Hancock Day School

(912) 351-4500

Fax: (912) 351-4550

Hancock Day School

6600 Howard Foss Dr.

Savannah, GA 31406

(912) 351-4500

Fax: (912) 351-4550

Middle School

Our son loves school

We looked at several schools, but Hancock felt right from the minute we entered. Our son loves school, and we are beyond thrilled at what he is learning and the approach of the whole child the teachers use. Hancock is the perfect fit for us.

Akisha Lowe

2017-09-28T09:54:02+00:00

Akisha Lowe

We looked at several schools, but Hancock felt right from the minute we entered. Our son loves school, and we are beyond thrilled at what he is learning and the approach of the whole child the teachers use. Hancock is the perfect fit for us.

Academically challenging

My three children attend the lower school at Hancock. It is academically challenging yet nurturing.

Kari Herrin

2017-09-28T09:54:58+00:00

Kari Herrin

My three children attend the lower school at Hancock. It is academically challenging yet nurturing.

Feels like a family

We have been so happy at HDS! Really feels like a family and I know my boys are so loved there. The teachers and staff are second to none.

Erin Lambright

2016-03-14T15:19:08+00:00

Erin Lambright

We have been so happy at HDS! Really feels like a family and I know my boys are so loved there. The teachers and staff are second to none.

One of a kind

We couldn't be happier that our paths led us to Hancock Day School. The learning experience our son is receiving is not only one of a kind, but also nurturing and kind. We are so happy that he wakes up excited to go to school and is picked up excited to share what he learned for the day.

Shannon Marshall

2016-03-14T15:19:18+00:00

Shannon Marshall

We couldn’t be happier that our paths led us to Hancock Day School. The learning experience our son is receiving is not only one of a kind, but also nurturing and kind. We are so happy that he wakes up excited to go to school and is picked up excited to share what he learned for the day.

Across all grade levels, a strong emphasis is placed on scientific principles and procedures. This can be seen through our numerous lab activities and student-based research projects.  Students often make and use models to represent the different structures and systems being studied. The development of critical thinking skills is emphasized in laboratory and cooperative group settings where students are able to share ideas and analyze information.  

Earth Science

Earth Science is designed to help students understand the characteristics of Science and the study of the Earth’s composition, structure, processes, and history. The school places emphasis on historical contributions in the development of scientific thought about the Earth and space. The interpretation of maps, charts, and tables is stressed. The year starts with an introduction to the scientific method, lab skills, and lab safety. Major topics of study include plate tectonics, earth history, the atmosphere, weather and climate, and the solar system. Students are responsible for current events concerning various aspects of science.  This course is offered to sixth grade students.

Life Science

This course explores the nature of our living world through building on the science skills learned in previous years.  Students become more familiar with the scientific methods through controlled experiments.  The year begins with a review of scientific processes, lab skills and lab safety, covering topics ranging from the cell and its processes to heredity and ecosystems. Students explore dichotomous keys and study viruses and bacteria, which includes conducting extensive research in order to gather the newest information on topics of interest. They also study various phyla in the plant and animal kingdom, and incorporate lessons on human anatomy and physiology.  Preserved specimens and dissections are used to enhance instruction in this course.  This course is offered to seventh grade students.

Physical Science

Physical Science continues the investigation of scientific principles that began in the lower grades, and strengthens students’ knowledge base as they prepare to move from middle school into higher-level science courses. A heavy emphasis is placed on the scientific method and lab safety education. This course is a broken into two core topics:  chemistry and physics. This includes more abstract concepts such as the structure of atoms, chemical reactions, forces and motion, and the conservation of energy and matter.  This course is offered to eighth grade students.  

Our mathematics program is designed to encourage curiosity and creativity, as well as to develop the strengths of each student through a student-centered, hands-on learning environment.  Expectations are high for each middle school student, and the faculty are committed to helping all students develop a respect and appreciation for mathematics. Mathematics is needed in the classroom, but more importantly, it is needed beyond the school setting. Therefore, Hancock Day School ensures that mathematics is presented practically and applied to “real-world” situations.

Accelerated Math 7

The focus of this course is on rational numbers, their operations, and their algebraic representations.  Students will build their understanding of these concepts using various models.  Students will also apply their problem-solving skills to real world applications and use estimation to check reasonableness.  Topics such as measurement conversions, averages, data displays, functions, basic geometry, and solving equations will give students the foundation that they need to develop their mathematical skills.  This course is offered exclusively to 6th grade students.

Pre-Algebra

This course teaches students to become proficient in operations involving integers and rational numbers including fractions and decimals.  Fundamental skills such as writing and solving ratios, proportions, and linear equations and inequalities are covered.  Students will also review graphing on the coordinate plane and expand upon it by graphing linear equations and inequalities using slope.  This course stresses problem-solving skills and applying these concepts in “real world” situations, such as interest and percent problems.  This course is offered to honors 6th graders and accelerated 7th graders.

Algebra I

This course develops fluency in working with linear equations through the study of tables, graphs, and equations. Solving linear equations and inequalities as well as systems of linear equations and inequalities are central principles of the Hancock Day School Algebra I education. Students will generate equivalent expressions, use formulas, simplify polynomials, and begin to study quadratic functions. The ability to analyze situations verbally, numerically, graphically, and symbolically will also be taught.  Algebra I is offered to honors seventh grade and accelerated eighth grade students, and students may be able to earn high school credit for this course.

Advanced Algebra

This course continues the study of algebra by deeply exploring algebraic concepts and applications such as solving quadratic equations by various methods, graphing quadratic functions, exploring the solutions of quadratic equations using the discriminant, simplifying radical expressions using the conjugate, and solving radical equations.  Students will also review exponent rules and solving systems of linear equations.  Additionally, students will also explore some geometric concepts such as triangle properties, area of polygons, surface area and volume of solids, and right-triangle trigonometry.  This course focuses on critical thinking and creative problem solving to “real world” situations, and it is offered to honors eighth grade students.  

Geometry

In this course, students will deeply explore fundamental Euclidean geometric concepts and progress to more advanced topics such as properties of parallel and perpendicular lines, similarity, and right-triangle trigonometry.  Students will also study properties of triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, and circles, as well as surface area and volume of solids.  The course will continue to present these concepts along with their practical applications.  Students will also learn inductive and deductive reasoning skills and apply them constructing logical proofs of the various theorems they will study throughout the year.  This course is offered to our honors eighth grade students, and they may be able to earn high school credit for this course.

Accelerated Track

Honors Track

6th Grade

Accelerated Math 7

Pre-Algebra

7th Grade

Pre-Algebra

Algebra I

8th Grade

Algebra I

Advanced Algebra or Geometry

At Hancock Day School we believe in the importance of fostering a love of reading and writing from an early age.  All of our English Language Arts courses are designed with elements of student choice, creative assignments that give students an opportunity to express themselves, and a focus on fundamental reading strategies that build comprehension.  Grammar and mechanics and developed through the context of reading and writing, and students expand their vocabularies by studying Greek and Latin roots.  

Sixth Grade English Language Arts

This course exposes students to a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts as students learn to identify the author’s purpose, theme, elements of a short story, types of conflict, and characterization. Students also read poetry, study the dramatic form, and closely explore several novels. In addition to studying literature, the school year begins with personal writing to help students build fluency and style. From there persuasive and expository writing are introduced, which then lead to research fundamentals and a research-based project. Vocabulary and grammar skills are also further developed through a study of Greek and Latin roots and SAT words as well as an emphasis on parts of speech and sentence parts. Students use a variety of materials to practice correct sentence construction along with frequent editing of written work as additional reinforcement for these skills.

Seventh Grade English Language Arts

This course challenges students to think critically about literature and its influence on the world in which we live. Students grow more confident with the writing process through frequent writing and editing of their own work.  A sampling of seventh grade writing assignments includes a full-length creative short story, brochures using persuasive techniques, and literary analyses with specific textual support. Students are expected to move beyond simply identifying literary elements by exploring the roles that tone, mood, foreshadowing, and point of view can play in a text. Vocabulary education and development continues through the study of Greek and Latin roots, and students study grammar in the context of reading and writing.  

Eighth Grade English Language Arts

This English Language Arts course is designed around thematically linked texts that provide students with an opportunity to learn about literature while also exploring their own values and beliefs. Students sharpen their verbal and written communication skills through engagement in lively class discussions. Grammar instruction is tailored to the individual needs of each class, and lessons target common errors from writing assignments. Vocabulary development continues through the study of Greek and Latin roots, SAT vocabulary words, and words pulled from the novels explored.  By focusing on sharpening reading and writing skills, students are prepared for success at the high school of their choice. 

Our Social Studies courses are designed to help students become informed, active participants in our democratic society.  By examining primary sources, students are encouraged to think critically and form their own conclusions about important events in history.  Geography is explored throughout all three years of middle school, and our studies culminate with the eighth grade trip to Washington, D.C.

Ancient Civilizations

Our Ancient Civilizations course introduces a thematic approach to the development of civilization and society as it exists today. Students examine units including early humans, early farmers and city dwellers, Mesopotamia, Egypt, ancient Hebrews, ancient Greeks, Chinese and Indian civilizations, and Rome. In addition, students are exposed to themes including economics, political systems, religions, and social, and cultural traditions. Students are expected to analyze what allows humans to progress to new, more advanced levels of society. Using critical thinking skills to dissect these themes, students establish cause and effect trends and draw important correlations to our present day society. Students area also expected to display a working knowledge of geography. This course is offered to our sixth grade students.

American History & Government – Part 1

American History is the first portion of a two-year plan that allows students to explore key events in our nation’s history.  This course begins with the foundation of our nation from pre-European settlement and moves chronologically through our nation’s history, with major units on colonial America, the American Revolution, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and World War One.  Critical thinking and analytical skills are emphasized throughout the year.  There is a strong focus on fostering a general knowledge of American historical information while developing the critical thinking, reasoning, and analytical skills necessary for success in later stages of education. Primary sources are utilized in the classroom with the goal of allowing students to form their own conclusions about significant events in our history and their effects on our present day society.  This course is offered to seventh grade students.  

American History & Government – Part 2

This course continues to build on the concepts of American History introduced in previous social studies courses.  Students gain an understanding of American political heritage with a goal of fostering the critical skills necessary for success in further stages of education.  Students continue to review both primary and secondary sources as they learn to read critically and draw their own conclusions.  Additionally, the course focuses on each branch of the United States government with major projects incorporated into each unit.  World geography is also studied.  This class is offered to our eighth grade students, and it culminates with a trip to Washington, D.C. where students witness our government in action.

Because we know that early exposure to language is key to developing competency, our students begin their study of the Spanish language and culture at the Prekindergarten level. With this early start, a formal sequential curriculum, and a proficient faculty, all of our students enter high school with at least one Spanish credit. Our middle school Spanish program is designed to help students continue their linguistic training while also giving them an opportunity to creatively express their ideas through writing assignments and projects. With continued guidance and encouragement, students advance from theme to theme building their second language comprehension every step of the way.

Sixth Grade Spanish

In this course students will continue building their foreign language skills in basic conversation and progress towards the foundational grammar functions. Each unit’s vocabulary and grammar and designed sequentially to build on each other.  By the end of sixth grade, students engage in basic conversations, provide and obtain general information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.  

Seventh Grade Spanish

This course focuses on the continued development of communicative competence and cultural understanding. Students become creative with the Spanish language as they grow more confident in their conversational skills. By the end of seventh grade, students engage in more sophisticated conversations, provide and obtain information, express an array of feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions. Students also understand and interpret written information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.

Eighth Grade Spanish

Previous foreign-language instruction comes to fruition in eighth grade as students are challenged to think critically and engage in substantive conversations.  After a review of all previously learned vocabulary and grammar, students begin to piece all acquired knowledge together to form one cohesive story. By the end of eighth grade, students engage in meaningful conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and discuss opinions. Students also understand and interpret written information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.