Fifth-Eighth Grade is our Middle School
Students are mixed for homeroom in 5/6 and 7/8 combinations. Combing the grades provides opportunities for student mentoring and creating new friendships, helping provide a stepping-stone into the high school experience, while still retaining a closely-knit community within the larger school.
These multi-age homeroom classes attend weekly seminars together. These seminars are team taught by all Middle School teachers, principal, and priests. During Seminar students are introduced to a Middle School Great Books, Great Ideas Model. The practice of Socratic style instruction is honed providing students with ample opportunity for critical thinking through careful reading, essential questions, and academic discussion.
All other subjects are taught in grade level classes.
Social studies and religion curriculum consists of text-based learning of Hebrew Scriptures and the Ancient Civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China, Greece, Rome, and the Americas, as well as Early American History, Minnesota History, and the sacraments.
Language Arts curriculum focuses on improved grammar, writing, and speaking skills. Students read literature by authors such as: Shakespeare, C.S. Lewis, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.