Middle School Grades 6-8

Our robotics program gives our students a taste of computer engineering.

The Old Testament, the life of Jesus Christ, the Sacraments, Church History and aspects of leading and living an active faith life are priorities in the religion curriculum in grades 6, 8 and 8. Supplemental themes such as the liturgical year, feasts of Mary, the saints, and prayer are also taught. Scripture is used to enhance the study of the Faith, as well as liturgies, paraliturgies, use of the chapel and community service projects.

English Language Arts
Students are immersed in classic and contemporary literature. The literature curriculum promotes and encourages the joy of reading. The students read short stories, novels, drama, poetry, myth and nonfiction. They develop selected writing activities that give them opportunities to be creative and enable them to share their talents with their classmates. Literary discussions and thought-provoking writing activities cultivate higher level thinking skills. Middle School curriculum provides the students with a direct relationship between grammar and writing and uses word processing skills to enhance writing assignments. The curriculum also includes spelling and vocabulary development. A strong emphasis is placed on the major aims of writing: to inform, to persuade, to explain, to prove, to entertain, and to describe. Our students have ample opportunity to present orally, including dramatic presentations.

Core lessons uncover the concepts and skills of pre-algebra and algebra. The mathematics program reflects the goals of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Guidelines also provide a progressive scope and sequence. Math classes are organized to include practice, homework check and review, challenge lessons and reinforcement/evaluation activities. Manipulatives, calculators and technology, as well as cooperative learning groups, are utilized to enhance learning. Students develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills, use manipulatives and online resources and are challenged with participation in mathematics competitions.

Students apply the scientific method as they learn concepts and skills from life science, environmental and earth studies and physical science. The curriculum is enhanced through the use of hands-on materials and experiments in the state-of-the-art Science Lab, as well as through research and online resources. As part of STEM curriculum, students in grades 6 and 7 discover the potential of programming in a robotics course of study. Grade 7 students participate in the annual Science Fair and are guided in their preparation for additional science competitions. Our teachers mentor students who wish to participate in an extracurricular engineering completion, Future City.

Social Studies
Sixth grade turns to the five themes of geography in studying Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe: region, place, location, human environment interaction and movement. The 7th and 8th grade social studies curriculum explores earliest civilizations in the Americas and chronicles American history to the present day. Students have the opportunity to learn through a variety of activities including role-playing, forensics and creative presentations. Our Middle School students participate in the Junior United Nations Program sponsored by the World Affairs Council. They research challenges facing people in today's world and propose solutions.

World Language
Students in grade 6 are introduced to the study of Latin with a focus on Greco and Roman societies. The Latin program in  grades 7 and 8 is designed to reinforce the study of English vocabulary and grammar. Latin vocabulary is taught both as a tool for translation and as a source of English vocabulary. The study of Latin is also intended to prepare the student for the formal study of a foreign language in high school. Students in grades 6, 7 and 8 participate in the Rosetta Stone Language Learning Program online. They can concentrate on the study of French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese or Spanish.
Technology Literacy and Library Science
Technology instruction places emphasis on ethics, literacy, history, and applications. Students demonstrate advanced understanding of software programs including Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint. In conjunction with the teaching of library science, students evaluate information resources and solve problems using electronic media searches. Knowledge of the fundamental skills and concepts introduced at various grade levels is evaluated through short and long term projects.

Students study the form, style and history of music growing in knowledge and appreciation. Exposure to opera and Broadway musicals helps them to value the progression and development of music throughout the centuries. Middle School students are given the opportunity to be a part of our Senior Band, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble and Middle School Choral Group.

As students enters Middle School, the art program encourages them to expand their creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving abilities. Previously introduced art concepts continue to be reinforced while new concepts are introduced.

Physical Education
The students have the opportunity to participate in programs that will enable each one to become a life-long learner. Physical education allows the upper-grade student to maintain good health and appreciate the value of competition and good sportsmanship.

"My husband and I were just blown away by how kind, enthusiastic and dynamic all of the middle school faculty is. There is such a wonderful family atmosphere at SAA. We really do feel so at home and so blessed to have Liam with you. He absolutely loves school! He is making great friends and feeling challenged academically in ways he never has before." Joanne Dodds, parent of Liam, Class of 2017



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