MIDDLE SCHOOL ACADEMICS
Our Middle School is designed to provide a college preparatory curriculum to its students and meet their changing physical, social, and academic needs. In middle school, students are making the transition from child to young adult. They must embrace life and its questions from a new perspective and must grow in their maturity, independence, and responsibility. Our program is designed to give students the skills necessary for higher learning, to help them grow in their ability to organize knowledge, cooperate in groups, and gain independence. Our teachers are aware of and address the unique spiritual needs of this age as well. Inductive Bible studies help our middle school students grow in their faith and knowledge of the truth. Throughout the middle school years students will be exposed to enrichment opportunities, will start to earn high school credits, and will begin to explore together with their parents pathways for their future learning and success.
THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE
Our sixth and seventh graders enjoy 4 days of rigorous classroom based instruction and a fifth day of rich directed independent study. They also have the option to complete their fifth day lesson plans under the direction of a certified teacher. Our eighth graders enjoy 5 days of rigorous classroom based instruction. In the classroom, higher order thinking skills will be engaged and developed through hands-on experiments, class discussions, small group projects, and large group work. Teachers will work with students to help them develop study and life management skills. Homework will be assigned each night to practice concepts introduced in class, and Fridays will be devoted to additional challenge opportunities, individual research and group projects, literature and history readings, test preparation, and personal and family devotional time.
THE PARENT EXPERIENCE
In the middle school years, parents move from the role of teacher to that of coach and mentor. Instruction in all new concepts will be provided in class, and parents will be freed up to focus on the spiritual and relational needs of their students. Bible work on Fridays will have a parent discussion component to provide parents with a window into the heart of their child. Parents will work with their students to help them develop and practice time management and study skills. Parents have the peace of mind in knowing their students are in a spiritually encouraging and academically challenging atmosphere of learning.
CLA’s Middle School offers courses in:
- Language Arts
- Math (6th Grade Math, Course 2 Math, 7th Grade Math, Pre-Algebra, Honors Algebra 1)
- Science (Life Science, Physical Science, Honors Earth/Space Science*)
- Social Studies (U.S. History – Part 2, World History, Honors Cultural Geography*)
- Spanish (Middle School Spanish, Honors Spanish 1A, Honors Spanish 1B)
- Physical Education
- Enrichment opportunities include: Leadership through service projects, Fine Arts/Music Electives, Robotics Club, Middle School Student Council.
- *Honors Algebra 1, Honors Cultural Geography, Honors Earth/Space Science, and Honors Spanish 1A and 1B are high school credit courses.
- Other Honors and standard courses are facilitated through Florida Virtual School to meet all student needs.
Additionally, students may participate in the following special events and activities:
- An annual Thanksgiving program featuring performances by students
- The Tropicana Speech contest
- Spelling Bee
- Mini Mu math competition
- Annual Grandparents Day program featuring performances by students
- Educational field trips
- Geography Bee
- Science Fair
Community Leadership Academy’s prescribed dress and personal appearance is meant to promote modesty, respect, and cleanliness; be appropriate; and reflect a standard of excellence.
Students are required to wear the designated uniform for Lower and Middle School. Students may choose from khaki or navy uniform line bottoms paired with red, yellow or white tops with CLA logo. An item labeled uniform line maintains traditional colors, cuts and lengths considered appropriate for many school dress codes. Tops must be purchased at the approved sources only.
Lands End School
The school code is 900150103.
Please download the complete CLA dress code below:
UPPER SCHOOL HANDBOOK
The Upper School Handbook is the best place to find all CLA policies in detail.