Learning Community Charter School

Learning Community Charter School

In Middle School, our mission at LCCS is building on the solid academic work students have done in the lower school and helping them prepare for High School and beyond.  While the lower school is about teaching the CIRCLE values (Community, Independence, Respect, Courage, Leadership, and Effort,) – Middle school is about mastering these values, and connecting them to the wider world.

We recognize that the Middle School years are crucial for cementing good habits of learning, and for reaching students who both struggle and excel. We understand that this is a time of great change, as students grow from their childhood into teen years and we see their social and emotional growth as important as their intellectual and academic growth.

In Middle School, the academic model focuses on leadership, collaboration, and authentic learning.

What does that look like? 
In an English Language Arts class, students might examine the news of protest over a high school with a Native American mascot, and then write persuasive essays for each side in the debate. In science, students could study bacterial growth by taking samples from around the school, growing bacteria in a culture and documenting their findings.


Accelerated Math & Science Track: All students are invited to apply for this track where course material is presented in an accelerated manner, culminating with Algebra in 8th Grade. As long as students are able to keep up with course work, they can continue. 

Learning Lab Gifted and Talented Program (Grades 3-8) This program, launched in the 2018-2019 school year will allow students to opt-out of Wingspan arts if they choose to pursue independent research projects supported by LCCS staff. 

Language: Students can continue with Spanish or opt into Mandarin Chinese. 

Peer to Peer: Older students often teach what they have learned to younger peers: In middle school, they learn about physics, and then partner with Pre-kindergarten students who are studying balls. This “peer to peer” teaching focuses students on what they are learning and cements what they discover.


Technology: Coursework in Middle School is almost “paperless” with students becoming more and more adept at working in the cloud, which provides ample opportunities for input from instructors and collaboration with peers.


A unique experience: Students also benefit from programs like Touchstones, an innovative and nationally recognized curriculum that encourages students to lead discussions on important issues, in a Socratic environment. Teachers facilitate a discussion, but do not lead it, allowing students to take the reins. In one study, students were analyzing a passage of the classic French text, “Democracy in Action,” by Alexis de Tocqueville. 

Advisory: Once a week students meet for this social/emotional learning curriculum course. 

Monday Morning Meeting:
Weekly the entire middle school gathers for a session that includes Student Council announcements, team-building exercises, and "Student Shout Outs" to recognize those who go above and beyond. 

21st Century:
 As a way to delve deeply into subjects, three times a year students pick a topic and focus on research, collaboration, and presentation in small groups. Previous choices have included "Mysteries in History," "Create Your Own Country," "Social Justice" and "Prehistoric Stories." 

Middle school students meet for 9 periods, have lunch at 11:30 a.m. and have daily recess. 

National History Day:
All students participate in this project, which is also a statewide contest. 


Tutoring and Enrichment Options:
Peer tutoring is available through the National Junior Honor Society. There is the JagZone program run by teachers that students can participate in if they are experiencing a short-term difficulty with a particular subject or our Intervention program that addresses more global difficulties with supplemental instruction in reading and math. 

High School Admissions:
School counselor Shanelle Muse runs the High School Applications Program (HAP) at LCCS which provides several meetings with parents and students on the process, as well as support including text and email reminders about application deadlines. For full information, click here.  

With an approach that addresses the whole student, that nurtures collaboration, and encourages independence we know we are providing an education that helps our students excel. 


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