Middle School Program Highlights
Exploration and Discovery
Student scientists engage in lab-based classes that encourage the habit and practice of questioning how the world works and solving real problems. Students deeply engaged in the inquiry process and discover creative pathways to address their challenges.
Personalized Secondary School Selection Process
Because our goal is to see our students realize their academic potential and achieve their educational goals, we work one-on-one with middle schoolers and their parents to help find the right fit for the next step of their journey. This is just one part of fulfilling our mission to encourage students to be lifelong learners while recognizing their individuality.
Field trip and field work opportunities are provided for students to experience their classroom learning in a real world setting. Adventures like the 6th grade’s sea perch project and the 7th grade’s exploration of Key Largo are learning opportunities that are intentionally designed to support a variety of curriculum content.
Interdisciplinary Language Arts Curriculum
Interdisciplinary learning cultivates higher-order reasoning and promotes critical thinking skills by compelling students to transcend the boundaries that divide academic disciplines. In 6th grade, our writing-intensive curriculum is interwoven with social studies (specifically ancient and medieval history); in 7th, it aligns with life science; while and 8th maps to civics.
Students learn about Spanish and French-speaking cultures through field experiences and high-school level language curriculum. The goal is proficiency—reading, writing, listening–not just fluency or speaking ability.
All-inclusive, Differentiated Math Curriculum
Excellence in math education requires equity—high expectations coupled with strong support for each and every student. Differentiated math work groups within each grade level allow students to progress at their own pace, and range from laying a solid foundation for future study to highly accelerated programs. Investigative and contextual learning opportunities propel students to their highest performance level in deductive and logical reasoning and problem-solving skills.
Every Student is an Artist
If creativity is the currency of tomorrow, our students are heavily investing in their future today. Studio time encourages them to experiment with pencil, pen, paint, pastel, charcoal, and sculpture. Color theory, the foundations of painting and design, working with clay, and complex multi-step projects feed their imagination and teach them to think outside of the box.
A robust array of teacher-led activities allow students to develop and nurture their unique interests or explore new possibilities. From newscasting to photography to kindergarten helpers, these opportunities foster self-confidence, purpose, and meaningful social interaction.
Service and Leadership
Through service to others, our students learn to see the world from a different perspective. Combined with our leadership development curriculum and certificate program, this two-fold approach encourages students to develop the skills needed to work both independently and collaboratively, building confidence and empathy.
Competitive Athletics Program for All
Every LCDS middle school student competes on a team, regardless of his or her experience or skill level. This inclusive athletics philosophy promotes teamwork, leadership, sportsmanship, discipline, and dedication. Our approach fosters not just physical development, but intellectual, social and emotional growth as well.