Reason: Forming the Minds

Middle School Curriculum

In our middle school, students cycle once again through the history of civilization, exploring themes in greater depth.  In this way new students can establish the foundation that a classical liberal arts education can offer.  


A look into a classical middle school
Miss Pietropaoli provides a look into a classical middle school. The search for the good, the true, and the beautiful is exactly what students of this age group are yearning for.
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Olympians strike a pose.
Olympians strike a pose.

Sixth Grade:  The Ancient Year

Sixth grade students explore how God revealed His truth even from the very start of history, and how this truth culminated in the Incarnation.  Students encounter this truth not only through Genesis and the Greeks, but also through its reflection in the rich cultures of ancient India and China.  Through the study of ancient history and literature, the wisdom of Socrates and the fortitude of Julius Caesar will help our students understand how pivotal these virtues are in the development of civilization and the pursuit of truth.


Seventh Grade:  The Christendom Year

Seventh grade students explore how Christianity, and the Christian understanding of man in relation to God, were binding forces in the Medieval world.  Through their study of the courage of Charlemagne and the faith of St. Patrick, students come to an understanding of how much this age can teach us about goodness, truth, and beauty--the cornerstones of our curriculum.


Modeling DNA:  The study of human life goes hand-in-hand with the study of human dignity.
Modeling DNA: The study of human life goes hand-in-hand with the study of human dignity.

Eighth Grade:  The New World Year

Eighth graders are immersed in the study of American history, which manifests the intrinsic dignity of the human person.  They discover the ideals that inspired Europeans to start anew and build the "City on a Hill".  Students read and interact with documents such as the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, committing key passages to memory and learning to articulate the intentions of the Founders.  Students compare and contrast inalienable rights and civil rights.  Through education in political processes, and their personal service in the Cor Unum service project, middle scholars discover first-hand the centrality of human dignity in all of American history and American life today.