Middle School Highlights
Preparing for High School
Lourdes middle school program for 6th, 7th and 8th grade is designed to prepare students for a college preparatory high school experience. Our departmentalized program allows each instructor to teach in his or her area of strength. In addition to core subjects, middle school students also have a wide variety of electives. At this level, students gain a deeper knowledge of Church history and the Gospel. Service learning also takes on a new dimension in 8th grade with students required to complete 30 hours of outside service activity that is in line with our published Schoolwide Learning Expectations.
Middle School Math
Designed to meet the needs of all students, the middle school math program includes help for students who are under-performing at their grade level as well as advanced classes for highly capable students who desire a challenge. The Middle School Math Program offers classes in 6th Grade Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, and Geometry. Math schedules facilitate ease of movement according to individual skill level. Our goal is for all Lourdes graduates to complete first-year algebra. Eighth-grade students who are mathematically advanced will have the opportunity to complete geometry, giving them a head start in their high school.
Electives are carefully crafted to offer new and exciting ways to meet student academic requirements. Depending on the year, opportunities may include intermediate and advanced band, choir, service, debate, drama, leadership, rocketry, and a variety of technology classes such as yearbook, video, and web production.
A much-anticipated highlight for 8th graders is the annual trip to Philadelphia, Gettysburg, and Washington D.C. The trip is an excellent opportunity for students to gain a deeper knowledge and appreciation of U.S. history and government.
The tour may include visiting major monuments, touring the Capitol and other major sites. Parents will lead the efforts for fundraising as a group to reduce trip expenses. Most fundraising efforts take place from February of 6th grade through January of 7th grade. Several parents and staff members chaperone the tour each year.