Middle School (6-8)
Academic excellence at the Middle School is promoted through instruction that is both rigorous and highly supportive, building on skills taught during Elementary School grades. Students are assigned a homeroom class and begin the day with prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance, led by the principal. They then rotate to other instructors to meet core curriculum requirements in Math, Science, Language Arts and Social Studies.
The curriculum is further enhanced by Computer Technology, which is integrated throughout core subjects and taught weekly in the lab setting. Students participate in Physical Education classes twice a week and courses in Art, Band, Foreign Language Enrichment, Health Education, and Music. Classes are taught by a caring, dedicated group of teachers who understand the dramatic changes associated with this period of life. Faculty members monitor students’ progress daily and post the latest grades on OptionC, our secure online student management system. An advanced math program is offered to 7th and 8th grade students who qualify. This program consists of Honors Pre-Algebra in the 7th grade and Algebra in the 8th grade. The Algebra course, taught by a certified high school math teacher, allows those students to receive high school credit for that course, and to advance to Honors Geometry in their freshman year.
Students are encouraged to participate in programs that expand the academics that are taught in the classroom, such as, Mathcounts Competition, Power of the Pen, National Junior Beta Club, Student Council, National Geographic Geography Bee, The Vindicator Spelling Bee, Youngstown State University History Day, Youngstown State University English Festival, Eastern Ohio Council of Mathematics Contest, and Science Fair. Students also participate in various field trips, including a three-day trip to Camp Fitch in 6th grade, a trip to Washington, D.C. in 8th grade, and varied trips in 7th grade.
Middle school students develop social values and continue on a journey of spiritual growth through attendance at bi-monthly Mass, daily prayer recitation, special intentions in their classrooms, and participation in service projects based on Catholic Social Teachings. Physical education classes emphasize sportsmanship and teamwork while promoting physical development. Athletics and extracurricular activities help spark new interests and passions.