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Middle School

High academic standards, outstanding extracurricular opportunities, and in-depth study and practice of the Catholic faith set the middle school program at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School apart. Our curriculum offers a variety of learning experiences that build the relationships, knowledge, and skills needed to succeed both inside and outside of the classroom. At the middle school level, students learn in a departmentalized program for all subject areas in a nurturing environment, helping them identify their strengths so that they may best prepare for high school, college, and productive careers.

The middle school years at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School are an exciting time as students become increasingly independent with their studies and begin to take more responsibility for their learning.

Curriculum Highlights:

Religion/Family Life

  • Daily schoolwide prayer
  • Friday Community Prayer services
  • Monthly schoolwide Masses and regular grade level Masses
  • Advent/Lenten reconciliation
  • Monthly adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
  • Christian Service Projects
  • Annual retreats
  • RCL/Benzinger Faith First Religion series, the Benziger Family Life series, Scripture reading and study, Pflaum Gospel Weekly publications
 

Literature/Reading/Vocabulary

  • Vocabulary development, comprehension, written response to literature, and discussion through Prentice Hall series, Sadlier-Oxford vocabulary series, and selected core literature novels
  • Sadlier vocabulary program
  • Renaissance Learning STAR Reading Assessment program
  • Renaissance Learning Accelerated Reader program


English/Writing

  • Conventions of language (grammar, punctuation, capitalization, parts of speech, sentence structure, etc.)
  • Formalized writing instruction through Step Up To Writing program
  • Prentice Hall series


Spelling

  • Zaner Bloser phonetic spelling program which includes dictionary work, synonyms, antonyms, prefixes and suffixes; and word origins


Math

  • Accelerated (grade 6) and Advanced (grade 7-8) instruction
  • ALEKS individualized Math enhancement
  • Renaissance Learning STAR Math Assessment program
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt series


Science

  • Outdoor Science Camp (grade 6)
  • Ocean Institute (grade 7)
  • Science Fair Projects
  • Houghton Mifflin series and Holt Rienhart Winston series

 

Social Studies

  • Walk Through the Ancient World program (grade 6)
  • Nixon Library Geography contest (grade 7)
  • Holocaust Museum (grade 7)
  • Washington DC study trip (grade 8)
  • McDougal Littell


Technology

  • Skill instruction in computer basics: the Internet, keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheets, digital presentations, database, desktop publishing, multimedia, and web 2.0 technologies
  • Use of Microsoft Office, Apple Productivity Apps, Google Apps
  • Internet safety education 
  • Integration of technology in curricular subject areas


Physical Education

  • Basic skills, rules, teamwork and sportsmanship
  • Presidential Physical Fitness testing
  • Jump Rope for Heart


Fine Art

  • Meet the Masters program (4 times per year)
  • Art projects integrated throughout the curriculum in a variety of mediums


Music

  • Weekly music instruction (grade 6)
  • Diocesan Choral Festival 
  • Christmas programs (grade 6)
  • Fee-based instrumental after school instrumental program
  • Show Choir
 
Foreign Language
  • Spanish program (grades 6-8)