Middle School

Grades 6-8 at Holy Cross Lutheran School

Our School’s Mission & Vision

Christian Faith and Challenging Academics

The mission of Holy Cross Lutheran School is to provide a Christ-centered, nurturing ministry for children and their families, with an emphasis on academic excellence.

Middle School

Holy Cross Lutheran School places an emphasis on academic excellence and teaching of the Christian faith. Our curriculum is challenging, yet flexible, and is designed to meet or exceed the standards set by the State of Indiana. Our teachers are dedicated to providing this excellence in an atmosphere of personal warmth and Christian love, recognizing the individuality of each child and nurturing a positive self-concept.

Connections for Learning

Our middle school team plans and creates connections for learning. By using context and relevance, students become more interested in and experience connections to concepts. Connections lead to more critical thinking and help with content retention.

Required Curriculum

  • Religious Studies
  • Language Arts (Literature, Vocabulary, Writing and Research)
  • Social Sciences
  • Math
  • STEM
  • Fine Arts (Band or Choir)
  • Art
  • Physical Education

Leadership

Middle school leaders have a big impact on our school, and there are many leadership opportunities at Holy Cross. Students can be ambassadors, develop content for and lead chapel, head morning announcements and more. Leadership roles build confidence and help keep students engaged in school. Students increase their skills and are better prepared for high school.

Advance-Level Classes

There are many advance-level classes middle school students can take advantage of in addition to the required curriculum.

  • Spanish (two-year program is equivalent to freshman Spanish)
  • German
  • Band
  • Choir
  • Show Choir
  • Jazz Band
  • Advance Writing
  • Problem Solving
  • Yearbook
  • Cooking
  • Drama
  • Robotics

All middle school students have personal growth time (PGT) each day too, which helps them learn to take ownership of their education.

Come see for yourself all Holy Cross has to offer in middle school education.

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Holy Cross Lutheran School
8115 Oaklandon Road
Indianapolis, Indiana 46236
317.826.1234

High Ability Program at Holy Cross Lutheran School

Holy Cross is committed to meet the needs of high ability students whose performance is consistent with nationally-recognized criteria for giftedness. We provide them with advanced experiences beyond grade-level curriculum through acceleration and/or enrichment of the curriculum.

High Ability students perform at or show the potential for performing at an outstanding level of accomplishment in at least one domain (areas of aptitude and talent) compared to other students of the same age, experience, or environment and is characterized by exceptional gifts, talents, motivation, or interest.

Cluster Model

Cluster grouping is when gifted and talented and/or high-achieving students are identified as being within the top five percent and placed in a standard, mixed-ability (heterogeneous) classroom within their grade. Groupings of three to six or five to eight are typical cluster groups. If there are more than eight to ten students meeting the necessary criteria, another cluster group is typically formed and placed in a different class.

Advantages of Clustering

Grouping all gifted children in a regular classroom provides:

  • Social, emotional, and academic advantages to students.
  • Inclusive spaces.
  • Gifted students often feel more comfortable among students with similar abilities.
  • Cluster groupings help facilitate this comfort level by increasing the number of high achieving students within one class.

Cluster Model

Cluster grouping is when gifted and talented and/or high-achieving students are identified as being within the top five percent and placed in a standard, mixed-ability (heterogeneous) classroom within their grade. Groupings of three to six or five to eight are typical cluster groups. If there are more than eight to ten students meeting the necessary criteria, another cluster group is typically formed and placed in a different class.

Advantages of Clustering

Grouping all gifted children in a regular classroom provides:

  • Social, emotional, and academic advantages to students.
  • Inclusive spaces.
  • Gifted students often feel more comfortable among students with similar abilities.
  • Cluster groupings help facilitate this comfort level by increasing the number of high achieving students within one class.

 

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