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 course for Tier 2 students who are scoring close to proficient, according to grade level standards. The course will use the program TransMath and will address the three critical foundations of Algebra which include fluency with whole numbers, fluency with fractions, and particular aspects of geometry and measurement. These specific areas will cover key topics to the conceptual depth necessary for proficiency.
Voyages through Reading is a course for Tier 2 and Tier 3 students who are scoring basic/below basic, or lower/slightly lower than grade level, according to grade level standards. The course will use the program Language Live and will focus on fluency, comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, and writing.
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.