Preparation for high school and beyond is our main academic focus in our middle school classrooms. Our teachers collaborate with the local Catholic High School to ensure our students are ready for the challenges of competitive college-prep high schools, both academically and socially.

Middle School Curriculum

Curriculum may be defined as “all the guided experiences of the child under the direction of the school.” It includes the content of courses of study and also embraces the development of the whole child. In keeping with our school philosophy and objectives, we enable the students of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School to grow in the knowledge and love of God and of themselves. Religious education is an intended part of the school day.  The faith formation of a student is an ongoing process, hence teaching about God and His world is incorporated into daily classroom activities as the opportunities arise. Our curriculum is designed with academic rigor, and sensitivity to the gifts of each of our students in order to meet the needs of all learners.

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  • Religion

    Religion in Middle School involves problem-solving, liturgy planning, and community and parish involvement. We study church history and scripture through teacher-led discussions, Bible stories, plays, and shared prayer time.
  • English Language Arts

    The curriculum has been designed to take the students through a logical progression where skills and concepts are introduced, reinforced, and mastered. By the end of Grade 8, students will be able to write an intelligent, mechanically-sound essay and research paper; read and discuss literature with insight and perception; understand the underlying structure of the English language; deliver a formal speech; and effectively participate in discussions.
  • Mathematics

    Our math program blends discussion and discovery through projects, explorations, and investigations into a curriculum that recognizes and augments the children’s capabilities. The curriculum builds on the fundamental mathematical strands of numeration and counting, operations and relations, and problem-solving. It is achieved by integrating mathematics instruction into multiple areas of the curriculum, with emphasis on application in the STEM subjects.. We explore the origins and uses of the language of mathematics, and its close relationship with visual perception. The students will gain a familiarity with math vocabulary while solidifying their computation skills. The program also aims to build self-confidence in mathematical abilities by teaching students to develop organizational skills through their work.
  • Science

    Science instruction provides students with a working knowledge of scientific concepts through experience based methodologies, such as group discussions, lectures, hands-on use of manipulatives, lab experiences, field trips, and science fair projects. Scientific knowledge advances when students learn to observe objects and events, think about how they relate to what is already known, test their ideas in logical ways, and generate explanations that integrate the new information into understanding of the natural and designed worlds.  Our students will encounter scientific learning opportunities, not only in their regular science class, but also in their STREAM class. STREAM class is the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics.
  • Social Studies

    The social studies curriculum is a sequential program which emphasizes responsible membership in our communities, our nation, and the world. The curriculum is enriched through the integration of geography, current events, and citizenship training. A major goal of the social studies program is to develop caring, informed, literate citizens who will grow into their roles of decision-makers in our democracy and in our world. Our teachers design, implement, and maintain a coherent course of study to teach content, develop inquiry-based critical thinking skills, improve reading comprehension and expository writing ability. Financial literacy will also be embedded through this content domain.
  • Technology

    Technology is used throughout the day at each grade level, both in the classroom and during students’ Technology class times. Digital citizenship and responsible technology use is an integral part our Technology class. The use of iPads in our Kindergarten through eighth grade classrooms provides our students with opportunities to collaborate and communicate in authentic learning activities that are relevant to the world in real time, and to develop media literacy. Whether it's through explicit instruction on word processing and typing skills or multi-media presentations on cross-curricular projects, our students are prepared for the 21st Century world.