Middle School

SCDS's Middle School—consisting of grades 6-8—provides a fluid but structured environment. The Middle School continues the single-subject teaching model used in the Intermediate School, and as students mature in their cognitive and creative development, they become responsible for their own independence and freedom. Students find secure and firm limits in the Middle School, but know it's elastic enough to permit exploration of their place within the social fabric of the school. Powerful learning experiences allow students to delve into intriguing subject matter at a rigorous level, and students begin to see themselves as school, local, national, and global citizens.

Analytical and critical thinking skills are key when progressing through SCDS's middle school curriculum. International class trips provide an opportunity for students to apply their work in humanities as they travel across the world, and students dig deeper in the classroom with mathematics, science, art, drama, speech and debate, physical education, Spanish or Mandarin, library, technology and Life Skills. SCDS's Middle School also celebrates the power of choice; beginning in sixth grade, students can select from over 50 elective offerings ranging from songwriting to historical geology to performing arts and video game development in order to supplement their core classes. Our middle school curriculum is conducive to self-starters and aims to produce graduates who leave SCDS with an appreciation for themselves, the community, and how they can contribute to the world around them.

Elective Offerings


  • Creative Writing
  • Environmental Justice 
  • Fairy Tales, Then and Now
  • Mandarin
  • Poetry
  • Science Fiction Universe
  • Screenwriting and Short Films
  • Algebra II
  • Anatomy and Physiology 
  • Environmental Science 
  • Geologic Catastrophes 
  • Historical Geology: Rocks and Processes
  • African Studies
  • History of Rock and Roll
  • Holocaust Studies
  • Introduction to Psychology/Adolescence 
  • Model UN
  • Native American Studies 
  • Participatory Action Research
  • Washington State History

Physical Education

  • Classic PE Games
  • Creative and Mindful Movement (Parkour & Aikido) 
  • Field Sports
  • Increasing Your Hand-Eye Coordination through Golf and Tennis 
  • Lifetime Fitness and Sports 
  • Mindfulness
  • School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Team Sports

Performing Arts

  • Beginning Band
  • Beginning Guitar Class
  • Choir
  • Concert Band
  • Music Composition
  • Rock Band
  • Songwriting
  • Stagecraft
  • Theatre and Performance
  • Theatre Production
  • Theatre Tech


  • 3D Modeling and CAD
  • Maker
  • Programming with Python
  • Robotics
  • Robotics with Arduino 
  • Video Game Development

Visual Arts

  • Art Making & History 
  • Ceramics 
  • Drawing Life: Realism to Fiction
  • Experimental Painting
  • Painting 101
  • Photography
  • Printmaking/Collage
  • Sculpture and 3D Objects
  • Short Film Making
  • Urban Drawing and Architecture