Academics At Lancaster
Overall, the Lancaster Campus offers over 150 courses and programs, including AP courses, honors courses for college credit, and many electives. The Rutt Academic Center, completed in the fall of 2008, includes state-of-the-art classrooms for mathematics, science, business education, and family and consumer science. The G. Parke Book Building prepares students for careers in agriculture and technology and is home to strong FFA program that meets during school hours like a regular class.
Lancaster Mennonite Middle School
When traditionally independent disciplines are fused, students are engaged in relevant, vibrant and experiential learning that empowers them to make connections across disciplines and in the real world.
The LMMSCONNECT! program for grades 7 and 8 is an interdisciplinary approach that engages students in project-based learning (PBL). Project-based learning invites students to acquire knowledge and skills through investigation, integration and synthesis of a complex question, problem, or challenge experienced in the “real world”.
Through engagement in project-based learning, students become leaders of their own learning, practicing critical 21st-century skills necessary for success: communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.
- Thematic units and projects are designed using traditional curriculum and educational standards.
Students are given voice in the process and make decisions about the projects, tailoring their creations and presentations to their interests.
- Reflection, critique and revision are part of the daily routine and an integral part of every project.
Faith formation is infused into the exploration of all questions, problems, and challenges, and, in this way, mirrors adult life.
- All subjects are incorporated around a central theme for each quarter. Students are pulled out for appropriate-level math classes.
- Authentic “learning by doing” allows students to experience how their academic endeavors, when partnered with collaboration, can have a positive impact on the community and their world.
Middle School Curriculum
Grade 6 provides a gradual transition from elementary school to middle school. Students spend the majority of their day with two teachers and do not regularly change classes for different subjects.
- College Preparatory Mathematics
- Language Arts
- Social Studies
- Family and Consumer Science
- Computer Applications
- Physical Education/Health
- World languages (Spanish, German, French)
- Electives include Choir, Concert Band, Orchestra, FFA and weekly clubs.