Academics

Social Studies | Math | PE | Science | World Language

Language Arts

Language Arts teachers at HIMS use an eclectic approach to teach balanced literacy. We focus on student fluency in writing through continuous, repeated exposure to the process of writing across a variety of genres. With this approach, students incorporate their learning in authentic ways because they learn through demonstration and practice. Reading instruction is taught in using a similar approach.

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Social Studies

Spectrum students follow the same curriculum however the course work is more rigorous and guided by learning standards a grade above. Social Studies curriculum consists of:

  • Grade 6: Ancient Civilizations to the Fall of Rome
  • Grade 7: 1st Semester:Fall of Rome to the Middle Ages.  2nd Semester WA State History
  • Grade 8: US History to 1910.

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Math

The goal of our mathematics program is to prepare each student to meet the mathematical demands presented by high school, college, and careers. In our math classes, students are active participants in building their understanding of mathematical concepts as well as applying their knowledge. Students learn in a collaborative problem-solving environment, and are expected to work in a variety of situations, including independent work, in pairs, and in groups.

Hamilton math teachers actively collaborate with each other to improve our methods and implement proven and research-based techniques that help students learn. Some examples of these methods include the use of a clear teaching point, public records, the intentional use of vocabulary, journal writing, pressing for justification, accountable talk, group work, and the use of technology.

The mathematical focus at each grade level is determined by the WA State Math Standards. Students in the regular education program work on grade-level standards, students in “Honors” work on standards one year above grade-level, and students in “Honors Honors” work on standards two years above grade level. Some of our math classes are taught by two teachers. This co-teaching model allows us to better serve the needs of students working below standard, while at the same time challenging all students. Even in classes that are not co-taught, we strive to provide timely interventions and also additional challenge for our diverse students.   After school math programs and activities provide support and enrichment for students that need it. For information on our curriculum please visit the following web-sites:

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Physical Education

HIMS PE follows our district curriculum, Five for Life, which aligns with our state physical Education: fitness standards. Each grade level class helps students prepare students toward long lasting health and fitness goals.

HIMS does expect students to dress appropriately for PE. PE is a one semester class at HIMS.

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Science

HIMS general science follows the Inquiry-Based Science Kits adopted and provided by Seattle Public Schools. Our curriculum or “kits” are:

  • Grade 6: Diversity of Life Kit & Solutions and Pollution
  • Grade 7: Catastrophic Events & Energy, Machines, and Motion.
  • Grade 8: Properties of Matter, Earth & Space, and Ecology & Evolution.

The specifics concerning each unit and science standards can be found on the District’s website: SPS Home Page

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World Language

Hamilton International offers students three years of World Language. All language classes, including immersion, meet for one-hour every day.

The three-year Spanish and Japanese Immersion Programs build on the programs at John Stanford International School. The programs focus on oral and written comprehension and production as well as grammatical proficiency. Vocabulary and grammar are taught in the context of the geography, history and culture of the countries where the languages are spoken. The goal of these programs is to prepare students for at least third-year of Spanish or Japanese in high school.

In the regular language program we also offer three years of Japanese or Spanish. Students learn fundamental skills in speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing in the target language, along with a focus on the geography and culture of the countries where those languages are spoken. The teachers use a variety of methods and resources that go beyond the textbooks, including Total Physical Response. The goal of these programs is to prepare students for the second year of Spanish or Japanese in high school.

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