Nowhere at Dorris-Eaton is the college preparatory nature of the curriculum
more evident than in the junior high. Students are exposed to the Socratic method
and taught to expand and exercise their higher-order thinking skills. Group
discussions and investigations, particularly in science and history, are a
mainstay of classes, and healthy debate is encouraged. The spirit of teaching,
as much as the academic offerings, contributes to the development of practical
wisdom and the ability to make sound and useful decisions, and a sense of
stewardship-globally, as well as locally.
The core curriculum includes literature, mathematics (pre-algebra, algebra, and
geometry), writing, science (earth science, biology, and chemistry/physics),
grammar, history (ancient civilizations, world history, and U.S. history), Spanish,
and geography. In all subjects, note-taking, outlining, organizing, and time management
are taught and continually reinforced. Students are called to action by an impressive
array of challenges included in the computer and technology curriculum. Dorris-Eaton
considers art, art history and appreciation, and physical education courses to be of
equal importance in the curriculum and takes careful steps to interrelate these
disciplines. Students may further elect to participate in band and instrumental music.
Along with the specialized teaching staff, students benefit from technology, educational
travel, academic enrichment programs, and numerous extracurricular activities,
including an after-school sports program. Student government, community service
projects, and the student volunteer program encourage good citizenship and public
spirit. The Interhouse program builds community and school spirit, while fostering
sound competition. Annual extended class trips, both in-and-out of state, enhance
history and the natural and social sciences.
A record number of Dorris-Eaton junior high students are published authors, testament
to the strength of the language arts program. Each year, many seventh and eighth grade
students qualify to take the SAT. A high percentage of them achieve Honors with
Distinction or State Recognition in math, verbal, or both. Many also take part in
university-based summer programs.
An active debate program puts students at center stage of active banter and intensive
research. Participation in Mathcounts, American Mathematics competitions, and Science
Bowl offers challenges and learning opportunities beyond the [classroom] curriculum.
The difference is education.