Middle School

Wanda Jaraczewski
Director of the Middle School
“Without confidence and love, there can be no true education.”
– St. John Bosco

At St. Joseph’s Middle School, we believe that education should develop the whole child – mind, heart, and soul. Our curriculum is designed with high standards and expectations for every child, and a wide variety of co-curricular opportunities to promote an environment of exploration and discovery.

Our middle school thrives in a single-gender classroom environment and enjoys a 12:1 student/faculty ratio. Firmly rooted in the teachings of the Catholic Church, the St. Joseph’s middle school experience is centered on Jesus Christ, our Master Teacher.

Why Middle School Matters

Middle school establishes the framework of success for young men and women. Students begin to understand the importance of education and its role in their path to achievement, as they start to visualize their future and take responsibility for their learning. Choosing a middle school that meets these needs and nurtures your child at this critical developmental time is crucial.

Sixth Grade Academy

By starting your St. Joseph’s experience in our Sixth Grade Academy, your child will be given the tools they need to transition smoothly into their middle school years. In their own dedicated space and surrounded by caring, deeply invested teachers, your student will be known and nurtured in their new school!

Seven Year Program of Study

Our Seven Year Program of Study showcases our Middle School curriculum, including Grammar and Writing that is taught in separate classrooms for 6th and 7th grades and High School courses offered in 8th grade, including World Language and Algebra.  Additionally, our middle school students have the option to join one of our Band, Strings, or Choral Ensembles and take Visual Art and Theatre classes. View full Seven Year Program of Study.

 

Middle School Course Offerings

Middle School Course Offerings

2020-2021

COURSES (DAYS PER WEEK)

Sixth Grade

  • Literature (4)
  • Foundations (4)
  • Science (4)
  • Religion (4)
  • Mathematics (4)
  • World History/Geography (4)
  • Chorus, Strings, or Band (2) 4 Quarters
  • Art (2) 2 Quarters
  • PE  (2) 2 Quarters

Seventh Grade

  • Literature (4)
  • Grammar/Writing  (4)
  • Science (4)
  • Religion (4)
  • Pre-Algebra (4)
  • U.S. History To 1877 (4)
  • Chorus, Strings, or Band (2) 4 Quarters
  • Theatre (2) 2 Quarters
  • PE (2) 2 Quarters

Eighth Grade

  • Literature (4)
  • Language (Spanish I, French I) (4)
  • Science (4)
  • Religion (4)
  • Algebra IA or Algebra IB (4)
  • U.S. History 1877 To Present (4)
  • Chorus, Strings, or Band (2) 4 Quarters
  • Theatre or Art (2) 2 Quarters
  • PE (2) 2 Quarters

 

ACT Aspire Testing

All MS students will participate in an ACT Aspire Periodic assessment. The ACT Aspire is a national, standardized test that is aligned to college readiness benchmarks and will help us to chart student growth toward these benchmarks in four specific content areas: English, Reading, Math, and Science. This will be the first in a series of periodic assessments that will take place over the course of the year.

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