Our tradition of Catholic education continues in middle school. Teachers hold students to high academic standards and foster a love for learning, faith, service and leadership. Teachers work in a team environment and get to know students on a personal level. This level of understanding and attention is not only crucial for academic success now, but also gives students the personalized tools they need to succeed in high school and beyond.
STREAM skills are incorporated in middle school as students transition through six core classes a day. These classes include math, literature, language arts, science, religion and social studies. Special area coursework in art, Spanish, physical education, exploratory options, music program options, and ‘Falcon Time’ adds another academic dimension to our Middle School program. Our Exploratory classes are taught in a middle school multi-age environment (grades 6-8) in order to promote relationships between students and leadership from our older students. Exploratory course options include: Make Your Own Movie, Engineering, Intramural athletics, Cryptography, Programming with Scratch and more. These classes will vary and more will be added over time.
Middle School Highlights
New 2024-2025 – Falcon Time!
Falcon Time is a dedicated work time that allows students the opportunity to seek extra assistance or enrichment from any teacher in the Middle School. Teachers may also take this opportunity to gather groups of students for re-teaching.
Academic support is a very important initiative to strengthen skills of our Middle School students who require additional, support and direction to be their best selves. Academic Assistance focuses on three main areas:
- Math: fluency of math facts, math strategies, and processes.
- Language Arts: writing and reading fluency.
- Executive Function: skills necessary in Middle School and beyond such as organization, time management, and study habits.
Middle schoolers may choose to join a music program. Both choir and band/orchestra are taught by a highly skilled music teacher.
Technology focuses on:
6th Grade: engineering and iteration with a practical 3D printing model project of students’ choice.
7th Grade: AI and machine learning.
8th Grade: Cybersecurity, understanding the basics of VPNs, Blockchain, and computer applications of cryptology.
Middle schoolers have the opportunity to be an ambassador and also take part in a variety of service and leadership projects throughout the year such as:
- collecting Pop Tabs and Food Shelf items
- ringing bells at the Salvation Army locations during the holidays
- organizing carnival activities for our elementary students
- working with teachers to assist with planning, organizing and reading with their students.
Buddies: Middle schoolers begin to take a leadership role as they get buddied up with the younger grades for Mass on Fridays, get together to read and guide younger students in other activities throughout the year.
Kindness Project: 8th graders prepare a presentation on kindness that includes putting together slides, finding supporting videos, and presenting to the younger grades, spreading kindness!
Our Frassati athletics program is very popular among our students and we continue to grow! Our goal is to provide positive, fun and affordable options. The programs we offer are great opportunities to try new activities and make new friendships! Frassati currently offers the following sport programs as part of the St. Paul Catholic Athletic Association.
Fall – Volleyball, Soccer, Cross Country
Winter – Basketball and Swimming
Spring – Baseball, Softball, Track & Field, Golf