The middle school Humanities program focuses on developing critical reading and writing skills through the Readers and Workshop model.

Reading and writing naturally complement one another. Research proves the more a student treads, the better he or she writes.

Reading: To help build reading fluency and prepare them for more complex text, students are expected to read a minimum of 210 minutes per week throughout the school year. Students choose books at their reading level independently, with recommendations from their peers or teacher. Readers are also encouraged to explore all genres of literature. Students complete regular WARS (Writing about Reading) demonstrating their comprehension through a variety of different prompts. A selection of books will be read aloud throughout the school year.

Writing: Students will progress and engage in the writing process as they plan, draft, revise, edit, and publish their writing. Writers will explore a variety of genres including personal narrative, argument based, informative and literary essays, non-fiction and fiction writing. Writers will also conference and collaborate regularly with their peers and their teacher. This workshop model provides structure, a safe community learning experience, and support for all writers.

Social Studies 

The curriculum for each grade is designed around individual and group projects.

5th Grade: US History: Pre-colonial period to Independence

In fifth grade, students study the development of the United States up to 1791. By applying what historians know from civics, economics and geography, students learn the ideals, principles, and systems that shaped this country’s founding. Vocabulary, geography, mapping, charting, and research and organization skills are emphasized this year.

6th Grade: Elections and Ancient Civilizations

Students learn what it means to be a citizen of the United States, how the Election Process works and the duty of the President. Historians will also study of ancient civilizations including: The Fertile Crescent, Greece, India, China, Egypt and Nubia and Rome. We will also explore the importance of maps, globes, atlases as the basic tools in the study of geography as well as the interrelationship between humans and the natural environment.

 7th Grade: Elections, World Studies: Medieval Times to Today, and Washington State History

The seventh grade curriculum continues to build on the sixth grade curriculum beginning with the study of the Byzantine Empire, Africa, Early Americans, Asia, Europe in the Middle Ages to current events. Students will also learn what it means to be a citizen of the United States, how the election process works and the duty of the President. The year concludes with a unit on Washington State History.  

8th Grade: Elections, U.S. History and the Holocaust

Students will build upon their seventh grade knowledge as they continue to learn what it means to be a citizen of the United States, how the Election Process works and the duty of the President. Eighth grade social studies will also focus on the period leading up to the Civil War. The year closes with a unit on the Holocaust, with an emphasis on Rescue, Resistance and Survivors. Lessons and materials have been gathered from a variety of age appropriate sources including the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, Jewish Partisans Educational Foundation, YadVashem and The Holocaust Center for Humanity.


The goal of the Middle School Math Program at Seattle Hebrew Academy is to provide inspiring mathematics based on Washington State and Common Core Standards that stimulate student learning, confidence, and achievement while preparing them for high school and beyond. Students build their understanding of concepts through daily practice, written and verbal communication, the use of technology and software, and through integrative projects that involve real-life problem solving.

In an effort to provide math instruction to students at a wide range of levels, math is supported or co-taught by the Learning Center staff. Effort is made to provide small group instruction where appropriate; a few students may follow an independent unit of study, supported by teachers in meetings outside of regular math classes.

6th Grade Core Content:

  • Multiplication and division of fractions and decimals
  • Mathematical expressions and equations
  • Ratios, rates, and percent
  • Two and three dimensional geometry
  • Reasoning, problem-solving and communication

7th Grade Core Content:

  • Rational numbers and linear equations
  • Proportionality and similarity
  • Surface area and volume
  • Properties of geometric figures
  • Probability and data
  • Reasoning, problem solving and communication

8th Grade Core Content:

  • Characteristics and behaviors of functions
  • Linear functions, equations and inequalities
  • Quadratic functions and equations
  • Data and Distributions
  • Reasoning, problem solving and communication


SHA’s Science Program is designed to teach students the fundamentals of science concepts and then to apply what they have learned by doing hands-on experimentation and observation.

Students will develop a specialized science vocabulary, learn to use the tools of the laboratory, and collect, analyze and interpret data to present their results clearly and cogently. Emphasis will be placed on creating a community of joy and excellence where students use critical thinking skills to encourage each other apply their prior and accumulated knowledge confidently and independently.

Students will have opportunities to summarize current science articles, use technology, meet local scientists for career exploration, and engage in Internet and library research that will be presented in written reports, creative projects, as well as during class discussions.

6th Grade Core Content:

  • Exploring Earth Science- Safety, measurement, observation, and the Scientific Method
  • Astronomy – Big Bang Theory, Stars and Galaxies, Solar System, the Earth and its moon, gravity, the Doppler Effect and the Electromagnetic Spectrum, Rotation and Revolution, Tides, Seasons, and Eclipses
  • The Earth and its resources – atmosphere, equilibrium, fresh and salt water interactions
  • Processes that shape the earth – plate tectonics, interior of Earth, Continental drift, volcanoes and earthquakes
  • Examining the surface – rocks and minerals, weathering/erosion, geologic time, fossils
  • Science Fair – a month-long inquiry into an experiment of each student’s choice

7th Grade Core Content:

  • What is Life Science?
  • Viruses and Bacteria, Protista and Fungi
  • The Plant Kingdom
  • Animals
  • Cells and Heredity
  • Environmental Science
  • Human Biology – This is integrated throughout the course. Topics covered: (Alcohol’s Effects on the Central Nervous System, Digestive, Circulatory, and Respiratory Systems, Nutrition, Disease Control)
  • Science Fair – a month-long inquiry into an experiment of each student’s choice

8th Grade Core Content:

  • Science Basics – Lab skills, safety, measurement and the scientific method
  • Chemistry – Matter, changes of state, density, the periodic table and bonding, the water molecule, and chemical change
  • Physics – forms, transfers and transformations of energy and waves (heat, light, sound and electricitiy), Newton’s Laws of Motion, speed, velocity and acceleration
  • Science Fair – a month-long inquiry into an experiment of each student’s choice