The mission of the Edgewood Campus School middle school is to guide each student by promoting spiritual, intellectual, emotional, physical, and social growth. Our middle school comprises grades six through eight. These young pre-teens and teens have completed their journey through childhood and are now facing adolescence. It is important that strong parent and teacher relationships support them. The faculty and staff at Edgewood Campus School provide mentoring and guidance for these travelers on the road to high school.
Middle School Overview
Sixth grade is an exciting year filled with new experiences and feelings. Students move from a self-contained classroom environment to having two teachers for core classes. They move “up the hill” to the middle school, which is located within Edgewood High School. Lockers, homerooms, changing classes, and having classes in different buildings are just some of the new challenges. Teachers work hard to hone organizational skills, self-reliance, and responsibility.
Seventh and eighth grade is another big step. Four teachers comprise the core curriculum faculty, each teacher in his or her specialized area. As our students develop a greater sense of self-sufficiency, we give them additional responsibilities. We look to them to be the leaders and role models for the younger students.
Our middle school students benefit from a team of teachers who personally know each student and his or her family. By emphasizing the whole child and recognizing individual gifts and challenges, students learn to act with appropriate independence; they accept responsibility and accountability for themselves, their learning, and their actions.
The middle school staff, in partnership with our students and their families, works hard to assure that Campus School sixth, seventh, and eighth graders are prepared to thrive in high school and beyond.
Our math program strives to meet students at their present level of understanding and support their growth in the advanced understanding and application of math curricula. We have a flexible grouping model. We determine the course offerings based on the needs of the present population. On average, we offer a core sixth grade math class, core seventh grade math class, pre-algebra, and high school level algebra 1 classes. These classes often have multi-age rosters.
We assess students who need alternative placement in higher-level grade designations. Upon the recommendation of their current teachers and principal, and contingent upon the approval of the high school administration, students may enroll in courses taught at Edgewood High School. These courses will appear on their high school transcript for credit, but will not count toward their cumulative GPA, nor will it satisfy EHS graduation requirements.
We group disciplinary ideas in four domains: the physical sciences; the life sciences; the earth and space sciences; and engineering, technology and applications of science.
Our mission for science education is to foster in our students knowledge, beliefs, skills, and concepts that further our vision and constitute basic science literacy. Edgewood Campus School, Edgewood High School, and Edgewood College faculty collaborate in planning and implementing the science curriculum. Our vision is that science is a way to investigate, celebrate, and care for God's creations. Our teachers seek to instill a respect for the complexity and interdependence of the ecological systems of which humanity is a part and to increase the awareness of responsible stewardship toward the earth. Our faculty envisions three fundamental dimensions to science literacy: science is a process, science is a body of knowledge, and science is a human activity with implications for society.
During sixth grade, we focus on earth science, which includes soils, rocks and minerals, weather, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, and astronomy. Seventh graders study life science (experimental design, human body, cell biology, heredity, evolution, and ecology), and the eighth grade students study physical science (lab safety, properties of materials, chemistry, water, energy, and force and motion).
Reading and Language Arts
A curriculum framework provides standards designed to guide reading and English teachers in the development of a coherent English language arts curriculum from Pre-K to grade twelve. We base our curriculum on two premises, that learning in the English language arts should be cumulative and that the reading of increasingly challenging literary and non-literary works as well as the writing of increasingly extensive research papers are the basis for developing the independent thinking needed for self-government. The four discipline-based strands in this framework—listening and speaking, language study, reading and literature, and research and composition—are interdependent.
At all grade levels, a sound English language arts curriculum integrates concepts and skills from all four strands. A sound reading and literature curriculum also expects students to apply their language skills to increasingly challenging material linked in ways that promote cumulative learning. A coherent sequence of reading, research, and writing assignments ensures that students both broaden and deepen their base of literary/historical knowledge. This broadening and deepening knowledge base stimulates intellectual growth and enhances their capacity for independent critical thinking. We recognize the close connection of language arts skills to the academic standards of other subjects. To use media, one must read or listen. To write, one must acquire knowledge by reading, listening, and viewing. To do research, one must read. To communicate in any form, one must know how the language works. In sixth, seventh, and eighth grade, our students expand their vocabulary, read a variety of genres, interpret and analyze literature, and read to acquire information. They plan, revise, edit, and publish clear and effective writing. Public speaking gives students an opportunity to communicate information, opinions, and ideas effectively. Research and inquiry includes compiling, organizing, and evaluating information, taking notes and summarizing them, and producing an organized written or oral report. Students have outside reading requirements each quarter.
Our social studies program includes the study of social sciences and humanities. At the middle school level, this includes geography, history, political science, economics, psychology, law, anthropology, archaeology, and sociology. We give attention to the connections among the peoples and nations of the world, the effect of science and technology on society, and the ways to practice good citizenship.
Our sixth graders explore ancient cultures and civilizations, and seventh graders study recent world geography and world history. During the eighth grade, we focus on a study of United States history from Native Americans through the Civil War. The students complete an in-depth study of the Constitution and its framers.
The standards for our middle school religion program include sacred scripture, doctrine, the sacraments, community, service, prayer, and spirituality. Students study the Bible, church history, the role of the laity, sisters and ordained leadership, stewardship, and the importance of prayer. Middle school students go on retreat and also plan liturgies and prayer services. They learn to give back to their school and community through service hours.