Middle School: Grades 6-8
St. Clare Catholic Middle School uses an interdisciplinary team-teaching approach to ready students for college-preparatory coursework in high school. Along with foundational coursework in Math, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts, students are offered specialty courses in foreign language, physical education, and the fine arts (band, chorus, art) as well as technology which integrates many projects within each subject. The one-to-one iPad program encourages students to create, participate, smoothly communicate, receive immediate feedback, and access numerous resources in all subjects.
Honors & Advanced Programs
St. Clare offers both Algebra I, Algebra I Honors, and Spanish I for high school credit. High school credit can also be earned for Geometry using the Florida Virtual School Learning Lab Model (All students must meet certain criteria).
St. Clare Catholic School places a heavy emphasis on developing the core skills of reading, writing, and spelling with enhanced emphasis during the middle school years on literature, critical thinking, creative writing, and reading comprehension. Middle school students are required to complete research papers which are integrated with library and technology, requiring the students to learn advanced library search skills, development of thesis statements, correct MLA formatting and citation, and overall research report writing skills. Students utilize 2017 Pearson MyPerspective English Language Arts (ELA), a blended print and digital curriculum, which promotes college and career readiness and next-generation learning experiences.
Our math program actively engages students in making sense of mathematics while developing confidence in their mathematical ability. Through projects, hands-on activities, cooperative tasks, real world applications, and engaging in mathematical discourse, middle school learners are increasing their capacity for abstract thinking. The math curriculum is designed to strengthen computational skills and provide opportunities for expanding mathematical reasoning. The Glencoe Math curriculum aides our students in mastering the Dioceses of Palm Beach standards. Students are able to make connections from prior learning to new or expanded knowledge. Honors and Advanced courses available for qualified students.
Science, by definition, is primarily “knowledge gained by observing and studying the world around us.” By engaging students in hands on activities, cooperative working groups, and in-depth study of a variety of topics, students graduate from St. Clare with an exceptional foundation of science and technology. Our middle school journey includes a focus on geology, astronomy, general chemistry, and botany.
Our science curriculum, Science Fusion, includes multiple technological components such as tools and software to create, navigate, and synthesize the topics covered. The journey is designed to be interactive, engaging, and rigorous in efforts to spark students’ interest to look at the world from different perspectives and recognize not only our role as part of it, but also the limitless possibilities that come with it.
The St. Clare Catholic School Social Studies curriculum, McGraw-Hill, is a mix of print materials and digital resources which meets the need of all students. Students exercise precise note-taking, essay writing, and standardized chapter tests. The overall philosophy of Social Studies at St. Clare Catholic School focuses on history of the world, civics and economics and history of the United States. Events viewed together begin to form meaningful patterns making up the substance of who Americans are and what Social Studies means to us.
Religion is a daily component of the Middle School curriculum. Our religious education program follows and exceeds the Diocesan curriculum and standards. We utilize the Sadlier series and reinforce our learning through participation in weekly Masses and by receiving the sacraments. Religion is 24 hours a day at St. Clare Catholic School in all that we do, learn, and say. We are not only preparing our students for high school, we are preparing them for Heaven.
Each quarter certain electives are offered to our middle school students where they rank their choices. Electives change quarterly. Some of the offerings each quarter include:
- Express Yourself!: Learn how to express yourself through art, music, journaling, clay and meditation. With art and creative activities, students will be able to use their mind, bodies and senses to express their unique talents and develop ways to cope with daily stress.
- Gratitude in Action: Students will assist classroom teachers and lower grade students. This is a great way to earn community service hours and live your faith by helping others.
- Makerstation: If you can imagine it, you can make it. Explore the world of maker stations where you become the inventor. Students can utilize circuitry kits, Legos, paper crafts and K’nex kits. The next great invention could be yours!
- Take a bite!: Have you ever wanted to explore your culinary side? You can learn basic cooking skills and make fun dishes. Of course you get to eat them too!
- Team Sports: This fun, outdoor class will explore many team sports. Come and learn to play a game you may have never tried before!
- Where in the World is Mrs. Craig?: Come and travel to far away places with strange sounding names. Listen to music, explore the sights, and sample the food of unusual places. Discover how people live, learn, laugh and love in cultures far different from our own.
- The Reader in Me: If you like to escape into a novel then this elective is for you! We will celebrate reading together by exploring and discussing novels. Come feed the reader in you.
- News You Can Use: A fun interactive triva game about current events called NewsBowl. Categories include world news, national news, sports, entertainment and technology. Weekly prizes will be awarded to winning teams.
- Martial Arts: This elective will allow students to work with Sensei Dennis from Team X-Treme. He will teach the basics of martial arts, including focus, discipline and self defense.
- Tools of the Trade: Come and build something with your hands. This wood working class will teach you how to safely use the tools and complete a project. Who knows, maybe there is a carpenter in you!
- The Author in Me!: Write and illustrate a children’s book. Use your iPad or paper and pencil to become and author of a book for young children. Then share it with them!
- Lights, Camera, Action!: Experience the creative side of your iPad. Explore video making, photography and animation.