Middle Grades Curriculum
The middle school years are marked with much change and growth. Our desire is to help students focus on their spiritual, academic, social, artistic, and athletic gifts and talents to help them grow and mature as faithful young men and women who love and serve God, the community, and our world.
English and Language Arts
The middle grade curriculum is designed to meet the Diocese of St. Petersburg Comprehensive Standards and Benchmarks. The middle school curriculum encompasses; literature, grammar, and the 6 Traits of Writing. Language is fundamental to learning, thinking and communicating; therefore, it permeates the entire curriculum. The middle grades use Pearson Literature as well as novel studies that promote creative and critical thinking. The Wright Source is used as a supplement for the writing curriculum.
The middle school science curriculum follows the Diocese of St. Petersburg Standards and Benchmarks and the Common Sore Standards instructing the students in the fundamentals of Earth Science, Life Science, and Physical Science. Holy Family use Savvas Elevate Science for our science curriculum. We also participate in a nationally accredited STEM curriculum called Project Lead the Way (PLTW). PLTW is a research-based STEM curriculum that empowers students to discover and explore interests, imagine and design solutions to real-world challenges, and become independent, confident problem solvers.
The middle grade Social Studies curriculum follows the Diocese of St. Petersburg Standards and Benchmarks and the Common Sore Standards. Our middle school will use TCI History Alive! and Geography Alive! and Person My Florida Civics social studies programs, to develop critical thinking skills and an understanding of our world.
Sixth-grade students focus studies on ancient regions of the world, from China and Africa to Ancient Rome and Greece.
Seventh-grade students focus on civics, economics, and geography, with an emphasis on U.S. political and economic systems, and U.S. geography.
Eighth-grade classes study exploration to reconstruction, with an emphasis on Colonial America, the American Revolution, and the Civil War. Students in eighth grade continue their studies of economics and culminate the unit with a trip to the Stavros Center where they experience Finance Park.