Curriculum

Athens College Junior High School’s curriculum has as its core the corresponding State curriculum with regard to courses, general objective guidelines, and teaching methodology.
Above and beyond the State curriculum, the School’s program provides additional teaching hours with an eye to enhancing and improving the quality of teaching by utilizing different approaches and modern supervisory techniques.

1.  The additional teaching hours are allocated per grade as follow:
7th Grade:  3 hours of English
8th Grade:  3 hours of English
9th Grade:  3 hours of English

2.   In many subject areas, teaching is supplemented by notes issued by the School’s Academic Departments, or by textbooks published by Athens College, as for example in Mathematics and Modern Greek.

3.
 There is widespread use of new technologies in the delivery of all Junior High School courses, as evidenced by the interactive whiteboards installed in our School’s classrooms and by the use of the Course Management System which allows communication between teachers and students beyond the classroom and beyond normal school hours.

4.  Certain courses in the curriculum are taught in English.  The rationale for this is two-fold: firstly, it provides students with additional practice in the English language; secondly, the subject matter and course objectives not only lend themselves, but are better communicated and understood, by being taught in English.
Courses taught in English are:  7th and 8th grade Home Economics, 8th grade Geography, and 9th grade Information Technology.

5.  The Health Education Program is targeted at 7th grade students and implemented in meetings led by trained personnel.  The objective of this program is to foster self-awareness, self-esteem, as well as respect for each member of the group, to establish and adhere to standards of conduct for which the students themselves are responsible to enforce, and to develop resistance to the dangers hidden in contemporary social reality.

6.  The School Library is used systematically by providing students with programs that familiarize them with Library’s layout and sections, thus enabling them to locate desired information or sources, and by providing them with guidance on how to approach research projects.

7.  Extracurricular activities are provided to cater to students’ special interests and talents.
The mandatory three-hour per week program of French or German can be extended to five hours for those students interested in an additional two-hour session held once a week after normal school hours.

8.  Students interested in Natural Sciences, as evidenced by their excellent performance in relevant courses, can attend, at no additional cost, the after-school “Mathematics & Physics Thinking” programs, offered during weekly two-hour sessions.
In order for these programs to be useful and productive, a genuine interest and commitment on the part of students is required in order to provide them with expertise in specific areas of Mathematics and Physics and in order to cultivate skills. (These programs offer students: an in-depth study of certain curriculum components; preparation for participation in national and international competitions; supplementary laboratory work. They require students to: organize events relevant to the program’s activities; complete complex projects, publish a magazine, etc.).

9. Finally, accompanying official course grades at the end of each term, analytical grade comments are provided in each subject aimed at helping students identify their strengths and weaknesses, as well as the precise skills they should be able to demonstrate.