Willow Glen Middle School is a unique learning community focused on engaging students in academics that are intellectually challenging as well as in athletics, the arts, and service opportunities. We empower our students to discover and develop new talents and skills through instruction aligned to California Common Core State Standards.
WGMS uses data-driven instruction to provide an enriching academic experience. Students take courses such as Math 6, Math 7, Math 8, Algebra, Geometry, Accelerated Math, Leadership, High School equivalent Spanish 1 / 2, Spanish 3 / 4, French 1 / 2 , French 3 / 4, Introductory French and Spanish, Choir and Concert Choir, Beginning and Intermediate Band, Drums, Speech and Debate, yearlong science in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, and 3D and 2D Art. Teachers collaborate weekly to share best practices and discuss teaching strategies.
Learning at WGMS continues outside of the academic day. Students may attend the after school YMCA Program for homework help, sports, and enrichment. Outside tour organizations offer students the opportunity to travel to France and Spain as well as New York City, Washington, D.C., and Boston to experience history and culture.
6th Grade Language Arts
7th Grade Language Arts
8th Grade Language Arts
Ancient History, 6th
World History, 7th
American History, 8th
Earth Science, 6th
Life Science, 7th
Life Science w/SIP Medical Focus
Accelerated Math 6
Accelerated Math 7
PHYSICAL EDUCATION (P.E.)
ENGLISH SECOND LANGUAGE
Speech & Debate
6th Grade Wheel
Teachers follow the SJUSD Student and Parent Information Handbook in assigning 20-30 minutes of homework per academic subject area per day. Each student receives a Ram Planner at the beginning of the school year that includes a daily calendar where students record their Language Arts, Reading, Social Studies, Science, Math, P.E. and Elective assignments. Per SJUSD Board Policy, homework is not assigned over breaks.
Students are encouraged to become involved in after-school activities that include Robotics, Band, Applause Show Choir, Yearbook, team sports and drama productions. These activities provide students the chance to further develop interests, skills and friendships. Leadership opportunities are developed in Student Government and WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) activities.
A solid transition from middle school to high school better prepares students to continue their studies in the academically challenging years of high school. Transition is facilitated through an Academic Counselor.