In LSA's Middle School program, we help students meet their full potential and prepare for high school. A healthy mix of academic challenges and personal growth opportunities keeps the students focused on reaching their personal best all the while being their best selves.
Middle school is a unique and exciting time of change as students move from childhood to young adulthood. Thus, these are special, exciting years as students experience sudden bursts of growth, not only in their bodies, but also in their spiritual, academic and social lives. Understanding this is critical as we guide our students learn who they are and how they learn best.
Exceptional Teaching Starts with Understanding Students' Needs
We know that no two students learn in the same way, so we individualize our program to help each student find success. In the classroom, teachers utilize creative approaches so that students not only learn conceptually, but they also learn how to learn effectively. Through our small class sizes, engaging teacher/student relationships, and genuine concern for each student, we emphasize social/emotional growth through personal relationships, academic excellence through critical thinking, and commitment to community through leadership and extra-curricular opportunities
Classes are taught using different teaching techniques such as small-group discussions; lecturing/note-taking; or assigning and supervising collaborative, hands-on projects, all of which give students a well-rounded foundation upon which they can build successful futures.
Each student in grades 6-8 participates in the 1:1 laptop program and receives a MacBook Air to use at school and at home to complement the educational experience at LSA. This allows teachers to integrate the use of technology for activities such as note taking, study skills, organization, presentations, and much more, and allows the learning environment to reach far past the confines of the classroom.
Partnering with Parents
We believe that parent involvement is critical to the success of our students. Our faculty members and administrators are committed to partner with our Middle School students and their families as they travel through these interesting, and often challenging, years.
Lutheran South Academy uses a daily core curriculum, enriched with additional courses and electives to meet the needs of our students.
Core subjects include the following:
Lutheran South Academy accepts students with a wide range of academic ability. Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all our students while preparing them for eventual college acceptance. Most core classes are designated as Pre-AP and even available for high school credit for qualified students.
The Middle School student body and staff are divided into 12 family groups. Each group has a faculty leader and between 15-20 students composed of students from all three grade levels. This group meets during a designated time each day. Group activities include Bible study, character education, and team building exercises. The goal of family groups is to ensure that each student has a connecting point and an advocate.
Our faith in Christ is the basis on which we build everything we do at LSA. Religion is much more than chapel programs and memorizing Bible verses. Faith in Christ will make a difference in lives now and in eternity. The goal of the Religion curriculum at LSA is for students to build a foundation to be productive, active members of Christian congregations, both now when they are students and in the future as they become young adults.
Once a week, all Middle School students gather to join in a worship setting. As the students learn proper behavior for meaningful worship, they participate in songs, prayer, and hear a Christ-centered message applicable to their lives. LSA faculty members or guest speakers, who present the message, always reassure the students of the hope they can have through Jesus' death and resurrection for their salvation. Students are incorporated into worship through service roles in addition to occasionally helping with leadership or with musical or dramatic performances.
Throughout the year students are given opportunities to give back to people or organizations where there are needs. In past years, students have collected Christmas toys to share with children who are less fortunat, and they have given of their time to help around LSA in clean up projects. They've also provided assistance to missionaries over seas or to organizations in our community withofferings collected during chapel.