Middle School 6-8 Grades

Middle School Education at St. Monica Catholic School

St. Monica Catholic School will strive to develop, as far as possible, what is uniquely human in our students. We will equip our students with the skills, habits, and aptitudes necessary to embrace truth and to become the person he/she was truly created to be.

In middle school it becomes clear that no aspect of our school’s life is truly extra-curricular or falls outside our core mission of education, because every aspect of the school’s programs- from the way the school prays, to the dress code of students and staff, the ongoing formation of the teachers, participation in the sacraments, the arrangement of furniture in the classroom, the activities during recess, the way technology is used, and the songs the children sing- reflect the school’s judgement and priorities about the education mission.

In the “logic” stage (roughly grades five through eight), children learn to analyze, question, discern and evaluate. Students learn to think through arguments, pay attention to cause and effect and begin to see how facts fit together. This is where the study of algebra and how to propose and support a thesis comes in.

Teachers facilitate learning activities that intentionally allow for Middle School students to analyze and integrate content from all subjects, to investigate global issues, answer complex questions, and develop solutions for challenges and real world problems. Our students build self-confidence, strengthen leadership skills and lead the school in faith.

Literature & Language Arts Program

Our middle school students enjoy exploring the literary arts in a challenging environment of inquiry, analysis, and experimentation. Our program is structured on a systematic approach to learning about literature and the English language. Along with practicing high-complexity literary analysis, we study formal grammar, vocabulary, and elocution styles and strategies in order to better understand the structure and art of the books, short stories, poems, films, and various other texts we study together.

Middle School Math

St. Monica Catholic School uses Walk to Math, where every student takes math at the same time to allow for movement to a level they are ready for and challenged by. We use Saxon Math which is a superior and proven math curriculum that helps students build a solid foundation for future classes in Algebra and other mathematics courses including Geometry. Our students gain the skills required for solving equations, evaluating expressions, and simplifying expressions.  Students will learn how Algebra is linked to other areas of mathematics, such as statistics, probability, and geometry. They will complete problems, and practice exercises that are designed to develop logical and mathematical reasoning; explore and develop concepts and ideas, then practice them along with procedural skills; and learn how to apply math to solve real world applications.

Science

Middle School Science curriculum is taught on a three year rotation. By the time our 8th graders graduate all three domains will have been received.

  • Earth and Space: Weather and Climate, Inside Earth and Astronomy
  • Biology: Human Biology and Health, Characteristics of life; Cellular Theory, structure, and function; Heredity and Genetics
  • Physical Science: Matter, Forces and Motion, Energy Sound and Light, Electricity and Magnetism
History

Middle School History is taught using primary resources with Catholic world view textbooks in the following areas, Ancient Civilizations, World Geography and US History.

Religion

Middle School Religion curriculum covers Old Testament, New Testament, Missionary Discipleship, Church History and Morality.