Grades 6 - 8 (approx. 12 - 14 years old)
Middle School is a turning point in a young person’s life. It is a point of transition from Elementary School to High School, from childhood to adolescence. In educational terms it marks a time when the core curriculum is no longer delivered by a Homeroom teacher but instead is taught by a team of subject specialists. At Marymount, Middle School students develop leadership skills and assume responsibility as they serve as an example to their fellow students and fulfil their potential as engaged members of the wider community.
The Middle School day begins with Advisory. This is a time when the students meet as a class with their Advisor for the purpose of advising them on academic, social and future planning issues. Built in to our Advisory session is a time for prayer and reflection. Advisory is designed to foster stronger teacher-student relationships and a stronger sense of community and belonging in students.
The rest of the day is broken down by academic discipline consisting of the Core Subjects of English Language Arts, Mathematics, French, Religion, Science and Social Studies, which are complemented by courses in Art, Drama, Music, Health and PE, which we collectively call the Specials. Running alongside these subject areas is technology integration, which involves a full time technology specialist working alongside students and teachers to ensure the best practices of 21st Century Learning.
In addition to the Core and Specials students have an opportunity to choose two courses that they study for one semester as part of our Exploratory program. The Exploratory program changes from year to year in order to offer students a wealth of opportunity. In recent times such courses as Mandarin, Spanish, Latin, Robotics, Forensic Science, French Basketball, Model United Nations, Math Competition, and Creative Technology have been offered to our students.
The RSHM Award is awarded annually to students who demonstrate sustained commitment in the area of Service Learning and in doing so live out the mission of our school.
In the words of Mother Butler, “The aims of a Marymount education are manifold: to educate the heart and mind, and to provide for each student’s total growth, intellectually, spiritually, socially, and physically.”
Goal 1: To foster a personal relationship with God - Student participants will explore their spirituality.
Goal 2: To create unity through diversity - Student participants will experience team building through sports.
Goal 3: To instill a life-long love of learning - Student participants will develop and express critical thinking skills.
Goal 4: To encourage and affirm personal growth - Student participants will facilitate a learning experience for others.
Goal 5: To awaken a consciousness of social justice -Student participants will actively serve their community.
Goal 6: To fulfill the Mission of the RSHM: That all may have life - Student participants will conduct a personal reflection on what they have learned about themselves and how their experience is a reflection of the Mission of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary.
In order to achieve full honors in their Marymount Diploma students must have completed the RSHM Award program. This recognizes the holistic nature of Marymount where academic rigor and developing ones virtues are seen as essential aspects of education.