Middle School (6th-8th)
Our middle school program is designed to support adolescents as they transition from 6th through 8th grade into high school. To do this we tend to young men and women academically, spiritually, socially, and emotionally as they move from childhood to young adulthood. Academics are a priority at Our Lady of Mount Carmel and students are taught the skills they need to succeed and are inspired to develop a work ethic that will support their goals. They are encouraged to always strive for excellence and develop good character and integrity along the way. Our small school provides a nurturing and safe place for students to attempt new things and grow in confidence. Students thrive in an atmosphere where respect for self, others, and the community is an expectation and a standard. Our students, challenged to work for justice through service, are taught to be leaders who base decisions on Gospel values and have a desire to improve their community.
Adolescence is a time of dynamic change. At Our Lady of Mount Carmel, we understand these complex changes and address the development of the whole person. Middle schoolers are especially inquisitive during this stage. In response, Our Lady of Mount Carmel provides an environment where learning is comprehensive and interactive. This total educational experience goes from the classroom, to prayer services, and to club sponsored events. There are many exciting opportunities for growth and exploration as students develop a sense of self and service. Some highlights in the middle school program include:
- academic courses
- cutting-edge technology which supports the curriculum
- hands-on learning
- foreign language program
- interdisciplinary units
- development of leadership and service
- advisor groups
- student government
- activity groups
- respect of individual talents
- opportunities to develop social skills
Middle school language arts includes a literature based reading program. Different types of prose and poetry are studied in order to develop understanding of and appreciation for literature. Communication skills evolve through diverse writing and speaking activities. The program incorporates vocabulary, spelling, public speaking, and grammar into individual and group situations.
The social studies curriculum is composed of world history, U.S. history, and U.S. government. Eighth graders study U.S. history, geography, and civics. Historical facts and their relevance to current events are explored. Text materials, maps, periodicals, and manipulative materials are utilized.
Instruction in middle school math ensures that all students will have experience with algebra by eighth grade. Emphasis is placed on computational skills, concepts and problem solving using a variety of teaching strategies and materials.
Science at the middle school level is taught using a combination of lecture, labs, cooperative learning activities, and individual projects. Earth science is the focus of the eighth grade curriculum.
Spanish and French are taught for a semester each to all 7th grade students. In 8th grade students choose which language they would like to pursue. Cultural perception is a focus of the curriculum. Reading, writing, and grammar skills are developed while expanding comprehension and conversational skills.
Religion incorporates classroom study, liturgies and prayer services, reception of sacraments, and outreach programs. The middle school curriculum integrates the study of the history of the Church, the life and teachings of Jesus, and Bible study. Religion is taught not merely as a subject, but as a way of life.
Computer, art, music, media, and physical education classes are offered as semester courses much like they are in a high school setting. This model allows all students the opportunity to experience several electives in a given school year.