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Middle School: Grades 6-8

St. Rose of Lima’s middle school program provides a solid transition through the crucial period of physical, emotional, and intellectual development between childhood and early adolescence. 


St. Rose of Lima Middle School is designed to meet the needs, interests, and abilities of students who seek a challenging learning environment. Behavioral standards are held high to allow teachers to focus on helping students grow in knowledge.


Academic subjects prepare students for high school and beyond. The academic program includes opportunities both for the development of basic skills and for acceleration and advancement. 


Through a rich and rewarding community service program, coupled with a strong spiritual program, students begin their journey to self-awareness and develop their sense of caring and concern for others.


St. Rose Middle School students:

  • Rotate classes throughout the school day, enabling them to experience different teachers and teaching styles.

  • Learn through practice how to better organize themselves and utilize their student planners.

  • Learn from dynamic teachers who utilize advanced technology to create interactive learning environments.

  • Experience increased personal responsibility, which is excellent early preparation for high school.

  • ALL have individual iPads that they use daily for schoolwork and projects (at school and at home). 


6th Grade

Sixth Grade at St. Rose of Lima provides a foundation of faith, organization and intellectual stimulation. which become part of our young people’s daily lives. Our caring, passionate teachers recognize that young students naturally question opinions and beliefs as they formulate their own moral standards and values. We use this bridge of time to instill skills of evaluative thought and exploration. Students participate in Outdoor School at Camp Alegre – a four day -three night, overnight adventure in science and environmental studies.


7th Grade

Our Seventh Grade curriculum is faith-filled, diversified and exciting. 

  • Students actively participate and read all genres of literature as readers or writers of poetry.

  • The implementation of the 6+1 Writing Traits form our writing standards are used throughout all subject areas.

  • Students are actively involved in science labs and lecture for a more hands-on approach to science.

  • Students utilize their math text book for everyday reinforcement and guided practice.

  • Students take a three-day excursion to Catalina Island.


8th Grade

Eighth Grade students prepare both academically and spiritually for their transition to high school. 

  • The curriculum is aligned with the California State and The Los Angles Archdiocesan STARS Language Arts Standards.

  • Students in the eighth grade demonstrate leadership on campus, and lead the student body in daily prayer.

  • Eighth grade students have the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. in May.

  • Each eighth grade student prepares a multi-genre essay and presentation detailing his/her experience at St. Rose of Lima based on the Schoolwide Learning Expectations. The project will be a culmination of their spiritual and academic growth.

  • As a graduation incentive, students who maintain academic and behavioral excellence have an opportunity to attend a class field trip to Magic Mountain at the end of the school year.

As a graduation requirement, each 8th grader produces a binder and presentation that is a compilation of class work, activities, and accomplishments demonstrating how they have achieved the St. Rose Schoolwide Learning Expectations. This is the “Principal’s SLE Project”. Here they sum up their years at St. Rose. They are asked to demonstrate in a variety of ways how they have learned and mastered the SLEs during the years of their elementary education. Each class brings their own vision to this project and we are always impressed with the end results.

Schoolwide Learning Expectations (SLEs) are skills and qualities a St. Rose student learns and acquires by the time he or she graduates. These goals have been collaboratively developed by our Students, Parents, Teachers, Staff and School Board, reflecting the St. Rose of Lima School's Policy and Mission Statement. Teachers incorporate these SLEs into their lesson plans, instilling in their students what it means to be a St. Rose graduate. Through our SLEs, our goal is to develop active faith-filled individuals who are life-long achievers, effective communicators, responsible decision makers, and culturally aware global citizens. Our SLEs are an important part of our rich and challenging program.

Schoolwide Learning Expectations (SLE) Project


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