Middle School Course Catalog

We base the life and work of the school and our relationships with one another on the Great Commandment and the pursuit of the Augustinian characteristics of Veritas, Unitas, and Caritas, or Truth, Unity, and Love.

We believe that all teachers and administrators share responsibility for students’ formation through their direct instruction, through the example of their daily behavior, language and demeanor, and through their support of students’ participation in the spiritual life of the school.

As community has always been at the core of Catholic religious experience, so, too, all interactions that proceed from school life should reaffirm all members’ sense of belonging, regardless of their age, role or responsibilities. Steady growth in the understanding and appreciation of this principle of community is one of the most important focuses of our approach to education. As students mature, we attempt to extend this sense of community to the larger society and to all of its people.

This is the context in which we state the following educational goals:

  • To provide for our students a curriculum that embraces the totality of the person: intellectual, moral, spiritual, social, aesthetic, and physical.
  • To challenge all students to achieve their maximum potential according to the gifts God has given them.
  • To guide the students and help them to prepare for further education, for their work in life, and for service to society.
  • To help students develop a morally aware and independent mind so that they are capable of thinking and judging in accordance with logical and ethical reasoning.
  • To develop students’ characters so that they will act as people of principle and integrity.
  • To offer a Catholic environment that respects all religious traditions, encourages the practice of faith, and gives students a basis for spiritual reflection throughout their lives.
  • To lead students to appreciate the challenges and opportunities of living in a democratic society and prepare them to participate intelligently in its government.
  • To prepare students for the challenges of living in a global culture and to develop in them an appreciation of the values and contributions of all cultures and a respect for differences of perspective and belief.

Curriculum Sequence

Please note: This is the curriculum sequence for the 2017-2018 academic year. 

DEPARTMENT 
GRADE 6 
GRADE 7 
GRADE 8 
English
Grade 6 English
Grade 7 English
Grade 8 English
Languages* 
 Latin - Classics
OR
Mandarin
Latin - Classics (continued)
OR
Mandarin (continued)
Choice of: 
Latin, French, Mandarin, Spanish 
History 
Becoming Historians 
 Comparative Cultures
 Civics and
Early Modern History
 Mathematics
Grade 6 Mathematics
OR
Accelerated Grade 6 
Mathematics
 
Grade 7 Mathematics
OR
Grade 7
Pre-Algebra 
Grade 8 Pre-Algebra
OR
Algebra 
Science 
Introduction to Science 
Life & Space Science 
Physical Science 
 Theology
We are God's People 
We Live our Faith as Disciples of Jesus 
We Live our Faith as Members of the Church 
Art & Design
(semester courses) 
 Elective**
 Elective**
Elective**

 

All sixth grade students take our developmental Classics (Latin) or Mandarin course. Students must remain with that language through the end of their seventh grade year. Students new to Austin in Grade 7 will study Classics (Latin) or Mandarin. Students new to Mandarin will be in a blended 6-7 Middle School Mandarin 1 class. Students new to Classics will be placed in Classics 276 or, based on enrollment, may be placed in a blended 6-7 Classics 1 course. All eighth grade students participate in our Upper School Languages program and will select from French, Latin, Mandarin, or Spanish. Students will study a minimum of one language through the third level or three years, whichever is longer. Eighth grade language classes may include Upper School students as classmates.

** Middle school students take electives in the Department of Art and Design each semester. 

All students are required to perform community service in order to matriculate.

DEPARTMENT 
GRADE 6 
GRADE 7 
GRADE 8 
Community Service Requirement
2 hours 
3 hours
4 hours, plus service paper
 

101 Willow Street  •  Reading, MA 01867
Phone: (781) 944 - 4900  •  Fax: (781) 944 - 7530

Austin Preparatory School is a Catholic private school in Reading, MA for Middle School and High School students in grades 6-12. We seek to cultivate the hearts and minds of our young students and provide an environment in which our students can successfully learn, grow, and develop beyond the classroom.

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