Middle School

Middle School

Grades 4 through 8 feature an individualized, anti-biased curriculum rooted in STEM and the Arts with strong foundations in math, reading, writing, language & literacy and science.World Academy’s new campus for our older students is state of the art with an environment designed to support 21st century learning. The in-depth, enriched, diverse curriculum promotes problem solving, collaboration, leadership, communication and other techniques to encourage student success in the global future and is set up to address individualized learning styles and intelligence levels.

The Middle School Program offers our older students in Grades 4 to 8 the opportunity to experience a middle school classroom model. This model includes activities such as Student Council, school newspaper, peer mediation, advanced technology experiences, writing workshops, public speaking, cooking, intramural sports and study skill classes that are an integral part of the curriculum experience in Grades 4 through 8. Extracurricular activities also include track, ice-skating, sledding and karate.

The academically challenging and developmentally appropriate approach to our curriculum is seamlessly coordinated from grade to grade in order to maximize each child's potential. Our high academic standards and low student/teacher ratio enables each student to have more opportunities to think and grow, and more hands on comprehensive information about the world. Our curriculum is further enriched with specialized instruction in Technology, World Languages, Art, Music, Chorus and Physical Education and focuses elective courses for each grade.

Grades 4 through Grade 8 at World Elementary offer a low student to teacher ratio to allow teachers to get to know each individual student and his/er learning style. Classes are conducted five days a week from 7:45am - 2:30pm, with the option to extend the day with our Before and After School Program. Based on the local Board of Education guideline, our curriculum has been expanded and enriched to offer your child more choices. Our goals are to foster physical, social, emotional, cognitive, language, math and creative development - all while enjoying school.

We knew we needed to make a change, in order to enrich our daughter’s learning experience. Our public school was fine, but we wanted more than they could offer. On the other hand, private schools that pushed highly competitive academics and sports lacked the ability to see our child as an individual. When we walked into World Academy, we knew we had found something different, altogether, we felt the sense of family and community. Thank you! - The Leone Family

Admissions

World Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, or gender, to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities available at the school. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national/ethnic origin, or gender in the administration of its educational or admissions policies. Students with disabilities will be accommodated to the extent of the services and resources available.

Since it is our goal to provide an enriched environment that will foster social, intellectual, physical and emotional growth for all of our children, we consider the aptitude and attitude of the student and the commitment of the parents to be integral to the admissions process.

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Schedule a visit

We welcome students considering our First through Eighth Grade classes to spend a day with us. We encourage students who are visiting to observe with the grade level they currently are in so they can be paired with a student ambassador they can relate to and meet the students they will potentially attend class with the following year.

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Application

Kindergarten applicants are required to submit the World Academy application, a progress report (or other form of record) from their Preschool program, and written permission to communicate with, including the contact information for, their Preschool Program and teacher. If your student is applying for Kindergarten and has not attended a school or childcare setting previously, World Academy reserves the right to request an additional meeting and/or testing prior to an Admissions decision being made.

Applicants to Kindergarten or First Grade who are not five and six years old, respectively, by September 30th of the year they enter these grades will be required to complete a Gesell test at an additional cost prior to an admissions decision. More information about the Gesell Testing process and a testing date can be obtained by contacting the World Academy Admissions Office at 603.888.1982.

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Admissions Documents

Kindergarten through Grade 8 applicants are required to submit the following:

  • Completed World Academy application
  • Up-to-date academic record from the school(s) the student has most recently attended, including last report card and standardized testing scores
  • Application Fee of $100
  • Recommendation Form(s) completed by current teacher

The Admissions Committee at World Academy reserves the right to request additional information, in writing, with regard to any applicant. Additionally, the Committee may deny an admissions decision to any student who is unable or unwilling to produce either written documentation or the necessary information for World Academy to communicate with teachers, support professionals, or other individuals who have been engaged in the student’s formal educational experiences and who can provide useful insight into the student’s ability to be successful at World Academy.

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Admissions Exam

Families of students applying to First through Eighth Grade should contact the Admissions Office upon deciding to apply, by calling Samantha Bonenfant, Director of Admissions at 603.888.1982 or via email at sbonenfant@worldacademynh.com. The Admissions Office will schedule an exam with the Admissions Administrator for a Saturday testing date, from 8-11 AM. The exam takes anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes and covers Language Arts, Math, and a Writing segment. Applications should be submitted before or on the date of the scheduled exam.

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Admissions Decision

Once the above requirements have been satisfied in full, World Academy will return an Admissions decision to the student and his or her family.

Upon receiving an acceptance decision, please register your student for class immediately. Registration documents and fee must be submitted to the school within two weeks of an acceptance decision to secure the student’s enrollment in the class. Student health and immunization records along with signed authorization releasing the student’s records from his/her previous schools to World Academy should be submitted. Due to a limited number of available spaces, we ask that families please return Registration Fees and paperwork in a timely manner to ensure their student’s placement in our program. World Academy reserves the right to deny the registration of an accepted student if the class has reached capacity or additional information on the student indicates the student may not be a good fit for our school.

 

Meet the Staff

Kathleen Nelson

Founder / President

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Dr. Lisa Dias

Head of School

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Marie Kirk

K-8 Principal

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Pam Morganelli

ELA Department Head / Grade 8 Language Arts and Social Studies

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Srilakshmi (Sri) Sankar

Mathematics Department Head / Middle School Math Teacher

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Sarah Bishop

Middle School Teacher / Afterschool Coordinator

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Marybeth Arling

Middle School Teacher

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Barbara Carey

Paraprofessional

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Nicole Cook

Middle School Teacher

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Jennifer “Jenn” Der Garabedian

Middle School Teacher

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Charles Moak

Middle School Language Arts / Afterschool Teacher

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Gisele Rubino

Middle School Science & Math

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Sherri St. Lawrence

Grade 5 and 6 Science Teacher

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Enrichment Staff

Maria Bronfine

K-8 French Teacher

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Erik Congdon

Athletic Director, Physical Education Teacher & Boys Soccer and Basketball Coach

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Ana DeAnda

4-8 Spanish Teacher

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Laurie Deneault Collins

Music / Chorus Teacher

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Teresa Iannone

Art Teacher / Afterschool Teacher

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This being our first year at World Academy we can honestly say that we are happy with the progress our 2nd grader, Ashley Ross has made. The transition has been flawless and Ashley loves coming to school every day. She has made great friends and her teacher Mrs. Karen Stone has been truly wonderful! - Colin and Theresa Ross

Enrichment

World Academy offers many educational enhancements and much enrichment for every stage and age. Our enrichment programs are an important feature of a World Academy education and offer extra value to our World Academy experience. Specialists in the following disciplines meet with the students on a weekly basis:

Art

Our Arts Program provides students with the opportunity to express themselves visually. Our program explores the elements of art including shape, form, line, space, color, value and texture. Through the year, using different media, students develop their critical thinking skills including decision making, problem solving, creative and evaluation skills. Art production skills are developed using a variety of two and three-dimensional media. When applicable, art history knowledge and concepts from other disciplines are also incorporated into lessons.

Health

Our Health Education program fosters student development of knowledge and skills needed to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. Designed to motivate students in Grades 1 – 8 to improve and maintain their health, prevent disease, and reduce health-related risk behaviors, our curriculum is based on the National Health Education Standards, with program topics including: Nutrition, Personal Health, Physical Activity, Environmental Health and Injury Prevention, Smart Choices for Healthy Living, Internet Safety, and Bullying Prevention.

World Languages - French, Spanish, and VLACS

Students in K-3 will complete a half year of instruction in both languages (with Kindergarten continuing to take Sign Language). All students are required to take a language each year. We currently offer French, Spanish, Sign Language, Latin and Mandarin (through the online VLACS program). German is on our horizon. Students in Grades 4-8 will have the option to concentrate on the language path of their choice (French or Spanish). Grades 7 & 8 may also opt for our VLACS (Virtual Learning Academy Charter School) offerings of Mandarin and Latin. Second language learning offers cognitive, creative, and critical thinking benefits. In addition, knowing other languages and understanding other cultures is an important 21st century skill that students will need in order to live and work in a global society.

Music & Chorus

Singing, dancing, storytelling, acting, creative expression, and rhythm exercises are some of the curriculum components engaging K- Grade 8 students on a regular basis. In addition, the music program incorporates the progressive series Share the Music from McGraw Hill. This series supplements the curriculum with concepts including music theory, history, social and cultural commonalities and diversities, various instrumentation and familiarity with acclaimed performers. Students begin to take the recorder in Grade 3 and acoustic guitar at Grade 7.

Physical Education

We have a strong belief in the value of physical activity. Our Physical Education Program is designed to increase our students' awareness of the importance and benefits of physical activity while making physical activity enjoyable. By introducing various sports in a non-competitive atmosphere, we can assist our children in developing their own athletic interests and skills. Emphasis is placed on teamwork, cooperation, effort and good sportsmanship. Some activities during the year include Soccer, Basketball, Floor Hockey, Team-building challenges, Cheerleading, and fitness. Extracurricular activities include our Track Team, Soccer, Basketball, Dance, Cross Country, Ice-Skating, Skiing, Sledding and Karate. Summer activities include the above, plus Outdoor Swimming. World Academy is a member of the Tri-County Athletics League, where we compete at the Middle School level for Basketball, Soccer, Spirit Team, Cross Country, Track, and Co-ed Volleyball.

Technology

The Technology program's focus is to embed the use of these tools in the curriculum. Each grade level program is tailored from year to year to benefit the students' learning styles and development while targeting the topic being studied. Utilizing the 1:1 iPad lab, our technology leaders work hand in hand with classroom teachers and students on a weekly basis. Our mobile station is also available for teachers to utilize as needed to assist in their classroom curriculum. The Middle School teachers use an iPad cart housed within the new school building to access specialized applications that will invigorate their students’ creative use of technology within the classroom. In addition to making technology an extra learning tool, we hope to inspire critical thinkers, problem solvers, analytical investigators and creative imaginative scholars.

Sign Language

Our Kindergarten students’ sign language classes introduce and expand their vocabulary, as well as, provide a basis for another type of communication. Classes focus on proper hand positioning, recognition and reproduction of signs.

Grades 4-8 Enrichment Electives

Every quarter, students in the Middle School have an elective class that is designed to introduce topics and skills that are meant to be a fun, hands-on way to learn another subject area. These progressive classes are meant to integrate 21st century skills into the curriculum while providing a balance with the core academic offerings to develop the “whole child”. Some offerings in the past have been: Kitchen Chemistry, Fun With Physics, Lego Designer and Publishing, Improvisation, Create Like the Masters, Cooking Around the World, Rock Climbing, Acting 101/Monologues, Lyrical/Modern Dance, Geocaching, Sketch Comedy Writing, and Cooking 101.

Other educational enhancements of World Academy

  • Individualized Educational plans for each student
  • Gesell and Terra Nova testing
  • Guidance and articulation for continued student success and placement
  • Seamless curriculum coordination and multiple intelligences considerations for every ability level and through all grades
  • Community service incorporated into the curriculum
  • Reading Olympics, "Book It", and D.E.A.R. Literacy Programs that encourage the love of reading
  • Sunshine Math and Sum-It Math enrichment programs
  • Character Education program highlighted by monthly assemblies, student awards and spirit day themes
  • Participation in the National Geography Bee
  • Field Trips to curriculum-related educationally stimulating locations such as Seacoast Science Center, Christa McAuliffe Planetarium, Boston Museum of Science, SEE Museum, and Palace Theater (theatrical performances)
  • 3rd & 4th grade "Fit Kids" health program taught by Dr. Charles Capetta from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic
  • Various safety programs at different levels to support efforts to stay healthy and safe - "Risk Watch", Safe Child and NPD Peer Pressure Awareness Program
  • Author's Tea held in May offering an opportunity for our students to share their own works of literature St. Jude's Math-a-thon and MDA Hop-a-thon alternately
  • St. Jude's Math-a-thon MDA Hop-a-thon alternately
 

Extracurriculars

World Academy offers a constantly progressive schedule of extracurricular and intramural activities for Elementary and Middle School students, in addition to the enriched curriculum and electives programs. The introduction of new and additional sports, clubs and activities is based on student interest.

Take a look at some of the activities below:

  • Drama Club
  • Lego Robotics
  • Intramural Sports
  • Show Choir
  • Ski Club
  • Peer Leadership
  • Student Council

I love to go to World Academy every day. I have met a lot of great teachers and friends at your school. I have learned a lot too! This is the best school! I wish I could stay here forever but I have to grow up. Thank you World Academy!!! - Andy Xu

Tuition

All programs include morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack, and all day education curricula. Breakfast is included for all students who attend prior to 8 AM.

Our World Academy school year calendar schedules 182 days for students. The State of NH requires 180 days for instruction.

Please call or email Samantha Wingate swingate@worldacademynh.com for pricing.

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