Ribét Academy’s Middle School encompasses grades six, seven, and eight and builds on the foundation of academic learning begun in Elementary School. The program is committed to teaching responsibility, good study habits, and organizational skills; all leading to a successful future in High School. High achieving students have acceleration options that will allow them to take full advantage of the High School’s Advanced Placement (college credit bearing) classes. Qualified students can take Pre-Algebra in 7th grade and Algebra 1 in 8th grade allowing them to reach the AP Calculus level in High School. Eighth graders also have the option of taking Spanish 1, a High School course, allowing them to conclude their foreign language with AP Spanish in High School. Annual Stanford 9 testing results, with each class averaging two grade levels above current, gives parents tangible proof of the academic success their children achieve through our demanding yet supportive program.
Academics are just part of the Middle School journey at Ribét. Students can choose from a wide variety of elective courses that allow them to explore different academic options before entering High School. Courses include Spanish, Computers, Creative Writing, Mock Trial, Debate, Journalism, Black History, Vocal and Instrumental Music, Theatre Arts, Dance, Visual Art, and Leadership.
Ribét’s faculty believes that a well-rounded education also includes Physical Education, which is a required course. In addition, there are a wide variety of sports teams and clubs available to Middle School students. Team emphasis is on good sportsmanship and a positive attitude. Teams for boys are Basketball, Baseball, and Flag Football, teams for girls are Basketball, Volleyball, and Softball.
Field trips are an important part of Ribét’s curriculum and are designed to support academic learning. Three to six day trips to CELP (Catalina Environmental Leadership Program), Astro Camp, San Francisco, and Washington DC have long been part of the Middle School program along with day trips to cultural and historic places and events.