BUILDING CHARACTER FOR LIFE THROUGH PROGRAMMING
How to make your Middle School Years at St. Francis Xavier special:
- Be a Mentor! — We offer a Preschool through Grade 8 experience where students have an opportunity to give back to their school community by being a mentor/big-brother/big-sister to preschool students throughout their middle school years.
- Qualify for NJHS! — Students are able to qualify for application to the National Junior Honor Society at St. Francis Xavier School (NJHS) starting in their 6th grade year, and while not all students qualify for membership to the society, the goal is to develop well-rounded students who help their peers to be service-minded. This has been a great vehicle for members to engage the school and their peers in community service projects throughout the year.
- Enjoy your FAM House! — New in 2021-2022, our middle school students now participate in the FAM House System to help in the ever-important development of self-confidence and belonging that a tween/teen needs.
- Share your Faith! — Students participate more actively in Campus Ministry
- Be a Leader! — Students take on leadership as Student Ambassadors and FAM House Captains
- Be a Tutor! — NJHS Students can also volunteer as a Tutor
- Run for Student Council! — and in Grade 8, Student Council officers are elected and help to plan and host many fundraising events throughout the year that reinforce school spirit while raising necessary funds for their end-of-year class activities.
Grades 6-8 are departmentalized and so students change classrooms for the various academic disciplines, preparing them for the multi-teacher experience of high school. Algebra 1 is offered for students in grade 8 who qualify. Students have an element of choice for their Fine Arts elective (Music Appreciation and/or Art) and Language Lab choices for middle school include Latin, Spanish, or Portuguese. Students will have opportunities to build executive functioning skills to manage long-term, individualized academic projects while in middle school. Students in grades 7 & 8 participate in the Science and Engineering Fair and all students in grade 6-8 participate in the History Fair.
The school’s curriculum follows the standards from the Diocese of Fall River and aligns itself with the Common Core State Standards as is most appropriate.
Grade K through 8 are offering all major and minor courses recommended by the Diocese of Fall River. These include the following:
Language Arts *
Algebra (8th grade qualifiers) *
Social Studies/History *
Spelling (Gr. 1-5) *
Art (PS-5; 6-8 elective)
Physical Education (PS-8)
Language Lab (Spanish or Portuguese K-8; with Latin elective 6-8)
It is the philosophy of our school and the Diocese of Fall River that children need to develop study skills as well as the discipline to make their learning experiences an integral part of their everyday life. It is also invaluable for students to continuously review mastered concepts and to apply them in varied ways.
In this day and age, Computer technology is no longer simply a separate course limited to the ‘computer lab’. The availability of Chromebook carts in the school allows for Technology to be integrated into the classroom subjects throughout the year for students. Teachers are also able to utilize our school’s STEM lab to enhance their instruction.
Teachers also communicate with parents through their classroom webpages to help open communication and build a bridge for student learning both in the classroom and through practice with parents at home. Click here to learn more about the technologies available at the school to support our middle school students.