Soundings challenges eighth graders to create a democratic learning community in which to explore student-selected themes that merge their adolescent concerns with state learning objectives and global issues.
Soundings replaces the conventional Language Arts, Social Studies and Science classes while meeting the Common Core Standards for those subjects.
Following a process of asking, analyzing, and grouping questions, the class works together to decide which questions they most want to study. These then become our themes for the year. For each theme selected, students learn to set goals and objectives, develop and implement plans to achieve those aims, present their results, and assess their performance. As they experience this process with its emphasis on both quality performance and higher order thinking skills such as analysis, synthesis and assessment, students master essential skills and concepts from all academic disciplines and apply them to real world issues.
To learn more about the Integrated Programs at RMS, including the selection and lottery process, visit the Integrated Programs webpage. To learn more about the courses available for 8th-grade students, view the RMS Program of Studies.
- What makes Soundings different?
- What about the regular subject areas?
- But will I be ready for high school if I choose Soundings and don't have the traditional subject areas?
- Is Soundings just for gifted students?
- What is a day's schedule like in Soundings?
- What about homework?
- What about grades?
- Do Soundings students have lockers?
- Are Soundings students isolated from the rest of the 8th grade?
- How do I know if Soundings is right for me (or for my child)?