Middle School Overview
During the rapid physical and social changes in middle school students, SJA provides a stable and structured environment that assists students in navigating these transitions and preparing for high school. Students continue to grow in their faith life throughout middle school, culminating in the Sacrament of Confirmation in 8th grade. Middle school students develop their critical thinking skills, establish concrete goals and begin to master study and organizational skills.
The Middle School Academic Support Class is for students with a diagnosed learning disability or students who are at academic risk and need additional support. This class, offered three times a week, helps students bridge the gap between their academic potential and their actual performance. The class teaches essential academic, cognitive and organizational skills in a small class environment.
In 6th grade, students begin to use iPads in the classroom. These follow the students throughout middle school and will help to engage them more fully in the learning process. This gives the middle school students the opportunity to use current technology to meet their learning needs and better prepare them for high school.
Religion is the learning of our faith and how we can become saints!
Sixth graders are making the transition from childhood to adulthood, so this year is devoted to the Ten Commandments and the Mass. They are able to understand the Faith more clearly and make it truly their own.
For seventh grade, students learn more about how God revealed himself, how God became Man, and how God shares his life.
In eighth grade, students will learn of the lives of saints and the history of the Church. Students will also receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Active service is part of the school year, both in and out of school.
“Fractions are fun” and “Math is your friend” are phrases that are found in the Mathematics program at St. Joseph Academy. Students learn the fundamentals of mathematics to Algebra. The time is spent being active with numbers and operations.
Middle School Science will follow the Next Generation Science Standards, which is built on the notion that learning is a developmental progression. Using this framework, students must intertwine knowledge, observation and practice in designing learning experiences in natural sciences and engineering.
The standards are designed to help students continually build on their knowledge and abilities from curiosity and observing the world around them. The goal is to allow students time to engage in scientific investigations and argumentations to achieve depth of understanding in core ideas presented.
6th grade will travel by virtual plane around the Western Hemisphere! They will visit different countries observing physical features, meeting kids their age through personal stories, studying the history, culture and modern day events of each country.
In 7th grade, students will learn about the physical geography, regional overview, history, and culture of the Eastern Hemisphere. Students will develop a deeper understanding of the Eastern Hemisphere by reading personal accounts of teens from all over the world and participating in activity-based learning.
Do you want to learn more about the history of the United States? Does history repeat itself? Join us as in 8th grade, as we begin this exploration with the Age of Industry (1865) and end with current events. We will study our United States history to learn where we have been and how we got there and how these events relate to current times.
Learning how to read, write, speak, and listen are skills developed in language arts. Demonstrating understanding is done in a variety of ways: Project based assignments, online and in-class discussion opportunities, tests and quizzes, and writing assignments.
Students explore literary elements while reading across genres using self-selected but approved novels. We learn the Six Traits of Writing and apply grammar rules to written work. Conventions not only help paint a picture for readers but also they add variety to writing and make it more interesting. Our students format research papers, in-text citations, and Works Cited page entries using Modern Language Association format; they create several mini-research reports throughout the year.
Our classroom transforms into a stage for students to apply public speaking and acting tactics and techniques. Through improvisational performances, book talks, and formal speeches, students learn how to use their voice, body, and imagination to effectively communicate to an audience.