Student Course Selection
Welcome to the Groton Middle School Family.
This guide is a resource for you and your family to help you navigate the journey through middle school. It includes a description of courses at grade levels 6-8 in core academic areas, electives, and magnet themes. It will guide you through the process of selecting courses for the next academic year, as well as provide information to make the transition to middle school a positive experience.
If you need further information or you have a question concerning your child’s middle school programming, contact your school counselor for guidance. Counselors and their email addresses are listed below or you may click on the school counseling page.
Groton Middle School commits itself to:
Provide a gradual transition from the relatively self-contained elementary program to the departmentalized high school.
Create an atmosphere which fosters optimum student growth in the basic subject areas by allowing for flexible scheduling of class time.
Provide exploratory programs in other academic and skill areas which capitalize on the natural intellectual curiosity of this age group.
Develop the physical, social, and creative potential of the student.
Foster the development of responsibility through self-discipline and independent learning.
Enhance the student’s self-concept and tolerance of others.
Provide special services to accommodate the unique needs of individual students.
Provide co-curricular activities to involve students in areas of their particular interests.
Encourage parents and community to become involved in the educational process.
Groton Middle School is a STEAM Magnet School
The goal of STEAM-based learning is to help students develop the skills they need to be successful in the future. Regardless of the specific role or industry, it is now critical that students go off to college and/or enter the workforce with a set of well-rounded skills that allow them to adapt to an evolving and fast-paced environment. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) is about incorporating applied arts and creative thinking to situations. Our programming is based on real world applications and brought to life through our inquiry-based curriculum and strong community partnerships.
See a list of our partners below.
Get Started Making Your Course Selections and Planning Your Schedule
We've put together videos, step by step instructions, and sample schedules to assist you in making your course selections.
Our STEAM Partners
International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme
Groton Middle School is in the accreditation process of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. The MYP is designed for students aged 11 to 16. It provides a framework of learning that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement—essential qualities for young people who are becoming global leaders.
provides students with opportunities to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need in order to manage complexity and take responsible action for the future
ensures breadth and depth of understanding through study in eight subject groups
requires the study of at least two languages (language of instruction and additional language of choice) to support students in understanding their own cultures and those of others
empowers students to participate in service within the community
Inquirers • Knowledgeable • Thinkers • Communicators • Principled Open-minded • Caring • Risk-takers • Balanced • Reflective