Students continue their educational journey through the middle school years with a rigorous and comprehensive program at Esperero Canyon or Orange Grove. Students participate in English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, world languages, and health/physical education on a daily basis. Beginning in sixth grade, instruction in the arts is driven by specialization with students choosing from one of the following: band, choir, orchestra, or visual art. These classes meet daily for the same amount of time that other classes meet for the entire academic year. Our academic program challenges students to engage deeply in learning, applying critical and creative thinking, problem solving, systems thinking, communication, citizenship, and collaboration skills. Inquiry-based, project based, and other authentic learning experiences are the foundation for an exciting educational program. Students are equipped with the necessary strategies and tools that prepare them for success in high school.