My ideal curriculum for a middle school student would encompass these classes which will prepare him for the next level of his learning:
Intensive emphasis on genre, contextual reading, inferential skills, vocabulary reading
One novel should be studied intensively per semester
Language arts/writing class
This should be a separate class from the reading/literature class. It should be based on learning to write and improving basic mechanics, variety in sentence structure, and paragraphing.
History divided into three parts: History up to the Civil War; after the Civil War through the depression; FDR to the present.
This is the time to instill a love of history. Re-enactments, costuming, plays--all of these activities will create a life long love of American history.
Computer training including how to type
This is a quotation from an article from Janice C. Cuny, a program director at the National Science Foundation: Today, introductory courses in computer science are too often focused merely on teaching students to use software like word processing and spreadsheet programs. The Advanced Placement curriculum concentrates narrowly on programming. We’re not showing and teaching kids the magic of computing.
Introductory courses in programming should not happen in high school. They should happen in middle school. But the training must also include typing basics so that we are not creating a world of hunt and peck students.
Foreign language (selecting one particular language)
Students who begin world language courses in the middle grades will develop good language learning skills, such as paying attention to context clues, guessing at cognates heard or read, repeating sounds, making mistakes and learning from them, memorizing high frequency vocabulary for rapid recall in conversation and interpreting.
I would love to throw in a humanities class. Hopefully, that will come in Junior High classes. These classes should be the core curriculum for my ideal middle school instruction. Mastery in the appropriate grade level material will prepare the student for the future he is working toward.