Beginning in fourth grade our students begin to change classes and see all grade level teachers for each subject. Students begin to use foundational learning skills acquired in the primary grades to extend and use their critical thinking skills.
In sixth grade students are leveled in math classes by ability using standardized test scores, as well as past student performance. Leveled math instruction gives students the ability to be challenged at their level. Our math levels range from remedial to accelerated. Our advanced/accelerated math students complete pre-algebra in seventh grade, and high school Algebra I in eighth grade. Those students will then take an end of the year Algebra assessment in eighth grade to be given possible high school graduation credit. Our remedial and mixed math groups will learn skills needed to begin algebra in high school with confidence and a solid knowledge base of appropriate skills.
Students in the Junior High grades also have the opportunity to lead as faith ambassadors through their actions and words. Our students participate in Mass once a week. Mass is set up by our eighth grade students and planned by a different grade level each week. Students in seventh grade prepare for Confirmation through retreats and daily classwork. Confirmation is a sacrament where students affirm their belief in God and the Church via the Anointing of Oil. School service projects are done monthly, as well as weekly, by our eighth grade students that have the opportunity to participate in ACTS (Association of Catholic Teenage Services).