Welcome to SkyView Academy Middle School! I am honored to serve as our upper school principal. I thoroughly enjoy kids at this uncertain age. Engaging with them, helping them find their way, and encouraging them, brings me great joy.
Highlights of our program include:
- Core Knowledge curriculum with well-aligned reading, writing, math and science programs along with daily taught Spanish classes for all students
- Electives including P.E., yearbook, drama, choir, art, technology and leadership
- Engaging teachers who care about and support our students
- Character program through Capturing Kids’ Hearts and service learning projects
- Leadership opportunities and class spirit
- Competitive middle school athletic program
- Individual student lockers (a big deal when you’re in middle school!)
Our middle school provides an engaging environment of social acceptance. In this environment, students learn to use their Core Knowledge foundation, character education, and Spanish to understand relationships, to establish connections, to value citizenship, and to build intellectual confidence. These key skills prepare them for success in high school. Upon completion of 8th grade, middle school students think critically and logically, write and speak persuasively, perform and behave their best, and value perseverance and the joy of learning.
I encourage prospective families to look into our program and schedule a tour for additional information.
I look forward to meeting you!
Upper School Principal
SkyView Academy welcomed its inaugural students in grades PK-5 in 2010.
SkyView Academy enjoys a view of the majestic Rocky Mountains from its location in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
8:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Over 350 students in grades 6-8 fill the middle school halls at SkyView.
As highly motivated individuals, SkyView students participate in rigorous academics, competitive athletics, and outstanding fine arts programs. They embrace opportunities to explore new avenues of self-expression. They seek opportunities to serve the community and their school with service-learning projects. Teachers challenge them to live as life-long learners and honorable leaders.
Upon completion of middle school, our students matriculate into our high school prepared for the rigor of a classical education. The emphasis on critical thinking allows students to demonstrate knowledge on the highest levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy. All student writing and Socratic discussion requires an evidence-based response from both primary and secondary sources.
Student:Teacher ratio is typically 25:1 with some classes averaging a smaller ratio.
Our teachers have an average of 8 years of classroom teaching experience and 37% of the middle school staff hold advanced degrees. Another 23% are currently working toward their Master’s degree.
Comfortably settled on the lower level of the north side of the building, the middle school enjoys the perks of an All-American middle school experience. They demonstrate their athleticism on the beautifully manicured turf field and well-maintained high school regulation gym. Their creativity shines on the theater stage. Though the cafetorium (cafeteria/auditorium) is shared with the high school, middle-school students enjoy separate lunch periods. The library offers a variety of literary genres and a quiet environment to explore the literary world while enjoying a spectacular view of the Rocky Mountains. The fine arts department houses a theater, art room, band room and choir room. Individual, full-length lockers allow students a space to call their own.
- Outdoor Education: 6th-grade students participate in Outdoor Education, expanding their educational horizons while experiencing the adventure of a lifetime.
- Washington D.C.: 8th-grade students travel to Washington D.C. to bring their social studies curriculum to life during a once-in-a-lifetime journey through our nation’s capital.
- Fine Arts: Through a robust fine arts program, students enjoy the ability to participate in theatrical presentations, sing in choral festivals, play instruments in concert band, and display their artistic creations in school- and district-level art shows.
- Advisement: All students attend this academic support class during 8th period designed to strengthen their foundation of learning. Students are able to use the time to complete homework, access additional help from teachers or makeup missed assessments or classwork due to absences. Additionally, they track grades, work on organizational skills, and improve overall academic performance.
- Capturing Kids’ Hearts: Our character education program helps develop healthy relationships between members of a school’s educational community and teaches effective skills that help students to do their best and be their best.
Families transport their students to and from school, many forming carpools either on their own or through the WaytoGo program.
A variety of after-school clubs and activities provide students the opportunity to explore hidden talents and interests. Additionally, SkyView participates in district and charter level athletics.
SkyView Academy’s middle school program is built upon the Core Knowledge Sequence. This foundation is then supplemented with math, science, language arts, foreign language, fine arts, technology, and physical education curriculum. All curricular programs are research-based and aligned with the scope and sequence of Core Knowledge as well as the state and national standards for education at each grade level and across all grades.
We value developmentally appropriate instructional methods delivered by expert teachers in an environment of expectation and support. Our middle school students acquire a comprehensive set of knowledge and skills that will take them on to our Classical and College-Prep high school and higher education.
Composition and Literature
Middle School Composition and Literature builds upon students’ prior knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, word usage, and the mechanics of writing. It also builds upon the foundations of Core Knowledge literature to further develop the students knowledge of a variety of literary genres. Additionally, it explores the concept of Socratic Discussion and expository writing. Students work to produce writing that is supported by data from the text to strengthen argument. Students are introduced to claim, data, warrant writing skills in 6th grade and student writing develops further with the use of a well-stated thesis supported by claim, data, warrant commentary in 7th and 8th grade. Students also work to annotate literature at increasingly in-depth levels throughout middle school. Specific content depends upon state standards for each grade.
We offer instruction in Math 6, 7, and 8, Algebra I, and Geometry. Students are grouped by ability across mathematics courses. For Math 6, 7, and 8, we use Holt McDougal’s Middle School Math curriculum. This program represents a new era in the middle school math curriculum and a new approach for reaching all students with streamlined textbooks that focus on deeper understanding of math strategies and concepts. For students in Algebra I and Geometry, we offer rigorous, high-school-level mathematics courses based on the Pearson Common Core textbooks. Students who are ready for instruction in Algebra 2 or above are invited to attend classes in our high school.
History and Geography
Middle School Social Studies courses help students develop a greater understanding of social studies disciplines, including history, geography, civics and government, and economics. Typically, these courses focus on single disciplines at a time, e.g., state-specific history and government, U.S. history, world history, or civics to develop discipline-related skills. Specific content depends upon state standards for each grade.
Middle school science includes subject matter from several strands of science, including earth and space sciences, physical sciences, and life or environmental sciences. Material is organized around thematic units. Specific content depends upon state standards for each grade.
In Spanish, students expand their cultural horizons and language abilities with daily classes designed to help them acquire proficiency in interpersonal communication, interpretive communication, and presentational communication through the four integrative skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.
SkyView offers a variety of elective courses that allow students to explore topics and further their skills in the areas of art, band, choir, drama, leadership, music appreciation, PE, and technology. Middle School Electives Course Descriptions
Capturing Kids’ Hearts
Capturing Kids’ Hearts is a program that helps develop healthy relationships between members of a school’s educational community and to teach effective skills that help participants to do their best and be their best. The program uses a universal language to teach children to self-manage and how to handle conflict when it occurs. The core of the program is, “If you reach a child’s heart you will reach their mind.” Learn more about Capturing Kids’ Hearts.
SkyView Academy values life-long learning and honorable leadership. As such, we have created opportunities for our students to expand their horizons in various leadership roles. From National Junior Honor Society to student council to service learning projects and student leadership elective classes, a supportive school staff encourages middle school students to take on roles to increase their leadership skills.
- National Junior Honor Society
- Student Council
- Leadership Classes
- Community Service Teams
- Outdoor Education (6th grade)
- Washington DC (8th grade)