The rigorous and challenging middle school curriculum of our Blue Ribbon school is based on the academic standards and guidance of the Archdiocese of Washington. Middle school students receive instruction in core and supplemental subjects listed below. Small group instruction in mathematics is provided and all students participate in the middle school writing initiative. Additionally, resource assistance is available to accommodated students through a study skills program. Students have the opportunity to meet with teachers during their lunch/recess period for academic assistance in the middle school workroom. Middle school students participate in intramural sports through the physical education department.
Core Academic Subjects
English Language Arts and Literature
Library and Media Center
In grades 6-8, students move into four appropriately paced small group instructional classes. As a result, math class size in these grades is significantly reduced. Students continue to build on foundational skills while utilizing the Sadlier Math series. Educators at Mary of Nazareth School align the Sadlier resources, lessons, and assessments with the ADW standards to provide a complete and rigorous program. Students also have access to digital content and curriculum with the Sadlier series. All students and teachers have iXL education software accounts which track student and classroom performance and identify areas for academic improvement. Mary of Nazareth has surpassed National Blue Ribbon score requirements for math in grades six through eight for the past 15 years.
Writer’s workshop is an initiative that gives students an authentic opportunity to practice the craft of writing. The workshop is a collaboration between the writing instructor and teachers across all content areas. The majority of class time is devoted to the actual process of writing. Building on the implementation of 6+1 Traits of Writing that students are introduced to in elementary grades, sixth graders work to perfect their writing and to explore a variety of genres. In seventh and eighth grades students develop their research skills in preparation for the rigors of high school.
Class sessions begin with a mini-lesson that focuses on one skill at a time, and students have the opportunity to conference and receive feedback from teachers throughout the writing process. At the end of each class session, students are invited to share their writing with peers. They learn to recognize the characteristics of good writing by reading and discussing mentor texts. Students use iPads to research, draft, and revise in the classroom, and they use Google Apps for Education to continue writing and receiving feedback when away from the classroom.