At all three grade levels, additional lessons are taught to build writing skills.  In 6th grade, there is a semester-long writing elective that is required for all students.  At the 7th grade level, there is a full year Advanced Argumentation and Debate elective. At the 8th grade level, there is a full year Advanced Creative Writing course.  In all three courses, engagement in the writing process is developed as students find their own individual voices and styles.  The additional focus on writing assists students as they attempt to successfully convey their ideas on paper.  The goal is to assist students as they grow comfortable with the writing process and develop the ability to apply their skills to a variety of writing assignments, regardless of purpose or audience.