Frequently Asked Questions
Head of Schools and teachers at both sites meet and plan regularly throughout the year to ensure that students are being prepared both academically and socially for middle school.
Additional articulation between elementary schools and middle schools occurs for specific academic accommodations for English Language Learners and students with Individualized Education Plans.
LCS middle school has adopted College Preparatory Mathematics, which is a 6th-12th grade math curriculum. Teachers review different criteria to determine whether your child is ready for Algebra I in the 7th grade.
These criteria may include:
- performance on the California Standards Test scores;
- benchmark assessments;
- and/or signature projects.
Students are set to the highest standards and expectations. Daily instruction is differentiated to ensure all accelerated students are making conceptual connections and applying key learning to real world situations every day. Acceleration is a powerful educational ally and requires very careful attention in order to tap into students’ intellectual talents and abilities. All middle school curricula is designed with Advanced Placement and College pre-requisite course work in mind.
- Provide students with a nutritious breakfast and ensure students receive a sufficient (8-9 hours) amount of sleep.
- Help students choose healthy snack options.
- Ask to see homework daily. Ask to see what kinds of activities are assigned for homework. By sixth grade, students are required to do homework daily. If your student says that he/she does not have any homework, check the teacher websites for homework postings.
- Help develop a routine for homework. Studies show that if a student follows a routine and parents expect their students to do their homework before they can have free time, watch television or play video games, etc., students are generally more successful in school.
- Ask about their assignments and grades. When they go to middle school, students are asked to write down their assignments and homework in either their binder, student agenda, or assignment record sheet. Parents can also check assignments on class websites for further information.
- Communicate with the school staff and find out how to communicate with your child’s teachers. Many misunderstandings can be resolved quickly if there is strong and clear communication between the school and home.
- Encourage your child to read and write. One of the best ways for a student to become a better reader and writer is to practice. Vocabulary development is key to academic success in high school and entry into top colleges.