Chris Schoberl, Head of Middle School
The Middle School program encourages students to explore all the academic disciplines.
In this way, the scientist discovers a passion for French or the historian masters the quadratic formula. All middle school students study English, history, math, science and either French, Spanish, or Mandarin. Students rotate through four fine arts electives or commit to instrumental study and performance in the band. In addition, all students can opt into a variety of additional arts and athletics offerings in clubs or by participating in the fall play or spring musical.Not A Junior High School
The CSUS Middle School is not a Junior High experience. Rather than teach a “toned down” high school curriculum, our middle school team develops curriculum and experiences that are developmentally appropriate. From an egg drop and Rube Goldberg Machine Contest to learning about inertia, motion, and energy transfer, to acting scenes from Shakespeare to bring the words to life, the middle school curriculum is designed for a middle school student.Skills and Content
Yes, it is important to know the causes of the Civil War. It is also critical that middle school students learn the skills of a historian. The team of Middle School teachers works to develop both subject-specific content knowledge while also teaching fundamental study and organization skills. After three years in the middle school, our students are incredibly well prepared for the challenges of high school.And rather than Or
The middle school schedule allows students to be scholars, athletes and artists. We not only encourage students to delve into all three realms, we require them to do so. Our Fine Arts rotation program encourages students to see the breadth of the department’s offerings, and our immersive instrumental program inspires them to master their instrument, perform in our school band, and even compete at state level contests and festivals. Our Athletics and PE period is built into the school day, allowing more students to participate on our teams. At CSUS it is not uncommon for a star on the stage to be a star athlete as well.Technology Integration
Throughout the middle school, we strive to teach with technology rather than about technology. With a 1:1 iPad program in our 6th, 7th and 8th grades, and mobile laptop carts, our students have access to powerful learning tools. Our faculty work with the Technology Integrator to use these devices as a platform for innovation in each discipline.