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ILM Academy is not currently hiring, however we are always in need of substitute teachers. To apply, please email your resume to us at info@ilmacademy.org. We will contact you should your qualifications meet our needs for a substitute teacher.

We will email you back to confirm we have received your resume for substituting this year or working at ILM Academy next year. We do not do walk-in interviews.

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Middle School

Academics:

Our middle school core academic classes are taught by teachers with certifications and/or expertise in their respective fields. Additionally, they have experience working with middle school age children and therefore understand the emotional and social dynamics of children at that age. The subjects taught are as follows:


6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade
Math 6th Grade Math 7th Grade Math Algebra I
Science Earth Science Life Science Integrated Physics & Chemistry
Social Studies World Geography World History U.S. History
English 6th Grade English 7th Grade English Pre-AP English

Our 8th grade students will be able to transfer Algebra I to high school and may be able to transfer Integrated Physics & Chemistry (IPC) to high school as well. They will also be able to transfer one, if not two, credits of foreign language to high school (due to our Arabic program).

The middle school English curriculum is at a pre-AP level, which prepares them to take AP level English classes in high school. (AP [Advanced Placement] level classes are college-level and may lead to college credit.) In the English curriculum, students complete up to 7-9 novels in a year and are challenged to read novels above their grade level to advance their reading skills. Readings are thoroughly discussed and applied to current events relatable to the students and the lives around them. Sensitive topics are also discussed within an Islamic context to help students make sense of difficult issues. It is a very writing intensive class and does not only focus on expository and persuasive writing, but also creative writing.

The middle school science classes involve hands-on and virtual labs. Our full science laboratory will be completed in the last phase of our second floor construction.

Our non-core academics include Arabic, Quran, and Islamic studies classes taught throughout the week. Students have additional auxiliary classes, which vary according to grade level. Our 6th graders are taught art, computer/programming, PE, and public speaking. Our 7th graders are taught computer/programming, PE, debate, and Capstone. Our 8th graders are taught computer/programming, PE, theater arts, and Capstone.

Capstone Leadership Program:

The Capstone class is ILM Academy's leadership training program. It was launched in the Fall of 2014 with the first 7th grade class at ILM Academy and mirrors a recent addition to AP high school offerings.

The Capstone class begins in 7th grade and continues through the end of 8th grade. In 7th grade, the class meets once a week and in 8th grade, the class meets twice a week.

The 7th grade Capstone curriculum in the Fall semester is focused more on skill building, such as goal setting, time management, project management, oral presentation skills, and so on. In the Spring semester, students build on all of the skills learned in the Fall to identify a problem at the school level and propose feasible solutions to the problem. This is done as a class.

In 8th grade, the Capstone class reviews skills built in 7th grade and how to use those skills to identify a problem at the community level. Following the same process as in 7th grade, students will then create a proposal of feasible solutions to the problem by analyzing logistics, timing, cost, history, etc. These projects are all conducted individually. Eighth grade students must present their final Capstone project as a requirement for graduation from ILM Academy.

Social and Emotional Development in Middle School and Beyond:

One of the goals of middle school teachers is to promote independence among the students by taking ownership of their academics, belongings, and behavior. To do so, we teach our students to be introspective and also to understand the world around them.

Monthly Middle School Seminars are held to discuss topics of importance with the students that may not necessarily be covered in regular class hours. For example, topics covered in the past have included violence/terrorism, self-esteem, and gender relations. Each topic is spoken of in the context of Islam, the response of Muslims to these subjects, how to talk about them, asking students how they feel, what issues face them as students, and how to resolve these issues or at least start on a path to resolution. Parents are informed when these talks take place so they can follow up with these topics at home as well.

Not everything relevant to our middle school students' success in understanding their environments can be done inside the classroom. Therefore, every year, middle school students are taken to different houses of worship to learn about and build respect for varying faiths. In the past, students have been taken to a Synagogue, different Churches, and a Hindu temple.

As ILM Academy does not go further into high school, we do make efforts to make information available to parents on other local private or magnet schools, which their students may be interested in applying to for high school, through advertising existing school open houses or private school fairs. One or more sessions on high school transitioning will also be offered during the course of the year for students and their parents.

We intend to establish an Alumni Program after our middle school students graduate (the first graduating class of which will be in Spring 2016), through which they will be able to reconnect with their peers at ILM Academy and with their past teachers. The program will offer multiple social, intellectual, and spiritual gatherings every year to the alumni of ILM Academy and will provide the opportunity not only to connect socially, but also to reinforce the values taught at ILM Academy.

 

Click here to view the Common Core standards for English Language Arts, which form the core of our elementary curriculum, and include standards for History, Social Studies, Science, and more.

Click here to view the Next Generation Science Standards, which are additionally used for our science curriculum.

Click here to view the Common Core standards for math, which form the core of our elementary math curriculum.


Schedule a middle school tour with us by emailing us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We conduct tours in the mornings between 8:30-11:00 by appointment.

 

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We are still accepting applications for the 2017-2018 academic year through February 2018. Please continue to the Admissions and FAQ pages for more information on how to apply.

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