Each year, students enroll in eight (8) courses and these are listed below.

Sixth Grade

Required courses in the 6th grade include English, U.S. History To 1865, Math, Life Science, Hebrew, Judaic Studies 6, PE/Digital literacy, and a semester of an Elective rotation (Art, Coding, Music, Theatre, and Vocial).

Seventh Grade

Required courses in the 7th Grade include English, Ancient Civilizations, Math, Earth Science, World Language, Judaic Studies 7, Physical Education, and an elective each semester of Fine Arts/Technology.

Eighth Grade

Required courses in 8th Grade include English, World Geography, Math, Integrated Physics and Chemistry (IPC), World Language, Judaic Studies 8, Physical Education, and an elective each semester of Fine Arts/Technology

Course Levels

Courses in the Middle School are designed to prepare students for academic achievement by developing content proficiency. Students are taught skills and strategies to maximize critical thinking and understanding. The courses are rigorous and specific to the subject area while taking into consideration the academic and emotional development of the whole student.
 
Honors courses parallel the curriculum offered in the corresponding standard course, and may cover additional topics or some topics in greater depth. Honors courses are standard courses that require a higher level of critical thinking. To achieve success in these demanding courses, students must demonstrate a greater aptitude in the subject area, as well as exceptional motivation, work habits and study skills.Honors courses offer additional assignments, beyond the regular assignments, that are more difficult in nature to challenge exceptional students. Honors courses are offered in Science, English, History, and Judaic Studies.

Placement

The following items are used for course placement:
 
New to Emery Students (including incoming sixth grade students) are placed in courses based on the following:
  • Standardized test scores
  • Writing Sample or EWS Placement Exam
  • Performance in prior course
Current students must meet 3 of the 4 criteria to enroll in honors or advanced classes:
  • Teacher recommendation based on demonstrated achievement and ability evidenced by classroom performance. 
  • Writing sample or EWS Placement Exam
  • Standardized test scores
  • Performance in prior course 
During the semester, if a student moves in or out of an honors section, the grades earned up to the point of the change will follow the student.