Academic Programs

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. 


Course Offerings

LANGUAGE ARTS             
6th Grade Language Arts                          
7th Grade Language Arts                          
8th Grade Language Arts                          
Reading Intervention

SOCIAL STUDIES
Ancient History, 6th
World History, 7th
American History, 8th

SCIENCES                     
Earth Science, 6th                                  
Life Science, 7th                                    
Life Science w/SIP Medical Focus                  
Engineering, 8th      

MATHEMATICS                             
Math 6
Accelerated Math 6
Math 7
Accelerated Math 7
Math 8
Algebra
Geometry

PHYSICAL EDUCATION (P.E.)

SPECIAL EDUCATION

ENGLISH SECOND LANGUAGE
                                                     
ELECTIVES                     
Art                                                  
Band
Choir
Computer Technology                            
French                                              
Horticulture        
Leadership                                        
Robotics
Speech & Debate
Spanish
Yearbook
6th Grade Wheel


Homework

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.


Extracurricular Activities

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.


Transition to High School

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.


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