Middle School

Curriculum

In sixth, seventh, and eighth grade, students continue to develop the ability to think critically and become independent learners, while their core values, faith and character formation become more clearly defined. Our middle school teachers get to know our students and their academic and emotional needs through small class sizes and a commitment to providing a meaningful, unique educational experiences for each student.

Core curriculum in St. Dominic Middle School includes religion, social studies, science, literacy, and math.

Religious education and faith development are the foundation of our school, and therefore the foundation of our curriculum. Students at this age are developing in ways that allow them to think for themselves, internalize, and firm up their beliefs and values. They are surrounded by a community that supports them and encourages them to make decisions that align with their faith and family values. It is an opportunity like no other!

In the area of social studies, students focus on studying Minnesota History in 6th grade, US History and Geography in 7th and 8th grade. St. Dominic School has recently partnered with Bellevue University to implement a civics curriculum that includes a self-governance simulation where students will learn how to be positive, respectful, contributing member of today’s society.

Science is taught based on an exploratory approach, using a textbook as a guide while allowing students to participate in project-based activities to broaden their understanding of science concepts.

Literacy curriculum includes the study of different types of literature through reading and analyzing novels in small groups, whole class, and as individuals. Skill development in the area of writing focuses on narrative, persuasive, expository, and creative writing, research skills, and reading and writing of poetry.

Students are placed in math classes based on their level of understanding of mathematical concepts and level of computational skills. All students are considered as individuals and their abilities and then placed appropriately in Math 6, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, or Algebra II.

Specialists classes in our Middle School include: Art, Music, Physical Education, Spanish, and STEM.

Specialists for 6-8:

  • Art
  • Music
  • Physical education
  • Spanish
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