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The Middle School Experience

The Redeemer Middle School Program offers a unique educational experience from grades 6 through 8.  Our school mission is to Love Jesus, Love Learning, and Love Others.  

 

Love Jesus.

Faith Development

A key to helping students grow in Redeemer Lutheran Schools Middle School is students’ internalizing and developing a strong personal walk with Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.   Students learn to live in the freedom of the gospel while studying the Bible, worshiping, praying, giving and participating in outreach.  Students dig deeper into God’s Word and learn to apply it to lives joys, challenges, and relationships.  Bible studies tend to be topical to help students apply God’s Word. 

 

Love Learning.

Academic Excellence

Students are encouraged to stretch and grow as they explore the world that God has created.   Our curriculum is accelerated to prepare the students’ well for high school. Teachers use a variety of methods from project-based learning to a discussion, to lecture to name just a few.   Our goal is to create life-long learners.

 

Some point of interest about our curriculum are:

  • Religion classes four days a week and Chapel every week.
  • 6th Grade Core classes: History, Language, Literature, Math, Science.
  • 7th and 8th Grade Core classes: History, Language, Literature, Math, Science and High School Spanish
  • Students can earn the following high school credits when graduating from Redeemer:
    • Health
    • Speech
    • Algebra
    • Spanish
  • Middle school students have PE at least two times per week.
  • SMART Boards are used in each classroom.  Middle school uses technology daily to add to their learning with 1-to-1 iPads.
  • 6th – 8th-grade students work with Microsoft Office (Excel, Publisher, Word, and PowerPoint), Lego Robotics, game design programs, video editing software, and Google Sketch-Up.
 

iPad Integration

All students in Redeemer Lutheran Schools Middle School own their iPad.   Students learn how to use this technology to collaborate, investigate, research, organize, present, communicate and develop critical thinking skills.    Redeemer’s math textbooks are accessed online with many interactive features.   Students and teachers use Edmodo for reducing the amount of paper clutter and Notability for learning to take and organize notes.

  

Electives

Middle School students are allowed the option of choosing two electives per semester.   The electives for the 2015/2016 school year were:

  • Choir
  • Beginner’s Band
  • Advanced Band
  • Musical
  • Praise Band
  • Praise Band Guitar
  • Servant Leadership
  • Crocheting
  • WORDart
  • Ceramics I & II
  • Robotics/Innovative Ideas
  • Eco Heroes
  • Chapel Prep
  • Cooking Class
  • Introduction to Audio Production
  • Middle School Dance Leaders
  • Theater Arts
  • Advanced Media Technologies
  • Office/Teacher Assistant
  • Homework Help (Available for students with a 504)

**Classes are subject to change yearly due to the interest of students and educators.  Additional costs may come with some of these electives.

More detailed information about what the electives are, are available at our Middle School Electives Page.  Please visit this page to learn more! 

 

Field Trips

  • 6th Grade trip to Houston (3 days and two nights). Students will visit NASA, the Blue Bell Creamery, and a variety of museums including the McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science, San Jacinto Monument, and Battle Ship Texas.  Students will also participate in a service project.
  • 7th Grade trip to Big Bend (5 days and four nights). Students will take desert and mountain hikes, identifying various plant and animal species of the Big Bend area.  Students will journal and write poetry, and work on developing a deeper relationship with each other and their Savior, Jesus Christ.
  • 8th grade trip to St. Louis (4 days and three nights). Students will visit the St. Louis Arch, Zoo, Science Center, Lock and Dams, take a River Boat Cruise, and visit other local attractions.  On the trip, students will have opportunities to understand further how God works in their lives.

 

Love Others.

Developing Relationships

Redeemer Lutheran School’s Middle School excels at helping students form life-long relationships.   Teachers intentionally invest in students’ lives to help them grow in their self-esteem, their confidence but most importantly their love of Jesus.  Students connect through many activities such as sports or the musical and learn to appreciate each other’s strengths.  An emphasis is put on safe relationships.

 

Extracurricular Activities

Students have many opportunities to be involved in activities outside the classroom.  Some of these activities are:

  • Student Council
  • National Junior Honor Society
  • Service Projects
  • The Fall Musical
  • PSIA (Private Schools Interscholastic Association) Academic Competition
  • AIPL (Austin Inter-Parochial League) Athletic Teams
    • Flag Football
    • Basketball
    • Volleyball
    • Soccer
    • Golf
    • Cross Country
    • Track
  • Three Dances per year
  • Concordia Spelling Bee
  • Scripps Spelling Bee
  • Dodge Ball
  • Robotics Competition
 

Our Middle School offers three themed Middle School Dances throughout the year.  Seasonal class parties are typically enjoyed at the Redeemer Lutheran Church Youth Center.

 

Parent Involvement

  • Parents are encouraged to be supportive of their middle school child’s developing independence while remaining active participants in their daily learning activities.
  • Parents are invited to help with grade level parties and chaperone class trips.
  • Volunteers are always welcome for activities such as The Middle School Musical (in the Fall), and The Dodge Ball Tournament (in the Spring)

 

Class Ratio and Sizes

Two sections with a class size of 24 students each.  Our Middle School program will enroll a maximum of 144 students.