Middle school serves as a transitional time for students. As such, at the PALCS Middle School, we strive to:
- Provide a nurturing environment for developing young adults through patience and understanding and promote self-value, cooperation, positive attitudes and tolerance.
- Foster the budding interests of our students by offering expanded elective choices and academic pacing options.
- Emphasize core knowledge by providing students with a solid academic base for future educational challenges in high school and beyond.
Students will be placed into math and language arts sections based upon data compiled from test scores, teacher observation, classroom participation, and overall achievement within their prior course. Each section will be developed for students placed in appropriate tiers. Tier 1 students will be provided on-grade level course content along side of resources to help individualize student instruction tailored to their needs. Tier 2 students will have instruction that focuses on reinforcement as well as on-grade level course content. The Tier 3 students will be placed into a course that delves into further reinforcement of basic foundation skills. This course gives students the opportunity to work through and expand on skills that have been a challenge to master. Tier 3 also provides resources to individualize instruction for students.
Teachers also host Office Hours during standard business hours, where they will be present in a virtual classroom at a scheduled time and be available to assist students with any assignment questions on an as-needed basis. PALCS offers online Homework Help after standard business hours, Sunday through Thursday nights, from 6 pm to 8 pm. Students may log in as needed and speak with a PALCS teacher.
PALCS middle school guidance counselors each maintain a non-academic course where families can access supplemental monthly lessons that explore topics like study skills, time management, career awareness, transition to high school, positive character traits, bullying, and friendship. Guidance resources for parents and students are also posted in this course.
Voyages Through Math is a math intervention course. The course uses the program TransMath. It focuses on key foundational skill building, number sense, and problem-solving experiences. Voyages Through Math follows entrance and exit criteria which include PSSA scores, CDT scores, benchmark assessments, grades in Math, and teacher input. This course takes the place of an elective course.
Voyages through Reading is a reading intervention course. The course uses the Language! Live program and focuses on fluency, comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, and writing. Voyages Through Reading follows entrance and exit criteria which include PSSA scores, CDT scores, iReady scores, benchmark assessments, or other assessments, grades in Language Arts, and teacher input. Voyages Through Reading will take the place of an elective course.
The Guidance Department at PA Leadership provides students with developmental, educational, preventative and responsive services, while encouraging and supporting learning and achievement. Our comprehensive guidance department is fully staffed with a counselor for each grade level to better serve the needs of our families. More information is available on the PALCS Guidance page.
To read more about our SOAR Program, click here.