Academics
Middle School

Special Programs

Middle School Special Programs

Our middle school division strives to provide an environment where students feel safe taking healthy risks. As they continuously challenge themselves to push beyond their comfort zones, students begin to identify their own learning styles and instinctively become better students. Our teachers work on challenging students daily and encouraging them to stretch themselves as they discover the joy of the learning process.

List of 10 items.

  • Advisories

    Advisories are support groups for students composed of a small group of students, each led by a faculty member. These groups meet weekly to provide members with opportunities to build their skills in self-assessment, interpersonal communication, problem-solving, and decision-making. They are intended to help students address "normal" developmental issues as they manifest themselves in school, friendships, and family relationships. Advisories are not problem-oriented, nor are they reserved for students experiencing specific difficulties. Rather, they allow the faculty the opportunity to know the students better in a small environment.
  • Media

    Students brainstorm, write, direct, film, and produce their own public service announcements, documentaries, commercials, student spotlights, creative pieces for academic pep rallies, and more. Bluegator Buzz is a student-led weekly newscast showcasing campus happenings and upcoming events. From actors and actresses to editors and producers, students have the opportunity to be involved in the entire video process.  Green screen technologies allow for creative expression and cross-curricular connections.
  • Middle School Co-Curricular Activities

    In addition to the other activities offered to our middle school students, they can also participate in the following:  Chapel Council,  Junior Beta Club, Junior National Honor Society, Junior Quiz Bowl, Math Counts, and Wyldlife.
  • Middle School Sports

    Beginning in 5th grade, middle school students have the option to participate in the following middle school sports programs: Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track, & Volleyball.
     
  • Musical and Theatre Productions

    All 5th-grade students participate in a musical production in the fall, while 6th and 7th grade students have the option to perform in a middle school musical each spring.  Many of our middle school students go on to perform in local community theater productions as well as our upper school theatre program.
  • Other Special Programs

    Flex  Program
    We take extra care and support as our 5th graders transition into middle school. Each day, 5th-grade students have a Flex hour where they are placed in small groups with 5th-grade teachers and can work on study skills, reinforce academic skills, and receive extra support during the school day. 

    “Thrive Program:  Confidence in Any Setting” 
    Integrated as part of the 5th-grade curriculum, each week, students respectfully learn different etiquette, hospitality, and social skills and then practice with their peers and faculty members. Lessons on navigating awkward situations, handling disagreements respectfully, making great first impressions, and communicating with body language teach 5th graders how their actions are a language of love and compassion. 

    Laptop pilot program for 7th graders
    While our lower and middle school operates with 1:1 iPads, for the 2021 school year, laptops are provided to our 7th-grade students to work more efficiently and make the transition to upper school seamless and productive.
  • Physical Education

    Middle school students have one class period dedicated to physical education instruction every day.  Games, obstacle courses, and a wide variety of activities are appropriately taught, involving the development of all muscle groups. Students enjoy physical education outdoors on the green space playground under the massive live oak trees in mild weather. The outdoor play space is designed with safety in mind, and teachers supervise climbing, running, and jumping on outdoor equipment. Students play kickball, basketball,  football, and Wiffle ball on the outdoor sports court during recess.
  • Spiritual Life

    Middle school students attend chapel most mornings at 10:05 am. All Downtown students celebrate Holy Eucharist bi-weekly on Thursdays. Regardless of their faith traditions, students are encouraged to participate in prayer and song.   All students are encouraged to participate in student-led service projects and our traditional lenten mission projects each year.
  • Student Council

    Student Council is a leadership organization in which students can develop leadership skills while improving school life.  Students in middle school have the opportunity to run for elected Student Council positions at the beginning of every school year. Once elected, the student leaders have a handful of projects that they work on throughout the year. Some of these include:
    • Listening to and addressing concerns and ideas from their classmates
    • Assisting Administration with school-wide initiatives and orientations
    • Organizing middle school dances and 7th Grade Work Day 
    • Overseeing the schedule for Snack Shack and morning announcements
    • Planning and executing pep rallies, Homecoming Week activities, and other school events
    • Attending LASC (Louisiana Association of Student Councils) Summer Workshop, District Mixers/Meetings, & Convention
  • Study Tours

    Study tours are a distinctive feature of an Ascension education and another way students actively engage with the curriculum, build community, and develop life skills.  Trips are optional, and the cost varies based on the destination and length of the trip. These age-appropriate trips provide opportunities for students to practice personal responsibility and good behavior accompanied by their teachers. 

    Examples of previous middle school study tours:
    • 5th grade: Five-day Early American History tour of Washington DC and Colonial Williamsburg 
    • 6th grade: Three-day tour of Dallas, Texas
    • 7th grade: Four-day tour of Louisiana visiting historic sites studied during the school year

Main Office

P. 337-233-9748
F. 337-269-9768

Admissions

P. 337-233-9748 x 501
Apply Online
When it comes to our children, one of the most important gifts we can provide for them is opportunity. It not only prepares them for their future but also gives them the independence to discover and define who they are: who they want to be. Our faculty and staff focus on developing the whole child, with a curriculum designed to teach lifelong learning skills.