Middle School at Wornick is a caring, engaging place to learn and grow.
Aligned with the Common Core standards, the challenging Wornick curriculum equips students for success in high school and beyond. Learning at Wornick is both engaging and meaningful. The central pillar of our program is the development of critical thinking skills in every discipline. Steeped in Jewish values, students at Wornick grow and develop as individuals — supported and informed by a system of ethics that empowers them to become caring adults and effective leaders in their community.
Differentiated learning opportunities include the option of taking accelerated math classes including Sixth Grade Pre-Algebra, Seventh Grade Algebra and Eighth Grade Geometry. A hallmark of the Wornick Middle School project based learning program is the Seventh Grade Tzedakah Project (Tzedakah means “righteous giving” in Hebrew), where students self select a global cause and design their project with teacher guidance that involves research, interviewing their chosen nonprofit, volunteering, fundraising, critical thinking, presentation, and advocacy skills.
This year, our Eighth Graders have a wonderful opportunity to be a part of a nine-week entrepreneurial course for social impact in conjunction with the company Startup Experience. Through hands-on interactive workshops with Hausner Jewish Day School and a facilitator, students will gain a clear understanding of the entrepreneurial mindset and process, familiarity with design thinking, business modeling, LEAN startup tools such as customer interviewing and minimum viable product creation, basic introduction to venture capital, and startup pitching. This course is a wonderful opportunity for students following up on their Tzedakah Project. We will be encouraging students to think about their identities and the impact they hope to have on their communities and the larger world.
Hebrew language is a core part of the curriculum — including beginning classes for students who are new to Wornick. A Spanish language elective is also offered as part of the elective wheel in the Sixth Grade, and an elective in the Seventh and Eighth grades. Team sports, overnight study trips, service opportunities, electives and a laptop computer provided to every student contribute to an engaging, robust learning experience.
Advisory periods afford students a safe space to explore their own social and emotional learning, study skills, and problem solving strategies. Electives in music, the arts, technology, and engineering nurture students’ creativity and imagination.
Overnight study trips take middle school learning beyond the classroom and around the world. Sixth Grade students explore land formations and the water cycle in a place of breathtaking beauty and nature. History, literature and Judaic Studies themes come to life for Wornick Seventh Graders during a trip through the American South exploring the country’s Civil Rights Movement up close. Eighth Graders put their Hebrew skills to work, as they embark on a two-week trip to Israel.