Through a developmentally appropriate, integrated approach, students in middle school will continue to engage in activities that promote positive social and communication skills. They will refine their ability to determine and comprehend various points of view, solidify their understanding of constructive ways to resolve problems and conflicts, and strengthen their personal and scholastic self-confidence. Academically they will increase their capacity for both self-direction and for constructive collaborative work. They will familiarize with various careers so they understand both what those careers entail and what types of learning will prepare them for those careers. Students will also increase their exposure to various cultures and communities at the local, state, national and international level.