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How We Do Humanities

Our Middle School Humanities Curriculum integrates literature, writing, social studies, and religion.

Our Literature & Language Arts program focuses on skilled and proficient communication, both written and oral. Language skills are integrated into all areas of the middle school curriculum including mathematics and science.


  • building critical reading and analytical skills
  • developing vocabulary
  • learning more about different cultures, literary genres, and complex issues


  • grammar, usage, mechanics
  • writing for different purposes: descriptive, narrative, expository, persuasive, comparative, cause/effect
  • organization, voice, word choice, and sentence fluency
  • using the writing process (pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, publishing)

Oral Presentation Skills

  • presenting as an individual speaker or in small groups
  • working with a variety of formats including speeches, oral readings, and panel presentations
  • integrating technology and multimedia into presentations

Our Social Studies program provides a well-rounded approach to understanding our culture and how it interplays with others in a global society.

Our program focuses on:

  • project-based learning that incorporates research, using technology, critical thinking, writing, and presentation skills
  • integrating civics, culture, geography, and history

6th grade focus – ancient cultures and the history of the world including the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Age of Revolutions
7th grade focus – world geography
8th grade focus – U.S. history and how Americans interplay with other cultures in a global society

Our Middle School Religion program promotes a personal and active faith in God. Each student is encouraged to develop his/her ability to reflect on his/her relationship with self, God, and others.

In religion class, students:

  • learn about the relationship with God and others through the Catholic tradition and Cabrinian spirituality
  • practice personal and communal prayers
  • attend liturgical celebrations and retreats
  • help others through community service activities

In addition to class and school wide service opportunities, middle schoolers are expected to fulfill nine hours of community service each trimester.

6th grade focus – community and Old Testament
7th grade focus – community and New Testament
8th grade focus – service, ethics, World Religions, and being members of the church

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