Jessie Simpson

The middle school Science curriculum is a challenging one.

Grade 6 concentrates on studying the Earth and Space with emphasis on plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes,weather, and astronomy. 

Grade 7 studies Life Science. Students encounter the microscopic world, body systems, DNA and a wide variety of other areas.

Grade 8 explores the world of Physical Science. They are introduced to chemical reactions, the periodic table, motion forces and energy.

Our STREAM model places emphasis is placed on hands-on learning like labs, projects and experiments.


Social Studies & History

Jessie Simpson

The middle school Social Studies curriculum at Catholic Academy of New Haven begins in Sixth Grade with an in depth study of ancient civilizations, including ancient Mesopotamia, Israel, Egypt, India, China, Greece, Rome, and Byzantium. Students examine these ancient civilizations and their influence on the present day world.

Seventh and Eighth Grade intergrates the study of geography into their main focus, United States History.  Seventh graders learn about the Native Americans, the causes and effects of European colonization in the Western Hemisphere, the American Revolution, the Constitution, the first Industrial Revolution, and the Civil War.  Eighth grade begins their study immeadiately following the Civil War, and continues through the Age of Inventors and Entrepreneurs, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, and the socio-cultural  brought by each major period.  

Our STREAM model allows for a deeper, more experiential dive into each historical time period.  What type of housing did Native Americans build?  How did the growth of European colonies change both Europe and the Americas?  How does popular culture in the 1950's-present reflect the political climate of the times?  



We believe that all children come to school with an eagerness to learn. They should enjoy school and try to learn something new every day. Mathematics needs to be a  hands on, cooperative learning experience. The students need to see it, hear it, grasp it, and understand it in order to consistently progress. The new concepts build on previously taught material. In middle school, students focus on Pre - Algebra and Algebra so they have a good base of knowledge and are prepared for high school.

We also offer advanced Mathematics courses in grades six through eight to challenge those students whose mathematical ability allows them to take advantage of the worthwhile endeavor.


Literature/English Language Arts

Lori Calderoni

The Literature and Language Arts work in grade 6-8 is a lot of 21st Century Text, which concentrates pretty equally on fiction, and informational text & personal narrative.  We use and explore digital formats and learn and improve our functional writing and writing and reading strategies for this millenia.   There is strong emphasis on close reading textual analysis and text based writing, also assesments are varied and digital portfolio is key to tracking student progress. Comprehension, literary analysis, and vocabulary development are areas stressed in the literature strand.  In the Lit/ELA classroom we emphasize a call to think originally and critically, to write well, and write often, and through these composings become the citizen writers and creators of our country, the world, and the writers and creators of our future.  

Grade 6 Essential Questions- The World (Concrete)

  • How do just and moral actions move through civilizations?
  • What are the consequences when civilizations uphold human dignity?
  • What are the consequences of taking on a role of stewardship?

Grade 7 Essential Questions- The Individual (Abstract)

  • What influences growth and development?
  • How do we choose models for our behavior?
  • What should we guard most closely?

Grade 8 Essential Questions- The Citizen (in Christ & in our democracy)

  • How does an individual be moral and just?
  • What links diversity and dignity?
  • How do you explain your personal stewardship to uphold peace and justice?