Middle School

Grades 5-8

Middle School is departmentalized and broken into lower (fifth and sixth) and upper (seventh and eighth) middle schools. This distinction allows the younger students time to acclimate to the new environment of middle school and executive functioning skills, study strategies, and note taking. This skill development fosters success in seventh and eighth grade where the students encounter increased academic rigor and expectations.

Our Approach

Our team of teachers work closely to ensure individual student success with appropriate rigor. Through departmentalization, our highly skilled teachers focus on their subject areas while also being able to make deep connections with students over the course of two years. The departments are English/Language Arts (ELA), Math, Science, Social Studies. Religion is taught by the homeroom teacher. 

As in elementary school, middle school students follow a full social-emotional learning curriculum in a weekly seminar class. These classes, taught by our school counselors and Director of Student Support, help our students develop social awareness, self-management, self-awareness, responsible decision making, and relationship skills. 

Middle school students also continue to take specials classes but more regularly. For example, Spanish class, arts pathways, and gym are both taught at least twice a week.

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High School Readiness


Acceptance to first choice Catholic high school

Navigating the Chicago high school admissions process grows increasingly difficult each year. To best support our students and parents, Alphonsus has established a systematic high school readiness program throughout the middle school years. Our High School Counselor is dedicated to supporting our students and ensuring the best possible fit for Alphonsus graduates in high school.

Our program begins as early as fifth grade where students are integrated into the middle school curriculum with an eye towards high school. Beginning in seventh grade, our High School Counselor begins meeting with students and families to schedule shadow days, discuss best “fit,” and review admission requirements. Our team of the High School counselor in partnership with the eighth grade homeroom teachers, is dedicated to supporting our students and ensuring the best possible fit for Alphonsus graduates in high school. Impressively, the Class of 2024 received a full 100% acceptance to their first choice Catholic high school. 

High School Counseling

Our High School Counselor works diligently with families to ensure a smooth transition to high school. As early as fifth grade, students and parents are invited to explore options, discuss best fit and testing requirements, and admissions procedures.