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Middle School Program: 5th-8th Grade

Middle school students are being well-prepared for high school with a curriculum that promotes academic excellence, critical thinking, improved writing and speaking skills, and sense of community through special  projects. There are a variety of enrichment activities that students take part in to include:daily chapel and special worship services, debate, National Honor Society, and Academic Quest.

  • Each year all middle school students take a designated class trip emphasizing history, government, and art, to destinations such as Dallas, San Antonio, Austin and Washington, D.C.
  • MLS students are accepted into area high schools that include St. Agnes Academy, Houston Christian High School, St. Thomas Episcopal School, Lutheran High North, Incarnate Word Academy, The Village School, The Awty International School, Westbury Christian School. and St. John XXIII College Preparatory

Curriculum

  • Religion - The Bible, Catechetical Studies, Memorial Lutheran Church and School Catechesis booklet; Religion classes are taught by our Memorial Lutheran Church and School pastors
  • Math - Saxon Math; Pre-Algebra and Algebra offered in 7th and 8th grade 
  • Language Arts - Shurley English, Vocabulary From Classical Roots (vocabulary and spelling), novel reading, poetry and essay writing, and oral and written book reports
  • Trivium - (8th grade Language) - Trivium is a course which beings with an introduction to the idea of “meaning,” in order for the student to see how grammar, logic, and rhetoric relate to each other through this very idea. It is a class that goes from theory to practice, as students spend time reading Aristotle’s On Rhetoric in order to learn and practice the fundamentals of public speaking.
  • History /GeographyStudents learn to read, think, and write through a tutorial system that is based on the methods used at Oxford and Cambridge. Each week, the student reads at length and at leisure to acquire enough knowledge for a writing assignment. Writing assignments build upon each other throughout the year – starting with fables and narratives and ending with the defense of an argument or thesis (in the form of an essay). Geography is learned through history, as students make progress on their understanding of a world map by learning how to draw one from scratch. Texas History is also covered, and one field trip per quarter is taken to important historical places in Texas. 
  • Science -  Apologia curriculum is used, with each grade studying a component of science. 5th grade - chemistry and physics, 6th grade - general and earth science, 7th grade - physical science, 8th grade - high school biology; Science Fair every other year (alternates with history fair)
  • Latin -  Latin curriculum varies by grade level - 5th grade - First Form, 6th and 7th grades - Second Form; 8th grade and Advanced Latin use Wheelocks.  
  • Logic - (7th grade) Students learn how to spot and respond to logical fallacies that are prevalent to our culture.
  • Rhetoric - (8th grade) Students focus on communication and the art of expression. They will be able to present and argue their point in a persuasive manner. .
  • Technology - One-to-One Chromebooks are used by all middle school students. Interactive white boards are used in every classroom and assist in both teaching and learning.
  • Physical Education -  Our school campus includes a full gym and playground for P.E. and outdoor activities; throughout the school year several different sports will be learned in P.E. taught by our athletic director.
  • Music - Instrumental Band or Orchestra is required in Middle School, and students participate in various music competitions, clinics, and concerts. All fifth grade students participate in choir (it is optional for grades 6 to 8). All middle school students may elect to join the chime and handbell choir. 
  • Art - A new art medium and concept is introduced each 9 weeks to include painting with acrylics and watercolor, sculpture using various materials, and drawing. In the final session, students revisit the various things learned throughout the year and prepare a piece for the end-of-year art show.

    Testing/Assessments

  • The Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP) is administered to students in 3rd-8th grade in April. CTP is an assessment in reading, listening, vocabulary, writing, and mathematics. Verbal and quantitative reasoning subtests are part of the CTP beginning. The CTP helps compare content specific, curriculum-based performance to the more conceptual knowledge base found in reasoning tests. CTP Overview
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