FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
Academics Middle School - Frequently Asked Questions
Q:
What high school credits do students earn?
A:
Eighth grade Algebra I, French I and Spanish I courses carry a high school credit. Some French students are also able to earn French II credit I Geometry credit if they qualify for the school’s Advanced Curriculum Experience (ACE) program.
Q:
What foreign languages are offered?
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Beginning in fifth grade, students may choose between French and Spanish.  Fifth and sixth grade students take foreign language as an exploratory course for a quarter.  Seventh and eighth graders commit to the year-long language class of their choice in order to earn high school credit.
Q:
What is the average homework load?
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Students should expect to be assigned homework in each subject every day, including Fridays. The amount of homework will increase appropriately as a student advances through middle school. The formula for measuring appropriate homework time is the student's grade times 15 minutes. This formula applies to the approximate length of time for the total homework. (A fifth grade student should expect 5 x 15 = 1hr 15minutes homework per night; an eighth grade student should expect 8 x 15 = 2 hrs. homework per night.) Eighth grade Algebra I, Geometry, French I and Spanish I students can expect additional homework since these courses carry a high school credit.
Q:
Can students order lunch?
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Southfield School provides a cafeteria-style lunch program for its students. Lunch menu information and online ordering is available and purchased on the school website. Each lunch cycle starts on the first day of each month and ends on the last day of each month. The lunch program is optional: children may bring their own lunches, and microwave ovens are available to students in grades two through eight.
Q:
Do all students make the team for school sponsored sports?
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There are several opportunities for students to engage in sporting activities through programs associated with Southfield School. As these opportunities are designed to develop skills and understanding of the rules and strategies of the various sports, all who wish to participate are granted the opportunity to do so. The school sponsored Middle School teams include basketball, tennis, golf and cross country. Southfield students also have the opportunity to participate in a joint private school football team. The Jets Alliance football team is comprised of students from five local private schools and competes with both local and regional schools.

Southfield Middle School also sponsors a cheerleading squad that supports our middle school boys' and girls' sports teams.

Q:
What trips do students take?
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Local and Ark-La-Tex field trips are organized for every grade level throughout the school. These trips are considered to be an integral part of our educational program. Parents will always be notified well in advance of any planned field trips.

Fifth and sixth grade students take day trips to areas of historical or scientific interest.  Seventh grade students take a three-day science related trip into Arkansas.  Eighth grade students study Louisiana history during a four-day trip.  Middle school students, alumni, and parents may also participate in annual overseas trips during spring break that are organized by the school’s foreign language teachers.

Q:
What standardized tests are used?
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Middle school students take Stanford Standardized Achievement Tests, and third, fifth and seventh graders take the Otis Lennon School Achievement Tests in the spring each year. These tests measure student performance using national norms and indicate the progress of individuals in areas such as language arts, reading comprehension and mathematics.

The results of the Stanford Achievement Tests are mailed to parents in early June.

Q:
How is student progress reported?
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In the Middle School, student progress is reported in several ways. Every nine-week marking period, grades are made available through the school’s database Veracross. In the first quarter, the report cards will be followed by parent/student/teacher conferences and optional conferences are held in the third quarter. In the second and fourth quarters the report cards will include written comments from each academic subject teacher.

Middle school uses a seven point grading system: A(100-93), B(92-85), C(84-74), D(73--65), F(64-0).

Q:
Are there regularly scheduled parent/teacher conferences?
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Scheduled conferences are held for all students at the end of the first quarter and optional conferences are held in the third quarter. Students do not attend school on this day, but middle school students attend the conference with their parent. Conferences are a time for parents, teachers and students to share a discussion about the child’s progress. Open communication is welcome and encouraged between parents and teachers. Additional conferences may be scheduled at any time, and informal contacts via notes, teacher voicemail, or by e-mail are encouraged and always welcome.
Q:
What after school care is available?
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Southfield's after school program for Middle School students involves children in fun activities and provides a quiet time for homework.

The After Care Program begins at 3 p.m. each day. An afternoon snack will be provided each day followed by supervised activities.

The After School Program will be available most days of the school year. Please check the Southfield calendar for exceptions (such as noon dismissal days, school holidays, parent/teacher conference days, etc.), and/or they will be posted in the after school program area. Parents must select a pick up time of  4:30 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. and may register for three to five days a week. Please remember that by signing the contract you are financially committed to those days. Drop-in service is available.

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How can parents participate?
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Southfield believes that the home and the school should partner in educating each student. Additionally, all parents of students enrolled in Southfield School are members of the Parents’ Association. The Parents’ Association coordinates multiple opportunities for which parents may volunteer. Please visit the Parents’ Association section under Campus Life.