High School Preparation for Long-Term Success

The Middle School at St. John the Evangelist School—which includes Grades 5-8—promotes high school preparation. Students are challenged to think critically and to solve complex problems. Working collaboratively, students organize information, data, findings, and results across academic subjects, and learn to communicate effectively using a variety of media. Project-based learning develops the skills necessary to work individually and with others on tasks of greater complexity over longer timeframes.

The full standard curriculum dives into World and US History, Spanish, Algebra 1, Pre-algebra, Literature, Religion and more. Students also engage in developing the cultural competence to enable them to work effectively with diverse groups in diverse settings. Upon 8th Grade graduation, students have developed a mindset that directs their own learning. They can transfer knowledge in core academic subjects to other situations successfully. St. John the Evangelist Catholic Middle School students are accepted at and attend a wide variety of strong high schools in the area. They are well-prepared and ready for the challenges that high school presents.

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Middle School Program: Grades 5-8

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The goal of the Middle School Program is to provide a community in which learning addresses the intellectual, spiritual, moral, emotional, social, and physical development of the early adolescent.

Our Goal 

Students are provided with educational experience that facilitates the transition from elementary school to the more rigorous learning environment of high school.
Although the content areas are departmentalized, the approach to the curriculum as a whole is fully-integrated, supporting hands-on activities and project-based learning. Students are taught to master skills and to progress from concrete to abstract thinking as they mature intellectually.

Students in middle school develop advanced skills in using individual chrome books that they are given for the entire school year and interactive Smartboards to prepare and present their work. Teachers and students use Google Classroom for note taking and assignments.

Unique Offerings

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Robotics VEX-IQ League

The VEX-IQ Robotics Team is available for students in middle school who would like to get some hands-on robotic design experience. Students learn the fundamentals of the Robot C programming language, gaining engineering skills in an engaging environment. Mapped to national standards, this club focuses on creativity, problem-solving, teamwork and leadership. Participating students attend competition events with their team—on a local, state, national and international level.

Our Graduates

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Graduates of the Unified Schools of St. Mary Magdalen & St. John the Evangelist go on to attend such prestigious high schools as:

  • Avon Old Farms School
  • Henry Abbott Technical High School
  • Canterbury School
  • Choate Rosemary Hall
  • Ellis Clark Regional Agriscience High School
  • The Frederick Gunn School
  • Holy Cross High School
  • Hopkins School
  • The Hotchkiss School
  • Nonnewaug High School
  • Northwest Catholic High School
  • Notre Dame - Fairfield
  • Oliver Wolcott Technical High School
  • Pomperaug High School
  • St. Paul High School
  • The Taft School
  • Wamogo High School
  • Waterbury Career Academy
  • Watertown High School
  • Westover School
  • W. F. Kaynor Technical High School

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