Middle School Courses

We are excited to announce the expansion of MTDA middle school course offerings with our Spring 2022 Middle School Field Test. Below is a list of courses offerings for the Spring 2022 semester as well as a checklist for parents to help you and your child decide if MTDA is a good fit. All enrollment into MTDA comes through your local public school so if you are interested your first call is to your local public school to determine access.

Middle School 2D Art

Course Length: One-semester course Course Description:  Do you like to draw, paint, or take pictures? Whatever medium you prefer, this course will teach you the design elements and principles needed to create a work of art and explore your artistic inspirations. You’ll also travel back in time to look at art in different cultures and
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Middle School Career Exploration

Course Length: One-semester Course Description:  How do you pick a career path when you’re not sure what’s even out there? This course allows you to begin exploring options in fields such as teaching, business, government, hospitality, health science, IT, and more! You’ll align your interests, wants, and needs to career possibilities, including the required education
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Middle School English Language Arts Grade 6

Course Length: two semesters Course Description:  Through a study of myths, fables, and folk tales from different cultures—as well as novels and other modern forms of narrative, students learn the elements common to all forms of literature and also the elements that are unique to each form. In lessons focused on writing and language study,
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Middle School English Language Arts Grade 7

Course Length: Two semesters Course Description:  Through analysis of written, spoken, and multimedia texts, students will become more critical consumers of information and of various forms of media. They will also synthesize and organize ideas to prepare structured essays in several different modes, including narrative, persuasive, and expository. Each lesson will guide students in learning
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Middle School English Language Arts Grade 8

Course Length: two semesters Course Description:  During the first semester of this year-long course, students will read and analyze various kinds of written texts, include novels and short fiction, informational texts representing a wide range of topics and forms, and several one-act plays. Lessons in Semester A will also guide students in writing their own
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Middle School Exploring Music

Course Length: One-semester Course Description:  What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘music’? Do you think about your favorite band or artist? In this course, you’ll learn about how we hear music; how music affects our lives; essential elements of music like rhythm, pitch, and harmony; different musical genres; singing and your voice;

Middle School Health

Course Length: One-semester Course Description:  Middle School Health aids students in creating a foundation of personal health. Beginning with properly defining health, this course then builds upon basic health practices to emphasize the importance of balance. Attention is given to each of the six dimensions of wellness; namely, physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, social, and environmental.
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Middle School Indigenous Studies

Course Length: One-semester course Course Description:  In this course, students will learn about the 12 tribes of Montana. Each unit includes a little history, culture and contemporary information about tribes, and some units have a taste of Indigenous language. It’s a great way to learn about the first people of our state! Prerequisites: None Comprehensive
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Middle School Math Grade 6

Course Length: two semesters Course Description:  Students begin the first semester of this course with a review of basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers. More complex concepts are built on these basics. Students learn how to add, subtract multiply and divide integers, decimals and fractions. The course also includes lessons on ratios
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Middle School Math Grade 7

Course Length: two semesters Course Description:  In this first semester of grade 7 math online course, students work with problem-solving skills, beginning algebra skills, geometry, decimals, fractions, data analysis, number theory and patterns, percents, and integer use. Projects measure the student’s ability to integrate and apply the course objectives. In this continuation of the first
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Middle School Math Grade 8

Course Length: two semesters Course Description:  The first semester of grade 8 Math online course will help students move from the world of simple mathematics to the exciting world of Algebra and Geometry and will provide them with a concrete understanding of the basics for algebraic thinking. Students will develop a deeper understanding of the
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Middle School Science Grade 6 Life Science

Course Length: two semesters Course Description:  Life Science is the study of cells, heredity, biological populations and their changes over time. It includes human biology, ecology, diversity of organisms and the history and nature of science. In this course, students will have the opportunity to conduct and design experiments, identify and classify organisms. Students will
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Middle School Science Grade 7 Earth Science

Course Length: Two semesters Course Description:  In the first semester students will learn about the scientific method and hone their understanding of using scientific measurements to Earth and Space Science. Also included are lessons on Earth maps and globes including detailed instruction on how to find specific locations using latitude and longitude. Students will learn
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Middle School Science Grade 8 Physical Science

COURSE LENGTH: two semesters COURSE DESCRIPTION: Physical Science Grade 8 is an introduction to the Physical Sciences and scientific methodology. The objectives are to impart a basic knowledge of the physical properties and chemistry of matter. Skills are developed in the classroom, and reinforced through homework reading, and interesting labs that relate to everyday life.
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Middle School Scratch Coding

Course Length: One-semester Course Description: Scratch is a program developed by MIT teaching students the basics on how computers think! This program will introduce students to real coding programs and allow them to drag and drop coding blocks creating a fully functional program.  The simple user interface and tutorials allow students to quickly create and
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Middle School Social Studies Grade 6 Ancient World

Course Length: two semesters Course Description:  The first semester of Social Studies 6 introduces students to the beginnings of ancient civilization. We will trace the path of human origins in Africa and follow the path of migration around the Earth. This course will help students understand why we study history and the process in which
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Middle School Social Studies Grade 7 US History

Course Length: two semesters Course Description:  This study of the history of the United States emphasizes how ideas, events, and philosophies have shaped the nation. Students will learn about America’s past while mastering the skills of historical interpretation. Study begins with the earliest arrivals of people and ends with the conclusion of the Civil War.
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Middle School Social Studies Grade 8 Government and Civics

Course Length: Two semesters Course Description:  In this course, students will understand the significance of government, law, and politics.  They will examine the United States foundational documents and how they shaped the United States government.  Students will examine the purposes and functions of federal and state government, law, and political systems.  Learners will evaluate their

Middle School Spanish

Course Length: One-semester course Course Description: In Middle School Spanish Prerequisites: None Comprehensive Syllabus:   Middle School Spanish Public Syllabus Required Materials: A working computer with reliable access to the internet is required.  You will need to be able to listen to audio, watch video, and to record both audio and video. Check your headphones,

I liked that the assignments were very clear, instructive, and informational.” – Middle School Student

It is an amazing learning experience that kids can engage with and use the skills learned in online classes to solve real-world problems, communicate and translate those skills so that they can be used at a future job, or be used in day-to-day life.” – Middle School Student

I have had a good experience. I am learning a lot.” – Middle School Student

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