Southfield Middle School

5th-8th Grade
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Curriculum

Academic Departments

Middle school is a time of significant change in students’ lives.  At Southfield, they are guided by a veteran faculty and support staff who recognize the value of life lessons. Small group advisory meetings address current issues as well as relational topics to help students learn to live lives of excellence.

100% of 8th grade students taking Algebra I, Geometry, and French I, received high school credit.

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Language Arts

The Language Arts program in the middle school is predicated on the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. The love of reading is encouraged in numerous ways, including literature circles, exposure to varying genres, and book clubs. All children practice writing in various forms through journaling and creative and expository essays. Language Arts classes for fifth and sixth-grade students are double blocked to allow maximum development of essential skills. Seventh and eighth-grade students participate in a nine-week Writing Intensive in addition to their regular English classes.

Mathematics

The mathematics departments at Southfield believes in building a grounded, comprehensive mathematical framework that trains students to think logically and critically. Southfield’s mathematics program emphasizes problem-solving and develops critical thinking through practice of basic skills and understanding and communicating mathematical thinking and strategies. A range of courses is offered to meet the needs of all students. Gifted math students can begin to accelerate their mathematics in sixth grade through Accelerated Curricular Experience (ACE). ACE students may earn Algebra I and Geometry high school credits. Most students can gain high school credit in Algebra I in the eighth grade. Our math program ensures students are learning and absorbing the critical information they need to succeed in both high school and college mathematics.

Technology

The intelligent use and appreciation of modern technology have always been a top priority at Southfield School. All middle school students participate in a nine-week STEAM class that integrates digital art as well as the design process. Technology is integrated into all middle school classes and all middle school students utilize individual Cloudbooks in and out of the classrooms.

Social Studies

The Social Studies program encourages research and critical thinking skills in cultural, historical and geographical contexts. Students learn not only the facts, vocabulary and circumstances of these areas, but they are also expected to apply their knowledge to increasingly complex and interconnected local, national and international events. All students apply their knowledge when participating in the biannual Social Studies Fair.
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Foreign Language (French & Spanish)

Students studying French use the Accelerated Integrative Method of Language Learning found in the Histoires en Action curriculum, which encourages students to speak exclusively in French. Classroom vocabulary is learned at the start of the course, and then students speak exclusively in French. There is daily oral and written interaction with the instructor as well as semester plays performed in French. Students have the opportunity to gain a high school credit in French I and II.

Beginning in fifth grade, students have the option to take Spanish. Students develop oral comprehension and written expression. By the end of eighth grade, reading and writing skills in Spanish are expanded to such a level that students are prepared for high school Spanish. Students have the opportunity to gain a high school credit in Spanish I.

Science

The six goals for middle school Science program are to gain informational literacy, to promote inquiry, to understand the characteristics and interrelationships of matter and energy in the physical world, to understand characteristics, life cycles and interrelationships of organisms, to gain a better understanding of the natural environment and the value of environmental quality and to understand the materials, structure, history and cycles of the earth and its processes. All students use the scientific research method to complete biannual Science Fair projects.

Enrichment Classes

Nine-week courses in art, digital art and design, drama, fencing (7th grade) and foreign language (5th and 6th grade) and writing craft (7th and 8th grade) all taught by specialists in their field enrich the lives of this age group.

Drama

Using a wide variety of creative dramatic exercises, select group and solo performance opportunities, periodic written class work, quizzes and projects, the students gain a strong overview of the core competencies necessary to produce theatrical works.
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Foreign Language

Students studying French use the Accelerated Integrative Method of Language Learning found in the Histoires en Action curriculum, which encourages students to speak exclusively in French. Semester plays performed in French provide excelerated learning and language competency. Students have the opportunity to gain a high school credit in French I and II.

Beginning in fifth grade, students have the option to take Spanish and ultimately can gain a high school credit in Spanish I.

Physical Education

Building on the core physical skills learned at the elementary level; students expand and enhance their abilities through instruction in games such as flag football, kickball, volleyball, and basketball. Students learn responsibility for safety and good sportsmanship. The skills gained by students at this level build the foundation for their participation in organized sports and assist them in developing a lifelong desire for physical fitness in their daily lives.

Art

Students follow the principles of design and elements of art. They use the proper terminology and are introduced to media utilizing drawing, painting, printmaking and three-dimensional artwork. Advanced Art is offered as an after school program.

Fencing

Students learn the basics of this exciting and competitive sport that builds character and critical thinking. 

Beyond the Books

Southfield middle school students enjoy many opportunities to lead. Student Council, cheerleading, organized team sports, yearbook staff, and community service allow them to become well-rounded individuals.  The middle school students support lower and preschool students through collaborative learning experiences. For example, preschool hosts a lemonade stand for the middle school students which teaches social interaction, mathematics and basic life skills.
Registration

Admissions Process for Middle School

Help secure your spot at Southfield School. Fill out and submit our online admissions application form, or download our paper application and submit it to the school along with a $50 application fee.

Call For Inquiry

(318) 213-6333

Mail For Inquiry

ccoburn@southfield-school.org

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The Assistant Head of School and/or Admission Director will interview the student.

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The applicant will be scheduled to visit the school, and an admission test will be administered during that visit. Students are encouraged to take this time as a Shadow Day, where they will spend the day in the classroom, getting to know other students. Lunch in the cafeteria is included.  

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The applicant will need to submit a recommendation from a current teacher and submit a writing sample.  

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Get In Touch

Location: 1100 Southfield Road, Shreveport, LA 71106

Telephone: (318) 213-6333

Email: info@southfield-school.org

School Hours: M-F: 8am – 3pm