Mathematics & Technology
Middle School mathematics students wrap up a complete mastery of basic math (if not already done), including dividing fractions, mastering ratios and proportions, and are introduced to new mathematical concepts. Motivated students have the opportunity to complete Algebra or even move on to Geometry. Middle School math also covers probability and statistics, scientific notation and beginning geometric calculations. Students work independently with math supervisors who ensure each new concept is fully understood.
Students learn the theory behind formulas and calculations, increase their mathematical vocabulary and become adept at solving problems. Some preparation is also done for high school entrance exams; Delphi students routinely score well due to their proficiency in the basics and ability to solve problems using a variety of approaches and solutions.
Instant response computational skills in basic math facts are also developed and improved in Middle School through the use of Math Facts on the Computer (MFC), a self-run computerized program designed to achieve ever-increasing levels of instant response. Students drill daily to achieve rapid response on the four arithmetic operations through 12's and conversions of fractions, percents and decimals.
Students have use of pc computers and Macs and can learn to use programs for creating presentations, spreadsheets, movie editing, photo editing, music composition and simple word processing. All students learn basic computer usage, and seminars are also given that delve into computer hardware and involve taking a computer apart to examine and identify the internal components. Students may avail themselves of additional classes, seminars or clubs in robotics, movie making or graphic design. High-speed Internet access is provided in the classrooms and computer lab.
The science curriculum in the Middle School includes courses in elementary Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Microscopes and Microbes, and Electricity. This range of disciplines gets students examining topics such as: matter, the periodic table of elements, atoms, compounds, chemical reactions, human biology, cell structure, major systems of the body, bacteria and viruses, laboratory tools, circuits, switches, batteries, etc.
Every science course makes use of our science laboratory, where students can examine scientific phenomena firsthand. Each course gives the student an in-depth, thorough understanding of the subject and its application in the world. Students also choose three additional areas of scientific interest to explore further, in subjects ranging from simple electromagnetic devices, to solar energy and its applications, to animal biology including a dissection.
Knowing how to research effectively—to pose theories, make clear observations and draw accurate conclusions—is addressed as a vital component of scientific experimentation and discovery.
Middle School students participate in Delphi’s annual Science Fair. Students are expected to pose a question in a scientific area of interest, set up a standard experiment using the scientific method, utilize investigative tools and draw conclusions. Clarity of presentation, depth of research and effectiveness of the experiment are all part of the judging criteria. Guest judges from the community with doctorates in the sciences interview each student to assess the student’s personal understanding of the scientific phenomena represented, their initiative and knowledge. Awards are given based on the collective evaluations of all the judges.
Ambitious students have the opportunity to compete in larger fairs such as the Synopsys Science Fair and receive guidance and support to pursue this endeavor.