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Best Middle School Apps

These are 10 of the best apps for middle school handpicked by our editorial staff that'll both support and challenge kids in grades 6-8. You can explore targeted apps for your middle school classroom across every subject to help students acquire new skills and demonstrate learning. 

Middle school can be a difficult time for most students. The classroom structure changes and more is expected from students academically. In addition to growing pains, students are faced with new opportunities in education, new challenges socially and are given more responsibilities as they become young adults. Below are some great must-have apps that will help any middle school student the tools needed for success.

Algebra Touch

( iPhone, iPad )

Algebra touch is an interactive app that allows students to be a part of the problem solving process as they manipulate terms, solve equations, and even factor quadratics. The app provides instruction and support for algebraic thinking required by the Common Core State Standards. Whether a student is tapping the plus button to combine like terms, or factoring a number so they can physically slash and simplify, they are actively engaged in solving basic algebra problems. 

Cost: Free

Devices: iPhone and iPad

Subject: Maths


World’s Worst Pet – Vocabulary is an engaging English Language Arts game designed for fourth through eighth graders. This app helps children increase their vocabulary by taking players through an adventure. We love how the narrative grabs the attention of students without sacrificing the academic component. Children are introduced to domain-specific vocabulary words in word lists that are grouped by topic. The high-quality graphics and abundance of levels makes this a go-to app for vocabulary practice. 

Cost: Free

Devices: iPhone and iPad

Subject: English Language Arts



Wonders of Life is a vast multimedia collection of photos, streaming videos and fairly dense text. Professor Brian Cox, a physicist, would seem to be an odd choice to narrate the app, but much of the content looks at the origins of the senses, how animals expend energy, speed and other topics in his bailiwick. Subjects include the chemistry of water and why it's essential to life, how insects use surface tension to walk on water and why giant insects once found in fossils no longer exist due to changes in the earth's oxygen concentration.

Cost: Paid

Devices: iPhone and iPad

Subject: Science



Knights and Castles

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Encyclopedia Britannica has many apps for mobile devices geared at teaching children about important topics in social studies and science. Upper elementary schoolers looking to explore history will love Knights and Castle. This comprehensive resource includes articles, games, quizzes and multimedia that will support children as they dig into this history topic. 

Cost: Paid

Devices: iPhone, iPad and Android

Subject: History


Stack the Countries™

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Stack the countries is an educational geography game teaching and testing students on the countries of the world and their shapes, neighbours, landmarks, capital cities, languages, flags, and other geographical facts. The game supplies world maps and flash cards with country facts that can be studied before playing the game portion of the app. Gameplay involves reading questions and choosing from four different countries or country shapes as the answer.

Cost: Paid

Devices: iPhone, iPad and Android

Subject: Geography


iTooch Middle School

( iPhone, iPad )

iTooch is the definitive reference for middle schoolers who need extra practice in math and language arts. The app offers 10,000 exercises geared for 6th, 7th and 8th graders. It's a great way to give your kids extra practice in an easy-to-use format that doesn't require the purchase of expensive workbooks or the time-wasting practice of printing out worksheets. 

Cost: Free with in-app purchases

Devices: iPhone and iPad

Subject: Math, Language Arts


NOVA Elements

( iPhone, iPad )

NOVA Elements brings the Periodic Table to life with stunning graphics and mind-blowing videos that showcase the unique properties of the elements. It's a must-have supplement for any chemistry or earth sciences curriculum.

Cost: Free

Devices: iPad

Subject: Science


A great media creation tool that could be used all year long for everything from posters to videos, but teachers will need to make learning goals clear. This one-stop shop for creating sleek graphics, web stories, and animated videos is incredibly easy to use and challenges students to think critically about visual presentation.

Cost: Paid

Devices: iPhone and iPad

Subject: Arts