Teachers in both core and “specials” classes work together to integrate learning experiences around large themes relevant to young adolescents.
An emphasis on hands-on instruction enhances learning and helps students better understand what they learn in the classroom and how to relate it to their lives. Core teachers work closely with support staff that includes a social worker, guidance counselors, special education teachers and administrators to meet the needs of individual students, groups of students and the entire class.
In addition to its focus on high expectations for academic learning and performance, Lift for Life Middle School’s curriculum also addresses development of those character traits associated with being successful in school and in every aspect of life. The school emphasizes values and behaviors that lead to students understanding the importance of being a responsible and respectful member of the LFLA Middle School community. Character education is a key component of the learning program and is a part of every class. Development of critical character traits is addressed directly through class lessons and related experiential activities both in and out of the school.
Required courses for 6th, 7th and 8th graders:
• Communication arts
• Reading (6th grade)
• Mathematics (6th grade two periods)
• Social studies
• Physical education/ health education
• Literacy and character development hour
“Specials” courses for 6th, 7th and 8th graders:
• Visual arts
• Keyboarding and basic computer usage
• World cultures
• Social connections
• Science connections
Middle School clubs/organizations and sports
Students have the opportunity to participate in interscholastic athletic activities outside of the school day. They compete against teams from other middle schools in the St. Louis metropolitan area.
All Middle School students participate in clubs based on their individual interests. Clubs are incorporated into the school hours on a regularly scheduled basis.
Notes about Middle School SUCCESS program:
1) Every grade level will send a SUCCESS packet home on Thursday afternoon. Students are to complete this packet with 80% accuracy by Tuesday in order to receive Dress Down on Fridays. The purpose of this is to provide additional academic practice to increase student achievement.
2) All students are to be in uniform every day unless they EARNED Dress Down on Fridays. Your student should have a note from a teacher on Thursday afternoon to indicate he/she has earned this privilege for Friday. Students are still expected to wear school appropriate clothing even with Dress Down.
3) Please refer to the student handbook if you have questions regarding the uniform policy.
4) We are utilizing student planners this year and every student must have one. Many of you already paid $3.00 during registration but those who haven’t will incur a fee until the cost is paid. You can check your student’s planner for daily assignments and important information and contact the teachers if you need clarification.
5) SUCCESS hour is a scheduled time where teachers are providing additional support for students based on individual needs. In addition, we will continue after school tutoring Monday through Thursday and students will be required to sign up in the morning in order to stay after with a teacher that day. We will transport the students home on the 5:15 bus.