Middle School 6-8 Grades

Faith, Knowledge & Leadership

Teachers facilitate learning activities that intentionally allow for Middle School students to analyze and integrate content from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to investigate global issues, answer complex questions, and develop solutions for challenges and real world problems. Middle School students will ask relevant questions, conduct research, refine questions based on research, and develop new questions that are relevant to understanding problems, global issues, or challenges. Teachers will also facilitate learning activities that allow middle school students to refine critical thinking skills by applying scientific investigation and the engineering design process

6th Grade – Building Trust and Friendship

7th Grade – Strengthening Leadership and Self-Confidence

8th Grade – Lead the School in Faith, Service and Friendship – High School Preparation

St Monica Middle School Presentation 2018

STEM + the Arts

STEM + the Arts education is an approach to teaching and learning that integrates real life applications of science, technology, engineering, and math through hands-on projects, which provide students with 21st Century skills such as problem solving, collaboration and communication while also opening potential future career paths.

1:1 Laptop Program

Students entering the 6th grade purchase a laptop for school use through the middle school years. The key benefit is the access to a digital resource at any time 24/7. Learners can take their laptop wherever they are so learning becomes a lifestyle not isolated to the classroom.

Language Arts

6th Grade: A rigorous course integrated with Literature, students work toward mastery of grammar skills, vocabulary acquisition, and organization and structure for both speaking/listening assignments as well as analytical writing.

7th Grade: Builds on the 6th grade program and focuses more specifically on fostering experience in analytical / interpretive writing skills, with major projects such as research essays, speech/debate units, and performance/interpretation of dramatic texts.

8th Grade: Students are challenged with extended writing assignments, focusing on grade-level grammar skills and vocabulary, while working toward mastery of organization, structure, and attentiveness to audience in formal academic writing across multiple disciplines.

Literature

6th Grade: Students explore samples of multiple genres of literature (such as poetry, short stories, mythology, novels, and nonfiction texts) in addition to building and extending active reading and analysis skills across multiple disciplines.

7th Grade: Builds and develops critical reading and fluency skills; students gain proficiency in questioning, analyzing, and drawing conclusions about texts from multiple literary genres and cultural perspectives, with a focus on gaining attentiveness to an author’s purpose and point of view.

8th Grade: Students use novels, short stories, poems, and non-fiction works for thinking about complex issues, they will interact with direct analysis, literature circles, written reflection and role-playing/skits.

Middle Math

Foundations: students build a solid foundation for future classes in Algebra and other mathematics courses, and 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.

Accelerated Pre-Algebra: students apply operations to rational numbers; work with radicals and integer exponents; use operations to generate equivalent expressions; solve numerical and algebraic expressions and equations; make connections between proportional relationships, lines, and linear equations; solve linear equations and pairs of simultaneous equations; use sampling and inference, and evaluate probability models; create, compare, and analyze geometric figures; and finally, perform rotations, reflections, and translations.

Algebra 1 is a rigorous full-year Algebra 1 course organized according to high school standards for mathematical content; will help prepare students for advanced courses such as calculus, advanced statistics, or discrete mathematics.  Students 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.
Geometry is offered on-demand.

Science

Middle School Science investigates the following domains,

Physical Science: Matter, Motion, Forces, Energy, Sound and Light, Electricity and Magnetism;

Earth and Space: Geology, Landforms, Atmosphere and Weather, Astronomy;

Life: Characteristics of life; Cellular Theory, structure, and function; Heredity and Genetics; Ecosystems and Environment.

Social Studies

6-8th Grades: Ancient Civilizations, World Geography, US History

Religion

6th Grade: Old Testament
7th Grade: New Testament /Missionary Discipleship
8th Grade: Church History and Morality/Family Program Leaders