Middle School Grades 6-8

Middle School Grades 6-8

Grades 6-8

Middle School at St. Paul’s prepares our students for success in high school. Our goal is to graduate students who are spirit-filled, academic achievers who are persons for others.  98% of St. Paul’s students attend Catholic high schools while a very small number opt for private or public high school placement.

Curriculum Highlights

 

  • Religion – Use an ADLA approved text to guide curriculum and the school day begins and ends with prayer. The school is blessed to have several of the parish priests and lay people serving as our chaplains who support the students through their spiritual journey.  Chaplains also preside at grade level school and evening liturgies. Age appropriate classes in human sexuality and drug education are conducted at each level.

  • Language Arts and Social Studies – curricula uses Core Literature as a foundation and focuses on critical thinking, fictional and non-fictional text analysis, development of writing, and reading strategies.

    • Part-time teacher assistant daily for support (grades 6-7)

  • Math – Organized in small, homogeneous groups (10-20 students per class) and utilizes curriculum based on Common Core Standards.

    • Variety of measures considered to allow students opportunities for grade level and advanced math classes

    • The following courses are offered in 6-8th grades:

      • 6th grade Common Core or Honors 6th grade Common Core

      • 7th grade Common Core, Honors 7th grade Common Core or Common Core Algebra I

      • 8th grade: Introduction to Algebra & Geometry, Honors Algebra I or Geometry

  • Science – STEAM initiative developing through use of STEMscopes curriculum. STEMscopes is an engaging, inquiry based STEM curriculum that involves students in meaningful and interesting learning. Guided by the Next Generation Science Standards, students explore, touch, and interact with STEAM phenomena in ways that nurtures curiosity and challenges them to explain the world around them through hands-on investigations. This program builds a solid foundation of science knowledge and develops skills for further STEAM learning and future 21st century careers.

    • All 6th-8th grade students participate in annual spring STEAM fair

    • Dedicated science lab and Makerspace for hands-on learning

    • 6th-8th grade students learn how to build and code a basic robot during a trimester long project.

  • Enrichment Classes – Music, Art, Spanish and Physical Education.

    • Students receive 1 hour each of Music, Art, and Physical Education and 2.5 hours of Spanish per week.

  • Technology – Grades 6-8 are fully immersed in our 1:1 iPad program where students are expected to do all their work on a school-issued iPad on campus and at home.

  • 6th-8th –  1:1 iPads

  • Apple MacBook laptops are available in the Media center

  • Macbook laptops available in Media center

  • Teachers are equipped with laptops and iPads, Epson interactive projectors with Apple TV, and document cameras

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