Middle School (6-8)
There are two homerooms in each Middle School Grade 6-8. The Middle School curriculum is sequential in all areas and students are exposed to a wide variety of cross-curricular learning activities. Math, English, Literature, Science, Social Studies, Religion and Spanish are the core subjects. The students rotate among these faculty members, each of whom has expertise in their subject. Courses in Pre-Algebra and Algebra are also offered to students in the Middle School.
Quotes from Middle School Students:
One thing that I liked about 8th grade was being the leaders of the school. This year we were able to host intramurals, we were the refs and set the rules...After seeing all the 8th graders in the past...we finally got to experience it. - 8th grade student
I really like that I get a different teacher every 45 minutes. - 6th grade student
Additional Middle School Information:
Computer Technology, Music, Physical Education, Art, Science Lab, Health & Wellness, and Study Hall are additionally added to the weekly schedule.
Religion is taught on a daily basis. Students attend Mass together each Wednesday, on Holy days and celebrate the Sacrament of Penance in Advent and Lent. Students prepare special programs for our liturgies and participate as servers, lectors, and vocalists.
Parents and students have online access to view progress reports. Online access for parents and students encourages students to be responsible for their own academic progress and allows parents to monitor his/her progress as well. The ability to view grades each week encourages open communication between student, parent, and teacher.
Special Events for Middle School students include Lenten Passion Play, Medieval Day, Science Fair, Field Day, International Day and the 8th Grade Musical. Students also participate in a variety of field trips that in the past have included Mount Vernon, the Newseum, the Holocaust Museum and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. There are many other School Traditions.
Leadership opportunities are available for Middle School students. Middle School students can not only play intramural sports which include soccer, kickball and basketball but can also serve as referees. Middle School students are prayer partners with the younger students helping them to learn proper Mass behavior and participation and joining in creative classroom activities to encourage friendships between the prayer partners. Middle School students can also join the Student Council, Yearbook Club and Computer Club as well and are given leadership roles in the school such as Student Council officers, attendance runners, messengers, safety patrols, and flag raisers.
Middle School Honor Roll includes first and second honors for each trimester based on the following requirements:
- All grades for special classes must be 2's and 3's for both first and second honors.
- First honors require an overall average in all academic classes from 97% to 100%.
- Second honors require an overall average all academic classes from 93% to 96%.
- No student found to have been cheating or plagiarizing work (or assisting anyone in doing either) during the trimester is eligible for honor roll.
Each trimester, teachers of individual subjects scored by percentage grades also post an honor roll for students earning a 97% average or higher in their class, and awards are also given for outstanding work in Art, Music, PE, and Technology.
Quote from Mr. McDonald, Social Studies Teacher: After being here for seven years, I have been amazed at the academic development of the students from 6th to 8th grade. Every year alumni return and tell us how well they were prepared for high school and how successful they have been in honors and AP classes. Parents of alumni convey the same message, and these unsolicited comments are about students who found getting average grades very challenging at OLGC as well as those who consistently made our honor roll. The combination of OLGC’s Salesian spirit of trying to “live Jesus” and its rigorous academics produces very well rounded teenagers.
Our Lady of Good Counsel Curriculum follows the guidelines set forth by the
Arlington Diocese Office of Catholic Schools.