The McQuaid Jesuit Middle School educates young men in the Jesuit tradition, according to the teachings of Saint Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).
Research clearly indicates that middle school is “make or break” time in several respects. These three years are a pivotal stage in students’ intellectual development and we recognize and emphasize the crucial nature of the social, spiritual, and emotional growth of our young men. No other school in the area educates young men more effectively. We focus on the unique psychological, academic, spiritual, and emotional needs of adolescent boys, and help them achieve in the classroom, on the playing field, and in the community. We strike an ideal balance with the high school. Our middle school program is integral to the life of the school yet maintains its own unique approach to educating young men.
Our sixth grade faculty members teach in dedicated middle school classrooms. Like the rest of the school, classes rotate on a 10-day cycle with core subjects. ELA, literature, mathematics, science, social studies, theology, and an arts elective each meet eight out of the 10 days. Accelerated math is offered for those who qualify. Physical education and technology meet every other day.
All seventh graders take the same English, theology, science, and social studies classes. Students choose an arts elective. Accelerated math is offered for those who qualify. Students begin foreign language studies by taking the required introduction to Language, a course designed to prepare them for further language study and enhance their English grammar and vocabulary. Physical education and technology meet every other day.
All eighth graders take the same English, theology, and social studies classes. Students choose an arts elective. Accelerated math and science courses are offered for those who qualify. Students will begin their first year of foreign language for which they receive high school credit.