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Curriculum

As a dedicated middle school for over thirty-five years, De La Salle Academy has learned how to strike the delicate balance between allowing our students increased autonomy, while standing ready to intervene with the support they need to grow. We understand that middle school is a unique time in a young adolescent’s life where they are in search of their young adult identity as well as their place in the society. Standing firmly in the La Sallian tradition, our teachers are asked to live by the following: 
 

  • Care for the whole child – We are not simply instructors of content, but more importantly strive to be models of intellectual curiosity, clear moral values, and well-being.  
     

  • Sensitive to the needs of students at the margins of society – While gifted and talented, our students require us to meet them where they are without judgment. While we know all our students have potential and the capability to be successful, there are many out of school factors that militate against their full self-actualization.
     

  • We are all life-long learners – We must model for students the vulnerability to be better through our professional development and peer collaboration. As teachers, we are always learning and open to feedback.
     

  • We commit to purposeful rigor – We hold students to the highest standards without forgetting that they are in the processes of becoming young adults.
     

  • Relationships are central – We must approach knowing our students with the same rigor that we approach curricular planning. We commit to being fully present with each other in everything we do.
     

  • Pedagogical relevance– In order to meet students where they are, we are attentive to their contemporary context and issues of the day.
     

  • Balance of freedom and structure – Middle school is a time where feeling safer is paramount. Routines, structures and clarity of instruction provide more safety. Building from a foundation of safety, we can encourage our students to take meaningful and generative risks inside and outside the classroom.
     

  • Correction and re-direction – We are first and foremost concerned with building students up, not tearing them down though punishment. We believe that every mistake or poor decision is an opportunity to redeem oneself and repair the harm caused.

 
The school day at De La Salle Academy begins at 8:30 AM and ends at 3:10 PM. Students at De La Salle Academy receive individualized schedules which consist of three core courses (ELA, Math and Spanish/French) taught five periods a week. Students all have required and elective courses in science, social studies, visual and performing arts, and faith and values. These courses use a variety of instructional methods and forms of evaluation to engage and monitor student progress. Our average class size of sixteen students allows for the cultivation of meaningful student-teacher relationships.


The Core Courses include:

  • Language Arts (reading and writing)

  • Mathematics (number theory, algebra, geometry, probability, statistics, etc.)

  • World Language: Spanish I – IV and French I

 
The Required Courses include:

  • Adolescent Psychology (required for 8th graders)

  • American Studies I and II (required for 7th and  8th graders)

  • Ancient Civilizations (required for 6th graders)

  • General Science (required for 6th graders)

  • Introduction to Biology (required for 7th graders)

  • Moral and Ethics (required for 8th graders)

  • Physics (required for 8th graders)

  • Public Speaking and Debate (required before graduation)

  • Social Justice(required for 7th graders).

 
The Elective Courses include:

  • Art I

  • Doing Science

  • Images of God

  • Math Lab

  • Music 1

  • Politics and Society

  • Illustration

  • Still Life: Indoors and Out

  • Tell Us a Story

  • Applied Philosophy

 
In addition to academic courses, students are also enriched through programming that encourage the development of leadership skills, supportive relationships with peers and adults, and mental health. Some of these programs include:

 

  • Advisory

  • 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade retreats

  • Support groups

  • Individual counseling

  • 7th grade evaluation