Middle School 5-8

Northside Catholic Academy’s Middle School provides students in grades 5-8 with a challenging, comprehensive and well-rounded curriculum that prepares them for success in high school and beyond. This is one of the few independently housed Middle Schools in Chicago. Located two miles from our Primary School Campus, our Middle School is located in the West Rogers Park neighborhood at 7318 N. Oakley. Having the two separate campuses allows for a deeper focus on the needs of adolescent age students. We provide a safe and friendly environment that focuses on academic achievement, as well as personal development. Students switch classrooms and have individual lockers located in the hallways.

NCA’s curriculum aligns with the Common Core Standards and includes Spanish, Technology, Art, Music and Physical Education. We also implement a STEAM philosophy into our technology curriculum across all grade levels in science, math and art. We believe that this well-rounded approach to education provides students with the engaging, hands-on learning experience needed for our students to thrive and succeed in our rapidly changing world. It prepares them to think and act critically, creatively and collaboratively; to work to the best of their ability; and to develop self-awareness, responsibility and curiosity.

  • Language Arts: Wonders Literacy Program with supplemental novel studies (5-6); Literature based using an anthology and novel studies (7-8)
  • Math: U of C Everyday Math Program (5-6); Pre-Algebra (7); Algebra (8)
  • Science: SEPUP Science Program
  • Technology: Our Middle School technology curriculum includes the use of 3-D printers, a laser engraver, electrical circuitry, and drone technology. We use Lenovo Yoga Tablets and Google Classroom, and all classrooms are equiped with interactive white boards.
  • Fine Arts: Middle School students also have a fine arts program that includes ballroom dancing, storytelling, drama, and improvisation.
 

Differentiated Instruction

Knowing that there are different learning levels within a class, we strive to develop skills in each child. Lessons are multi-leveled to promote success for all students. In addition, our teachers

use a variety of instructional strategies in their classrooms in order to meet the individual needs of their students. This differentiation may be in the content, activities, projects, use of ongoing assessment, or through flexible grouping. Teachers will also work with an individual student or small group to vary the teaching in order to create the best learning experience for the student.

Religion

Our goal is to help students grow in their relationship with God in age-appropriate ways. Along with character building lesson plans, students participate in service projects, weekly mass and celebrate Catholic traditions. Our Catholic values are respected by people of all faiths and we welcome non-Catholic students.

Homework and Grades

Homework is given nightly Monday-Thursday, averaging 60-120, minutes including time allotted for studying for tests. Students also should be reading at least 15-20 minutes daily. Middle School students may have long-range assignments that need work on the weekends. Homework can include: written assignments, silent or oral reading practice, reviewing work covered in class, finishing class assignments, practicing Math facts, working on a book report or other long term project, studying for a test, or independent reading. Letter grades begin in third grade, but all students PreK-8 receive quarterly report cards.