Courses and Electives

The middle school day consists of homeroom, seven
50-minute periods, and a 30-minute lunch. Courses include:

  • English/Language Arts
  • Mathematics (Grade-level, High Achievers, or Accelerated)
  • Science
  • Health & Physical Education
  • Social Studies
  • Foreign Language (French, Mandarin or Spanish)
  • Arts Elective (Band, Orchestra, Chorus or Art) 

The academic year also features lectures from guest speakers, performances from touring artists, field trips to area museums, and an overnight trip to Space Camp. Eighth graders plan a capstone trip, spending 4 days at Concordia Language Villages, a cultural and language immersion camp in Minnesota. Beginning in 2021, the school will offer organized summer trips abroad for 5th-8th graders and their families.

Middle School, Language Curriculum 

GLOBE uses STAMP testing to determine each student's language proficiency and accuracy. STAMP test results are used to determine which language track a student should be in: standard or accelerated. 

  6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade
Standard Pace Level I Level II Level III
Accelerated Pace Level I/Level II Level III
Level IV
(supplemental opportunities offered to qualifying students interested in preparing for the AP exam).

Our goal is for students to be at the advanced low-advanced middle level by the end of middle school.

Learn more about Middle School Language at GLOBE Academy.

Earning High School Credit 

At The GLOBE Academy, our middle school students have the opportunity to take their foreign language courses for high school credit. In Middle School, our students follow the language curriculum of the Georgia Standards of Excellence framework. As GLOBE is a language school, we feel strongly that our middle school students should be provided this option, and that all students should be exposed to the high-level material a high school course contains. However, we recognize that not every student is prepared to earn high school credit for their academic efforts in middle school. 

Accordingly, we offer two alternatives for immersion students beginning in 6th grade:

  • Option 1: Level I & Level II language courses for high school credit
  • Option 2: Middle school language course

Read more about the Georgia Department of Education frameworks. French and Mandarin follow same thematic units as seen with Spanish, L1-III

Building a Village

At GLOBE we feel that the social and emotional education of our students is crucial during adolescence. Each student at Upper Campus joins a Village (red, blue, green, or purple) made up of 4th-8th graders and led by staff members and student leaders. Color Teams meet weekly in rotation of elementary/middle village groups, separately as elementary and middle schools, and as an entire school community to discuss important topics on community building and healthy relationships. We also celebrate student achievements. It’s also a great way for students to interact with a variety of students and staff across grade levels.


Middle school students can play on official school sports teams including soccer, basketball, volleyball, track and field, and cheerleading. GLOBE is a member of the Metro Atlanta Athletic Conference (MAAC) and plays against area public and private schools. More information about teams, tryouts, and game schedules can be found on our Athletics page

Clubs, Enrichments, & Afterschool Care

GLOBE offers a variety of clubs including Yearbook, Science Olympiad, Reading Bowl, 4-H, Girls on the Run, and more.  Visit our Student Clubs page for an updated list.

Middle school students can participate in afterschool enrichments or in our Afterschool Program which provides a fun, structured environment until 6:00 p.m. Check the Student Life section of our website for rates.

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