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Intermediate (Grades 7-8, class size 18)

The Glenburnie Approach to Intermediate School 

As students advance through Grades 7 and 8, they are involved in progressively more complex and integrated activities in order to acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enable them to make informed and rational decisions.

As students master appropriate skills, they are provided with natural extension and enrichment opportunities in all areas of the curriculum. It is our goal that each child is challenged and is achieving at his/her particular level of capability.

It is our belief that by nurturing adventuresome young people who are innovative problem solvers and strong critical thinkers, our students will graduate with a broad base of knowledge, sound skill foundation, and an enthusiasm for learning well beyond their years here at Glenburnie.

Glenburnie’s Emotional Intelligence ‘Awareness’ program of discussions and activities provides students with a greater understanding of themselves, their core values and related choices, as well as a common language to support positive social interactions whether in the classroom or out on the playing fields.

*Students from Grade 4-8 are invited to sign up for a variety of After School Clubs (3:30 – 4:15) which provide an introduction to different crafts and fun activities, sports, and academic support.

Intermediate Curriculum Details

At Glenburnie Private School, students in the Intermediate Grades (Ratios – 1:18) are provided with guidance to develop greater independence in their studies and a strong capacity for self-direction, both inside and outside of the school environment. To this end, students experience a full rotary program in all subject areas to prepare them for their High School years. Student ratios are 1:18.

The Intermediate curriculum provides a sound knowledge base in core academic disciplines, with a strong emphasis placed on the 21st Century outcomes: critical thinking and analytical skills, leadership opportunities, oral and written communication, intellectual curiosity and economics and global awareness.

Lessons are fast paced and are differentiated to meet individual student needs. Smart Boards, Smart Response, computers, and iPads are incorporated into lessons which address the auditory, visual and tactile learning styles of our students.

Students are expected to become active partners in their education. Students experience continuous opportunities for leadership experiences throughout their school day whether working individually or in groups, in formal presentations, partnering with younger students, or projects and assignments such as the Pay It Forward Science initiative so students can discover that they can ‘make a difference’ in their world.

We recognize that learning involves more than the acquisition of information. It involves such hands-on activities which include exploration, invention, relating/assimilating, communication and application of curriculum knowledge to real-world problems and situations.

Glenburnie students are well prepared to meet the challenges of any High School program they choose. Students are welcomed at private high schools locally, nationally and internationally. Registrars from private high schools have commented on how Glenburnie students stand out from their peer group: they have an excellent, well-rounded education, are emotionally intelligent in their social interactions, and demonstrate a strong empathy and compassion for others.

Knowledge and skills learned from the Music, Drama, Visual Arts, and Computer Technology subject specific classes are often integrated into each child’s grade level’s curriculum. For more information, please visit our Student Life pages.

Language Arts

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Cursive Writing
  • Grammar Application
  • Phonics/Spelling Patterns
  • Spelling Dictations and Applications
  • Functional and Creative Writing
  • Reading
  • Word Recognition (Sight Vocabulary Development)
  • Oral Fluency/Expression
  • Comprehension (Factual and Inferential)
  • Book Reports
  • Novel Studies


  • Number Sense and Numeration
  • Computations
  • Problem Solving
  • Measurement
  • Patterning and Algebra
  • Data Management and Probability
  • Geometry and Spatial Sense

Theme Studies

  • Science
  • History & Geography
  • Economics and Global Awareness
  • Social Science


  • Listening Skills
  • Oral Fluency
  • Vocabulary Development
  • Written Language and Grammatical Applications

Physical & Health Education

  • Health taught as a separate subject
  • Gross Motor Skill Development
  • Participation
  • Cooperation / Fair Play
  • Strategic Teamwork