How does the middle school schedule work?
A middle school student's schedule will switch between two distinct days, called A-Day and B-Day. Each subject is taught during a class that is referred to as a block. Each block is 90 minutes long, and there are four blocks on both A and B Days. This makes a total of 8 classes. This is the standard middle school schedule throughout CMS. Waddell Academy also has a 45 minute block of time each day that we refer to as a 9th block. This is instructional time, and is used per the needs of individual students.
What does a middle school student wear to school?
There is no uniform policy for middle school students at Waddell Academy, but students are still expected to abide by the CMS dress code. This means no offensive or revealing clothing or accessories.
What time does school start and end for middle school students?
The school day starts at 8:15 and dismissal is at 3:15.
Will my child change classes?
Yes, students in the Waddell Language Academy Middle School will have different teachers for the different subjects. This will require them to change classrooms after each block. Because of the small number of students, class changes are very easy and smooth, and they provide an excellent preparation for high school, where students will also be expected to change classes.
What is expected of my child in the Foreign Language Magnet?
Waddell Academy's Middle School foreign language is very rigorous. Every student will be enrolled in a foreign language course throughout their years at Waddell, and most students will have the opportunity to take two foreign languages. The foreign language courses are considered an additional core course at our school. The expectation is fluency in a foreign language and entrance into advanced high school academic and foreign language courses.
Will my student have the opportunity to participate in sports?
Our sports programs at Waddell Academy have continued to flourish. We are proud to say that we offer the complete array of sports allowed by CMS. Sports included in this are football, girls' volleyball, golf, softball, baseball, boys' and girls' basketball, cheerleading, boys' and girls' soccer, baseball and track. By CMS policy, only students in 7th and 8th grade who are academically eligible are allowed to participate in athletics.
How much homework will my child have?
A standard expectation for middle schools is 30 minutes of homework per class each night. With four blocks daily for a child, there should be no more than 2 hours of homework nightly for a child.
Will elementary and middle school students be separated during the day?
Middle and elementary students have distinct classroom areas in our new facility. In addition, we will likely continue to stagger class schedules and changes, in order to reduce interaction during the instructional day. We encourage innovative programs, however, which structure the interaction between these students. Several teachers will attest to the benefits of these programs for both age groups.