Middle School Academics

There is no doubt that the Middle School Program at St. Mary’s Academy is dynamic. Innovation meets tried and true again and again as the teaching staff and leadership research, synthesize, create, measure, and reflect on how best to open the hearts and minds of their students. The educators at SMA live the learning process that they bring to their students thus inspiring their students’ openness to thought and action.

The Loretto School Values of faith, community, respect, and justice serve as the foundation for the Middle School Program. Warm and genuine relationships among teachers and students provide a sense of intellectual freedom and safety in which to explore and question. Depth and reflection are valued over breadth and a hurried pace to cover.

The most effective traits of project-based learning, an integration of science, technology, engineering and math with the arts, music, theology, and humanities, and an appreciation of the differences in learning modalities, result in the dynamism that makes this program unique and just right for middle-school-aged learners. Traditional Socratic interactions, reading, and writing are complemented by the use of cutting-edge technology.

With a focus on inspiring curiosity and a desire to discover, the Middle School program provides daily studies in language arts, mathematics, the sciences, social studies and world languages. Daily co-curricular experiences in an elective, physical education or sport, and theological study further promote academic and personal growth.

With all-school reflections, community-action-team time, an academic environment rich in connections, prayer services, liturgies, and frequent opportunities to engage in community service, Middle School students are regularly called upon to seek to understand themselves and others and to act as agents of positive change.

A daily schedule allows for students to fully engage in learning and move about regularly, fostering a joy of learning in a social milieu. Frequent progress reports promote habits of learning and distinguish between formative and summative assessments. A one-to-one iPad program provides a consistent tool among students for research, communication, and design.

CORE:

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • French, Spanish or Tutorial

CO-CURRICULAR:

  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Elective Choices
  • Physical Education
  • Sports Teams
  • Theology

SUPPORTING:

  • Community Action Team
  • Community Teams
  • Office Hours
  • Overnights
  • Community Service
  • Social-Emotional Support

Middle School Curriculum