Flagstaff Academy Middle School offers students a variety of art essentials/electives. These classes provide students the opportunity to explore different types of visual art, from basic drawing and painting techniques, visual thinking and cognitive thinking strategies, SMART goal setting, and risk taking. We also offer a digital photography class and stop motion animation class. Flagstaff Academy participates in the St. Vrain Valley School District's annual art show and many of our students have been recognized with top honors.
Our music program provides all students the opportunity to sing, play, move, listen and create. A variety of topics are covered at each level including musical elements, composers and multicultural music. Recorders are introduced in third grade and beginning woodwind, brass and percussion are offered in fourth grade. Beginning band is available to fourth and fifth grade students with multiple performance opportunties.
At the Middle School level, Flagstaff Academy's music program includes beginning, intermediate, and advanced band, Jazz band, and choir. The advanced band performed at the 2016 Colorado League of Charter School's annual conference and was one of only two middle school bands invited to participate at the 2016 St. Vrain Valley School District's Music and Choir Festival, held at Silver Creek High School.
Flagstaff Academy's Middle School Language Arts program has had a decade long partnership with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival's "Shakespeare and Violence Prevention" program, who performs anti-bullying themed pieces and holds workshops for the students. Our 8th graders were recently featured in one of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival's anti-bullying videos.
The Spanish Program at Flagstaff Academy is designed to foster students' enthusiasm for the Spanish language and its cultures. Spanish is introduced in third grade with instruction centering on learning basic conversational vocabulary in the target language. Fourth and fifth grade then builds on that context to deepen their ability to have conversations in the target language. The elementary grades use Calico Spanish Stories Online. Sixth grade works toward oral and written fluency, using the Santillana, Level 1 program and Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS). Spanish is offered as an essentia/elective in Middle School, which at its completion, is the equivalent of what is being taught at the district high schools' freshman year.
Throughout the program students are also taught about cultural aspects and celebrations of Hispanic countries, bringing to light the significance of our ever-increasing global community. In this manner, the average Flagstaff graduate is well-prepared to enter high school at the sophomore, Spanish II level.
For the 2018-2019 school year, we continue to expand our foreign languages offerings with a French Language Middle School essential/elective.