Grades 5 through 8
Our Middle School Division is located in Building Three, a separate wing of our school building. Students have an assigned homeroom teacher. They switch classes as they go through their day. Subject specific teachers create a stimulating learning environment. The average class size is 20 students with approximately 40 students in each grade. Our students experience Middle School in a small school setting.
The fifth through eighth grade curricula include general science, earth science, life science and an introduction to chemistry and physics. A science lab is built into the curriculum to provide a "hands-on" approach to learning.
At the fifth grade level, students study the geography and histories and cultures of the Western Hemisphere as they pertain to American history. Our sixth grade program includes the study of ancient civilizations and Europe during the Middle Ages. Students in the seventh and eighth grades delve into the history of the United States from its early exploration to the present. All programs integrate independent and cooperative projects and activities to enhance learning.
Fifth and sixth grade students complete their foundation in basic math through the study of fractions, decimals, percentages, measurement with an introduction to plane and solid geography and multi-step problem solving. During seventh and eighth grades, our students study pre-algebra and algebra in either honors or standard programs. They are also introduced to graphing calculator technology and programming as it applies to algebra and geometry.
Our reading 5 curriculum combines skill instruction with an introduction to the appreciation of literature. Students in literature 6, 7, and 8 read quality multi-cultural works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama to develop an understanding of and appreciation for literature.
Oral and written communications are emphasized in every Middle School language arts program. To help our students become proficient written communicators, we teach writing as a developmental process which requires practice. Therefore, a weekly writing laboratory is an important component of our middle school language arts curriculum.
At OLMA, religion is both an academic subject and a way of life. We instill in our students a lifelong commitment to the Church and service to others. Students gain a thorough understanding of Catholicism through the study of the life of Christ, the Old Testament, Church history, the Apostles' Creed and Catholic morality.
Our resource room is staffed with trained professionals who insure the success of our learning-differenced students by working with them in collaborative classroom settings. They also provide small group instruction in our resource room.