Grade 6 Curriculum Grade 7 Curriculum Grade 8 Curriculum Middle School Electives Apply Now

Grade 6 at Riverstone

A Heroic Journey: Beginning with a week in Yellowstone Park, students become heroes in a real-life story as they read and create narratives while engaging in heroic quests, uncovering the secrets of science, math, the environment, and themselves.

Solving Real Problems: Students are introduced to the design cycle allowing them to solve real-life problems using digital and analog tools. They have the opportunity to design and prototype in our 3D printing lab and build in our Maker Space.

Understanding Our Community: The spring concludes with a week-long camping trip during which students discover the forces that have shaped the history and geography of southwestern Idaho.

Experiencing the World: Students immerse themselves in the cultures of India, Mexico, China, and Europe through music, art, and language fostering a deeper connection to the many cultures of our world.

Grade 7 at Riverstone

Being a Maker: Students utilize Newton’s laws and  principles of materials science to create a chariot, continuously improving its safety and performance through scientific data collection and analysis  

Growing Ourselves and Others: Fall and spring cycling adventures help students develop essential skills for leadership, collaboration, and thriving in the outdoors while understanding their limitations and staying safe.

21st Century Communication: Students design and build informative and interactive museum exhibits. Conduct thorough research create compelling arguments supported by evidence and even delve into the art and language of CSS coding.

Understanding Change: Exploring how individuals and societies can come to terms with dark moments like genocides and refugee crises, students develop strategies for positive change.

Grade 8 at Riverstone

Making Change: Students take action by using their scientific knowledge and strong writing skills to influence agricultural and environmental legislation. They also apply math and historical understanding to address today’s environmental challenges. 

Authentic Decision-Making: Through practical applications of linear equations, parliamentary debates, and mock trials students learn effective group decision-making skills while analyzing personal and corporate outcomes.

Traveling Far and Well: Starting with the summer trip to Washington DC, students learn independence, teamwork, and resilience through once-in-a-lifetime experiences including 5 days rafting the wild Salmon River and 5 days backpacking the world-renowned Hell’s Canyon.

Preparing for the Future: With high school right around the corner, the MYP at Riverstone provides a comprehensive middle school education that sets the stage for internationally competitive high school education.

 Middle School Electives

Makerspace: Build your skills, be a maker! Powertools, textiles and entirely hands on learning in how to make and build incredible cool things.

Ologies: Do penguins have flippers or wings? What’s up with pebble gifts? Are you curious about “penguinology”?  Perhaps you have asked yourself, “Why does my voice sound this way?” Maybe you’re more interested in “larynology”. Or maybe you have questions about wolves and you want to explore “lupinology”! Perhaps you have more big questions related to climate change and the forest fires in the PNW. If any of these topics sound interesting, you’re in the right place! 

Music Ensemble: Collaborate with your friends and play in a band! Open to instrumentalists of all levels and vocalists. You’ll have the opportunity to rehearse and perform music from different musical genres - rock, pop, classics, holiday favorites, etc. and learn how to interact and lead with other musicians. 

Computer Science: Explore the world of programming through Python as well as concepts of networking and cybersecurity. 

Outdoor Education/Leadership: Take a deeper dive into outdoor education learning outcomes we examine during our outdoor trips throughout the year. Students will spend more time learning about skills that are necessary to safely recreate outdoors and reflect upon their own leadership styles as they continue to grow into outdoor leaders. Each academic unit will be based off of Riverstone’s Outdoor Education Learning Outcomes. Through inquiry and project based learning, students will grasp a deeper understanding of how important outdoor education is and the necessary skills and traits needed to be successful and impactful to others.

Creative Writing: Build new worlds! Explore the one we live in. Develop skills in character development, writing across genres, story telling, poetry and drama. Class concludes with a published anthology of peer reviewed work from the course. 

Gamification: Delve into the history and evolution of games. What makes great games great? Design your own games and test and evaluate concepts. How do games help us learn and explore our world?

Spanish Language and Culture: Explore and more deeply understand and appreciate the cultures and traditions of the Spanish speaking world.  Students have the opportunity to select a favorite Spanish speaking country and do a deep dive of that country throughout the school year. Students will also participate in a Duolingo challenge to see who can keep the longest streak and most XPs on a weekly basis!

Drama and Dance: Welcome to Dance and Drama, a dynamic middle school elective that combines the thrilling worlds of drama and dance to ignite creativity and self-expression! This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental principles of both drama and dance, fostering an appreciation for the performing arts while developing essential skills in communication, teamwork, and confidence. Throughout the year, students will engage in a variety of activities and exercises to explore the rich and diverse realms of drama and dance. We anticipate presenting two performances, one each semester. From improvisational games to scripted scenes, and from basic dance techniques to choreographed routines, participants will embark on a journey that encourages self-discovery, artistic growth, and fun!