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Middle School 5th-8th Grade - Logic Stage

This Logic stage of classical education prepares students for high school (the Rhetoric stage) with a curriculum that promotes critical thinking, improved writing and speaking skills, academic excellence and sense of community through special  projects. There are a variety of enrichment activities that include daily chapel and special worship services, debate, National Honor Society, and Academic Quest.

  • Each year the students take a designated class trip emphasizing history, government, and art, to destinations such as Dallas, San Antonio, Austin and Washington, D.C. - these trips are on a rotating schedule.
  • 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 taught by Memorial Lutheran Church and School pastors
  • Math - Saxon Math; Pre-Algebra and Algebra offered 
  • 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) - A course which begins 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. one field trip per quarter is taken to important historical places in Texas as students learn about Texas history. 
  • Science -  Elemental Science
    • Science Fair every other year (alternates with the History Fair)
  • Latin -   
    • Middle School students learn Latin from the First Form Series of Memoria Press, and progress according to skill level through the four forms.
    • Students who are ready for, or desire a more rigorous Latin program, learn from Wheelock's Latin Grammar and other intermediate Latin texts.
  • 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 as they learn to present and argue their point in a persuasive manner. .
  • Technology - Chromebooks for all middle school students;  interactive white boards in each classroom, computer lab
  • Physical Education - P.E. twice-weekly with the Athletic Director
  • Music - Choir, Orchestra, and Band are part of the curriculum; Handbells are also offered
  • Art - Painting with acrylics and watercolor, sculpture using various materials, and drawing

    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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