LMMS Academics

Project-Based Learning

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
  • Science
  • Language Arts & World Languages
  • Social Studies
  • Art
  • Bible
  • Music
  • Technology & Computer Applications
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Physical Education/Health

 

LMMS Connect!

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.

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

  • 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

ATHLETICS

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
  • Track
  • 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

SUPPORT SERVICES

  • 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
Financial aid is available to make an LM education affordable. Please see the financial aid website page for detailed information.