovations of the Archaic Age, to the Classical era dominated by the contrasting contributions of Sparta and Athens.
The STEM curriculum provides students with not only a thorough knowledge of basic computer applications, but also advanced skills which they will utilize in college and beyond. Computers have become a major part of American society today. In the 21st century, computers are prominent tools in a wide variety of areas such as research, education, banking, government, and news. It is our goal to acquaint students with the history of technology, basic and advanced computer applications, and the importance of computers in today’s society.
Computer Programming I
Prerequisites: Algebra 1
This course introduces the JAVA language, which has become the standard for the World Wide Web. Students will be introduced to the syntax of the language through pre-written programs. Students will be asked to edit as well as debug programs. Students will learn how to write programs using JAVA through the use of variables, data types, loops, arrays and vectors, applets, multithreading and animation and graphical user interfaces. Hands-on programming will be strongly emphasized throughout the course.
Programming with Python
This year-long course is an introduction to structured programming using the computer language Python. Students will learn the steps to program development and testing, The students will be introduced to Object Oriented Programming (OOP), will create algorithms to solve problems; will create programs that solve sequential problems, branching problems and repetitive (looping) problems; will create programs that accept data and produce output, all using the programming language Python.
Computer Applications and Keyboarding
In this course, students learn how to use Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and to create, analyze, edit, share and publish information for a variety of audiences and purposes. Through step-by-step tutorials and a project-based approach to learning, students become familiar with the key concepts and basic skills of today’s information technology sector. Students will also learn touch typing as a skill for use in all future endeavors.
Foundations of Web Design
This class focuses on Web page planning, basic design, layout and construction, and setup and maintenance of a Website. HTML/XHTML, Cascading Style Sheets, Dreamweaver, Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator, MySQL and various other Web page and image creation tools are taught in the course. The course may be taught on Macs or PCs, but all skills are transferable from one format to another.
3D Game Programming
The purpose of this course is to introduce the basic concepts of computer programming and problem-solving in the context of computer game program construction. The concepts and strategies used are not limited to game programming, but are also applicable to other application context. Learning ActionScript 3.0 will lay a foundation for students to learn other programming languages in the future.
Financial Management and Applications
This course will allow students to understand how to create a realistic budget, prioritize financial responsibilities, and make sound future financial decisions by using office applications and tools to analyze
Saint John’s University Computer Science Course
(CSC) 1000 Introduction to Computing for the Liberal Arts Computers for the non-specialist with an emphasis on microcomputers. Hardware and software principles; elementary programming in a current language; computer applications involving word processing, spreadsheets, database; personal and social impact of computers.
Prerequisites: SAT Math Score over 500
Saint Demetrios Prep is a school committed to nurturing the traditions of our Christian faith throughout our entire school system. Education for us is more than learning the necessary academic subjects. It is about cultivating the individual as a whole. Incorporating our faith in our education has been an intrinsic part of St. Demetrios school since it’s inception.
Religion class is offered to all our students and is taught by our clergy throughout the entire school system. At least once a month throughout the academic year, the school day begins with Divine Liturgy in our church. This strengthens the foundation of our community among our St. Demetrios family.