At the Middle and Upper School levels, there is more emphasis on literature, vocabulary, reading for content, literary and interpretive analysis, and developing critical thinking skills. Middle-level written instruction includes spelling, paragraph dictation, copying, handwriting, grammar, the mechanics of sentence/paragraph structure and punctuation, creative writing, and composition. Upper-level written language classes continue instruction in spelling and grammar and mechanics, with an emphasis on writing skills, extending basic analytical writing skills to include the more demanding structures of research papers and expository essays.
TLC Subjects offered in the Middle School are English, Math, Spanish, Science, Social Studies, and ESL.
Teaching Methods in the Middle School for English and Math use components of The Hill Center Methodology and follow a modified Middle School curriculum. TLC teachers work with the same textbooks as EA teachers when applicable, and supplement with additional resources.
Teaching Methods in the Middle School for Spanish, Science, Social Studies follow a modified curriculum, work with the same textbooks as EA teachers when applicable, and supplement with additional resources.
The Middle School ESL program follows the EAX Methodology. Typically when a student acquires enough English vocabulary and reading skills, he is placed in a TLC Language Arts Class as a step between ESL and complete immersion.