Grades 5 – 8

In our middle-school grades, students prepare for a life of Christian service and learn to know Jesus more deeply.  They develop organizational and planning skills, become increasingly responsible for their own work and as members of a Catholic learning community.

They read increasingly complex texts, participate in research across the content areas, write for a variety of purposes and learn to support their statements with facts and examples.  They increase their academic and general vocabulary, and learn to evaluate what they read and hear.  They create visual images that support their oral reports and written work, and leave us able to write essays, poetry, narratives, and arguments.  They participate in debates that enhance their understanding of the curriculum and develop their writing, speaking, and listening abilities.

At this age, students deepen their understanding of numerical relationships (ratio and proportion), become proficient at working with rational numbers, expressions, functions and equations, make use of statistics and probability, and develop an understanding of symmetry, congruence, geometric properties, and irrational numbers. 

Their work in Social Studies deepens their ability to gather, interpret, and use evidence, strengthens their chronological and geographical reasoning, teaches them to place events in their specific context, clarifies their understanding of the related impact of geography, economics, and history, and encourages them to see the impact of human beings on each other and on the planet, developing a sense of mutual responsibility and good stewardship.

They encounter these big ideas through examining the Western and Eastern hemispheres, past and present, and through a careful study of the United States from the time of the indigenous peoples through the 21st century.  As they grow, they examine these important facts and concepts through the lens of our Catholic faith.

Science in the middle-school years helps students to understand their world, to look at problems or questions as scientists: developing hypotheses and designing, carrying out experiments, and evaluating what they have learned.  They study physical and chemical properties of matter, biomes, reproduction and genetics, making healthy choices, food webs, ways that living things survive/thrive, interdependence, the impact of technology, geology, relative motion and perspective, interactions among air, water, and land, and plate tectonics.  They become very comfortable with probes, scales, microscopes, and the other tools of the sciences.