We are proud to have students from many racial/ethnic groups, socioeconomic backgrounds, denominations and countries.
Grade 6 Overview
6th Grade is a traditional balanced approach to core subjects, with introduction to project-based learning.
Grade 7-8 Overview
The LMMSCONNECT! Program for grades 7 and 8 is an interdisciplinary approach that engages students in project-based learning (PBL) for core subjects. Students are pulled out for appropriate-level math classes.
Areas of Study
- College Preparatory Mathematics
- Language Arts & World Languages
- Social Studies
- Technology & Computer Applications
- Family and Consumer Science
- Physical Education/Health
WHAT IS PROJECT-BASED LEARNING?
Invites students to acquire knowledge and skills through investigation, integration and synthesis of a complex question, problem, or challenge experience in the “real world”. Engages all core subjects with teachers and collaborative group work among students.
HOW DOES THE PROJECT-BASED LEARNING CURRICULUM FUNCTION?
- Quarters are divided into themes connected to larger essential questions and real world events, for example “To Infinity and Beyond” explores food, energy, and transportation on Mars.
- Thematic units and projects are designed using traditional curriculum and educational standards.
- Reflection, critique and revision are part of the daily routine and an integral part of every project.
- Students spend time in the Design Lab constructing pieces for their projects at specific points each quarter.
- Exhibition Nights provide students a chance at the end of each quarter to present their learnings to an audience.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PROJECT-BASED LEARNING?
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) is integrated seamlessly with project based learning. Our Design Lab marries learning with hands-on use of laser cutters, CNC routers, 3D printers, power tools and materials.
- Follow personal interests – Students are given voice in the process and make decisions about the projects, tailoring their creations and presentations to their interests.
- Real world skills – Students become leaders of their own learning, practicing critical 21st-century skills necessary for success: communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.
- 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.
- Faith formation is infused into the exploration of all questions, problems, and challenges, and, in this way, mirrors adult life.
- Bible curriculum taught in addition to core subjects, and faith integrated genuinely as part of all classes
- Art & Music classes 2x/week
- Physical Education class 2x/week
- Drama production happens annually
- Electives include: Language, Choir, Concert Band, Orchestra, FFA and weekly club offerings
- Service Learning: One morning every week students help at a local organization or around campus
MSO – Students in grade 6 can participate in The Mennonite Sports Organization (MSO) for soccer, basketball, field hockey and lacrosse – click here.
LL League – Students in grades 7-8 are eligible to participate in LL league Jr. High level sports for:
- Cross Country for boys and girls
- Field Hockey
- Soccer for boys and girls
- Basketball for boys and girls
- Chess Team (with high school)
- Quiz Bowl
- Math Counts
- Geography Bee
Teaching & Support
COMMITTED, QUALIFIED FACULTY
- Faculty create a caring environment and safe space for all students to learn.
- Teachers have bachelor’s or master’s degrees.
VIBRANT SPIRITUAL LIFE & TEACHING
- Teachers committed to integrating Christian faith into all subjects
- Emphasis on a commitment to following the life and teachings of Jesus, including creating a culture of peacemaking, justice and service
- LMMS students participate in daily devotions and attend chapel once each week
- A comprehensive, holistic guidance department helps students academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually.
- The Learning Support program meets the needs of many students who require a program beyond the regular classroom, enabling students with learning exceptionalities to participate in regular education classes, electives and activities.
LOCATION & TRANSPORTATION
- LM is located on the wooded, 95-acre Lancaster Campus along Route 30, just east of Lancaster city.
- Free public school bus transportation is available from school districts whose borders are within 10 miles of the Lancaster Campus.
- LM buses provide transportation from the Mount Joy Elizabethtown area, western Chester County and eastern York County for a small fee.
Financial aid is available to make an LM education affordable. Please see the financial aid website page for detailed information.