Humanities (English Language Arts & Social Studies)

ELA and Social Studies are taught by the same teacher and frequently during a long block of instruction. There are regular cross-curricular connections and fluid movement between the two subjects. ELA curriculum includes novel studies, reading groups, and a writer's workshop. Social Studies curriculum includes geography (sixth grade), ancient civilizations (seventh grade), U.S. history (eighth grade).


Classes balance skill building, concept development, modeling and problem solving. Lessons incorporate a variety of structures and activities: stations, math journals, collaborative problem-solving, use of manipulatives, games, simulations and projects. When it makes sense, math instruction is integrated into Learning Expeditions, especially opportunities to engage with authentic data collection and analysis opportunities. Read More...


Curriculum is organized into teacher-created case studies and units. Teachers incorporate labs, simulations, games, writing assignments, projects, and a wide variety of other learning activities into the lessons. There is also a focus on non-fiction reading and writing aligned with the Common Core standards.

 Sixth GradeSeventh GradeEighth Grade
HumanitiesGeographyAncient CivilizationsU.S History
MathematicsPre-Algebra, On Level mathAlgebra 1, Pre-Algebra, On Level mathGeometry, Algebra 1, Foundations of Algebra
ScienceHuman Body, Physics, EvolutionWaves/Fields & Energy, Ecosystems, GeologyClimate Change, Chemistry, Genetics


Lab is a 45 minute intervention block that occurs three times per week. Scholars are placed in Lab based on standardized assessment data, progress toward learning targets in their core courses, and teacher recommendations. Those with demonstrated gaps in reading, writing, math, or who have a social skills requirement in their IEPs work in small group settings using a range of in-person and online intervention strategies. Those scholars who are at or above grade level participate in an Extension Lab where they explore a topic in-depth with a teacher.

In the final three weeks of the school year, Lab transforms into "Odo" where scholars are allowed to select a range of activities led by McAuliffe teachers. Past examples include skateboarding, cooking, creative writing, wiffle ball, and woodworking.  

For any questions about Lab you can contact Christina Morello.