Because of the growth and work done in our 6th-8th grade programs and the nature of this age group, students in 9th grade begin to raise the big questions and pursue the answers with openness. Our program is designed to encourage students to the develop one’s core values and knowledge of self. This process of constructive individuation and self-discovery is cultivated with inspiration, challenge, support, effort, and celebration of each person in a way that is unique to them.

By putting students into leadership positions, holding high expectations, and challenging them daily, our program is designed help each child become their best Selves. In the classroom, we stress the development of student skills and deeper thinking within the context of each discipline. We are fortunate to have an experienced team of teachers that share a love of the students and a love of the subjects taught. Together, we can help form a strong foundation in each student upon which can be built a meaningful and successful life.


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  • World History

    World History begins by going back to study human origins and comparing the theories of evolution with different cultural beliefs of creation. Students study ancient civilizations of India and China to examine the oldest continually practiced spiritual traditions still in existence. After the study of both ancient and modern India, students learn about Tibet and China and China’s relationship to the U.S. and the world. Then, students study the Middle East to gain awareness of cultures, chaos, and conflict in the region. Over the course of the year, students build a general working knowledge of the main events, ideas, characters, and relationships that have shaped world history. Throughout this course, students develop skills in critical thinking, reading, writing, note-taking, and public speaking.
  • English 9

    English 9 continues the preparatory emphasis begun at the eighth grade level. It is built around the study of American and world literature, expository and creative writing skills, and the fine-tuning of mechanics, usage, and style. Students gain critical thinking skills and develop an understanding of abstract thought as they discuss and write about what they have read. Through literature, students become exposed to new perspectives and learn to communicate their own thoughts orally and in writing. Honors English 9 is also offered to qualifying candidates.
  • Integrated Math I

    Integrated Math I is the first year of a three-year course that culminates in eleventh grade. Instead of teaching each section as a separate course, Integrated Math spirals between the following mathematical subjects: Algebra, Functions, Geometry, Statistics and Probability, and Number and Quantity. Each section of the class will be accompanied by different applications that are a natural extension of the principles understood. At least one day per week is devoted to a mathematics lab in which students explore ideas using creative venues. The emphasis is on provoking thought rather than memorization, so that students internalize the skills, concepts, and ideas of Math I.
  • Integrated Math II

    Integrated Math II is the second of a three-year course that traditionally culminates in eleventh grade. The same spiraling principles and practices apply as outlined in Integrated Math I. The Integrated Math II curriculum covers quadratic expressions and functions; comparing characteristics of linear, exponential, and quadratic functions; probability, factoring and trigonometry; equations of circles, chords and tangents.

    Note: For students who can demonstrate the ability to handle the acceleration required and wish to launch from this course at SBMS to an accelerated “Compaction” curriculum beyond SBMS, there will be a pathway to accomplish this. Compaction is a two-year course that covers Integrated Math II, Integrated Math III, and Pre-Calculus. Students who successfully complete Compaction Math II/III at SBMS will move into the second compaction course of Math III/Pre-Calculus and then onto Calculus in high school.
  • Integrated Math III

    Integrated Math III is the third of a three-year course that traditionally culminates in eleventh grade. The same spiraling principles and practices apply as outlined in Integrated Math I. The Integrated Math III curriculum also delves into topics such as working with inverse functions and logarithms. Students who successfully complete Integrated Math III will move on to Pre-Calculus and then Calculus in high school.
  • Honors Physics

    In this course your student will be exploring the relationship between energy and matter through quantitative reasoning.  Students will be learning and applying the laws of physics in this laboratory based curriculum and field science opportunities during their islands expedition. In addition, this course will be supplemented with the fundamentals of chemistry and use astronomy as a foundation of discussion exemplifying the union of the physical sciences.  
  • Spanish 2

    Spanish 2 follows national and state standards and is offered to ninth grade students who have successfully completed Spanish 1/2. Upon completion, students receive one year of High School credit for Spanish and are able to enter into Spanish 3. Students will develop intermediate-mid to high conversational use of complex grammar and writing skills in a highly engaging communicative and project-based environment.
  • Life Skills 9

    By providing students with detailed information and exploring current social issues, this course helps students develop and discover their personal values while navigating a healthy transition to adulthood. Through guest speakers, videos, individual exercises, and role plays, students become more knowledgeable about community resources and are better able to make educated and responsible choices for the future. Students earn high school credit for Family Health.

Meet Our Teachers

List of 7 members.

  • Photo of Jesse Wooten

    Jesse Wooten 

    Dean of 9th Grade / English, 9th Grade / Spanish, 6th Grade/ Sports / Chess / Ukulele
    Class of 1990
  • Photo of Danielle Bean

    Danielle Bean 

    Physics, 9th Grade / Ocean Science, 6th Grade / 6th & 7th Life Skills
  • Photo of Michael Jaeger

    Michael "Jaeger" Jaeger 

    Math, 8th & 9th Grade / Electives / Outdoor Education
  • Photo of Jake Lindelof

    Jake Lindelof 

    Math, 8th & 9th Grade / Athletic Director and Coach/ Electives/ Outdoor Education
    Class of 1993
  • Photo of Brian McWilliams

    Brian "Brian" McWilliams 

    Head of School / World History, 9th Grade
  • Photo of Jenna Newburn

    Jenna Newburn 

    Dean of 6th Grade / Humanities, 6th Grade / World History, 9th Grade
  • Photo of Kelly Rosenheim

    Kelly Rosenheim 

    Spanish, 9th Grade / Life Skills, Grades 8 & 9 / 9th Grade Community Service Coordinator
    Class of 1982

9th Grade Highlights

  • Channel Islands Research Expedition
  • Year-long Leadership and Service Opportunities
  • Community Service Week
  • Student-led Conferences
  • Physics Sustainability Project
  • Student Production of a Shakespearean Play
  • Spanish Fairy Tales and Intercambio
  • Honoring
  • Rites of Passage