As our children mature and move to the Upper Campus, one of the goals of Middle School is to cultivate empathy and interpersonal responsibility in each child. These capacities are fostered in both our curricular and co-curricular programs. During our advisory and assembly periods, speakers are scheduled to discuss issues of DEI with the entire school. Within their advisory groups, faculty lead students in discussions about these presentations and other issues, including sharing student thoughts and perspectives on current events and politics. Students continue to develop skills that allow them to speak about complex issues and listen and speak with respect to one another.
Beginning with our 7th Grade curriculum, students take one semester of Global Studies followed by three semesters of United States History. This first semester serves as an opportunity to develop many important skills, including how to constructively conduct discourse on race, social justice, and oppression, in both historical and current events. These skills enhance our students’ abilities to engage in their study of United States History, providing for a means of analyzing and interpreting events and figures from multiple perspectives.
In their English classes, students focus their study on themes of “otherness” and “appearance vs. reality” as students engage with novels, poetry, and short stories through a lens of understanding human connectedness and opposition. Historical context and authorial intent are explored as students find diverse ways to approach their texts. More traditional works are enriched by such framing, but also by being paired with more contemporary and diverse perspectives found in the newly adopted work Brown Girl Dreaming, which is read in the same year as a companion and counterpoint text.
Sierra Canyon School is a private, independent, non-sectarian, co-educational, college preparatory school for students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12 located in Chatsworth, California. The highly cosmopolitan campus community is reflective of the Greater Los Angeles area and the world at large. Students are empowered to realize their greatest creative, ethical, intellectual and physical promise through small class sizes, a diverse student-teacher culture and a family-like environment.