• Middle School Curriculum

    Lourdes Academy Middle School offers a comprehensive, robust curriculum consisting of a variety of courses that challenge the students to grow academically, personally, and spiritually. The middle school runs normally on an 8 period, 45 minute per class period schedule. (Mass and special schedules will shrink class periods from time to time).

    5th grade is taught as a traditional elementary model where the students do not rotate on a bell schedule. The specials of gym, music, art, and computers are scheduled throughout the week and shared between the elementary and middle school staff.

    6th grade is mostly taught in paired subject blocks to maximize the time within the classroom and allow the students to go deeper into subjects 

    The pairings are:

    • Language Arts and Reading
    • Science and Social Studies
    • Math and Religion (for 2019-20, if able to).

    In addition to the classroom, part of the 6th grade curriculum is the Trees for Tomorrow trip to Eagle River, WI, where much of what the students have been learning to that point in the year comes alive. 

    7th and 8th grade transition into an 8 period schedule. 7th and 8th grade core classes include:

    • Math
    • Science
    • Social Studies
    • Language Arts
    • Religion

    In 7th grade, students take Reading. In 8th grade, students take Spanish. Students who get a high grade in Spanish 1 and pass the final can enter high school at Spanish 2. 

    All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students take band and/or choir each day throughout the year. Students may elect to take both and carry additional responsibilities for missing class time.

    Students also take 3 other classes throughout the year in what is known as our Trimester Rotation. 

    6th Grade:

    • Physical Education
    • Health
    • Art

    7th Grade:

    • Physical Education
    • Project Lead the Way - App Creators
    • Art

    8th Grade:

    • Physical Education
    • Project Lead the Way - Computer Science Innovators and Makers
    • Health

    In addition to the two courses above, Project Lead the Way is incorporated into our 6th, 7th and 8th grade Science curricula.

    Beginning in 6th grades, students can qualify for Accelerated Math. A combination of MAP scores, classroom work, and teacher recommendation factor into who gets into Accelerated Math. Students in Accelerated Math take Algebra 1 8th grade year and would start high school in Geometry.