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Our middle school program is specifically designed to prepare students for the rigorous high school classes they will face at St. Dom's in grades 9 – 12.  Middle school classes focus on establishing organizational skills, problem solving, critical thinking, reasoning, and study skills within each content area.   Teaching and learning is planned to provide support and paced to maintain increasing levels of difficulty in the areas of reading, writing, math, science, and social studies.  Middle School students who are advanced in math have the opportunity to take high school level Algebra I in eighth grade.

Each class period is a 40-minute well-structured and interactive session that meets daily.  Enrichment classes such as Phys Ed, Art, Music, Spanish, and/or French take place in the last period of the day and alternate according to a Black and White schedule.  

SAMPLE First Quarter Schedule

Doors Open 7:45 – 8:15 am À la carte breakfast available in the Commons

Homeroom/Morning Prayer  8:15 – 8:25 am
 
Period I      8:25 – 9:05 am Language Arts
Period II     9:10 – 9:50 am Math
Period III    9:55 – 10:35 am Science
Period IV    10:40 – 11:20 am Social Studies
 
Lunch and Recess  11:25 – 12:05 pm
 
Period V    12:10 – 12:55 pm French or Spanish
Period VI   1:00 - 1:40 pm Theology
Period VII  1:40 - 2:20 pm Special (see below)
 
SAMPLE SPECIALS SCHEDULE — Period VII
 
First Quarter
Black Days  Music
White Days  Art
 
Second Quarter Enrichment
Black Days  Art
White Days  Phys Ed
 
Third Quarter Enrichment
Black Days  Phys Ed
White Days  Music
 
Fourth Quarter Enrichment
Black Days  Music
White Days  Phys Ed
 
Grade 6 Courses
Theology
Math
Language Arts
Social Studies
Science
Art, Music, French or Spanish, Physical Education
 
Grade 7
Theology
Math or Pre-Algebra
Social Studies
Science
Literature
Writing
Art, Music, French or Spanish, Physical Education
 
Grade 8
Theology
Pre-Algebra or Algebra I
Social Studies
Science
Literature
Writing
Art, Music, French or Spanish, Physical Education
 
For more information, contact Principal J.P. Yorkey at john.yorkey@portlanddiocese.org or 207-782-6911 ext. 2103.
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