Middle School Grades 6-8

Middle School Grades 6-8

Middle School at St. Paul’s is an academic transition time in order to prepare our students for success in high school. The goal is to graduate students who are effective communicators, have a life-long love of learning, and are able to utilize current technology.  98% of St. Paul’s students are accepted by and attend Catholic high schools while a very small number opt for private or public high school placement.

Departmentalized curriculum in grades 1-8 based on National Common Core standards and integrated with Catholic values and Student Learning Expectations.

The middle school curriculum features:

  •   The integration of technology begins in Kindergarten and continues through eighth grade.  Students use technology in all disciplines.
    • 5th-8th –  1:1 iPads
    • Laptop cart available in Media center
    • Teachers utilize: Apple laptops, Epson interactive projectors with Apple TV, and document cameras
  • Math is organized in homogeneous groups and utilizes curriculum based on Common Core standards
    • Variety of measures considered to allow students opportunities for grade level and advanced math classes (Algebra I and Geometry available for those who qualify)
      • 6th: McGraw Hill Math 6 (course 1)
        7th: Accelerated Mathematics (Common Core equivalent to pre-algebra)
        8th: Algebra 1; optional Geometry class offered concurrently to those who qualify
    • Reduced class size (10-20 students per class)
  • 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 (gr. 6-7)
  • Science – STEAM initiative developing through use of Stemscopes curriculum. Program incorporates hands-on learning in a student-centered classroom.  Coding and robotics are integrated through the grades.
    • All students participate in annual STEAM fair
    • Science Lab dedicated to hands-on experiments
  • Supplemental classes in students schedule weeklyMusic, Art Literacy, Spanish and Physical Education.
  • Religion – The elementary school is blessed to have several of the parish priests and lay people serving as our chaplains who support the students through their spiritual journeyChaplains also preside over grade school and evening liturgies/prayer services. Religion classes use an ADLA approved text to guide curriculum and the school day begins and ends with prayer

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