An independent day school for grades 6-12

Welcome to the Middle School

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 of Spanish. Students rotate through all of our Fine Arts and have two Fine Arts electives as well. In our Mind Body program, students take a wellness class and participate in PE or Athletics four days a week.

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 building balloon racers to learn about friction and motion to acting our scenes of 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 the Upper 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, while the elective periods allow students to delve deeper in the arts. 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 on the field as well.

Technology Integration
Throughout the middle school we strive to teach with technology rather than teach about technology. With a 1:1 iPad program in our 6th, 7th and 8th grades, a laptop cart and a computer lab, 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.

Academic Support

List of 3 items.

  • Philosophy

    “CSUS is committed to helping students achieve their full potential and thrive in a rigorous academic program. To fulfill this commitment we strive to maintain a supportive environment for all students, including those with learning differences.  We provide professional development and consultation with our faculty to help them identify learning issues and better serve the needs of students with identified learning differences and disabilities.  While our dedicated resources are limited, we provide direct support to students with learning differences through our Academic Resource Center.  We provide referrals to outside professionals for testing and additional support, and we provide reasonable accommodations for students with documented learning differences.”
    [CSUS Board Statement, March 2007]
  • Formal Education Plan (FEP)

    The annual Formal Education Plan (FEP) meeting involves the student, his or her parents, teachers, school counselor, division head, and Director of Academic Resources. The FEP meeting results in a signed agreement outlining the academic accommodations agreed upon.

    Available academic accommodations may include:
    • extended time on tests
    • quiet testing environment
    • peer note-taker services
    • use of a computer for in-class assignments, and
    • reduced course load, when appropriate
    • foreign language waiver
  • Peer Tutoring

    Peer Tutoring is a student-run program that connects students having difficulty in certain subjects with peers who have excelled in that subject.

    To apply to become a tutor, students may complete the application at the beginning of each quarter. Deadlines will be announced at the start of each quarter.

    Students in need of a tutor can fill out a tutor request form at any time, and they will quickly be matched with a qualified tutor.

    This year there are three types of tutoring: Regularly scheduled meetings, as-needed, and Bridge Academy.
    • Regularly scheduled meetings and as-needed tutoring are part of the traditional peer tutoring program. Students can decide which works best for them, depending on their needs and schedules.
    • Bridge Academy is a pilot program developed in partnership with Peninsula Bridge. The program connects five high-achieving seventh grade students with Crystal students who serve as their mentors and tutors throughout the year.