Valley Catholic Middle School provides an outstanding Catholic education, enabling students to excel in scholarship, leadership, character development and service. Valley Catholic prepares young men and women to be lifelong learners and leaders in the 21st century.

Valley Catholic students attend school on one of the loveliest campuses in Oregon. A friendly, caring atmosphere enables students to receive personal attention from faculty and staff. Accelerated classes give Valley Catholic students the added edge to achieve at consistently high levels.

With a college-preparatory education beginning in sixth grade that speaks to the whole person, Valley Catholic promotes a strong academic tradition of critical thinking, intellectual curiosity and active social responsibility. Students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades participate in a specialized program designed to provide them with an age-appropriate transition through the middle school years and to prepare them for the academic challenges they will face in high school and college.

The program’s curriculum follows the requirements outlined in the content standards for the Archdiocese of Portland and the State of Oregon. Curriculum and policies were developed after thorough study of the Valley Catholic High School program and consultation with area public and parochial middle and high schools. In addition, Valley Catholic Middle School has several project based learning projects that follow the standards of the IB Middle Years Programme, SUMMA and STEM programs.

Students learn the content outlined in this curriculum guide as part of the school’s program. Individual classroom teachers may add additional units in an effort to enhance the core curriculum. This information, along with any specific classroom procedures, grading policies, or class requirements will be listed on each individual teacher’s class syllabus distributed at the beginning of the academic year.

Our students score well above average on nationally standardized exams and we are one of the top schools in the area praised for creating students who are ready for high school.

Valley Catholic Middle School’s curriculum includes:

English: Four levels for each grade from grade level to advanced.

Math: Four levels for each grade from grade level to advanced.

Sixth Grade English Mechanics: Enhanced grammar,
vocabulary and study skills.

Fine Arts: Students may elect up to two classes a day.

• Performing Arts
• Band
• Choir
• Musical Theater
• Orchestra
• Visual Arts
• Bookmaking
• Character Design
• Painting
• Printmaking
• Photography
• Sculpting

Physical Education/Health: Daily courses that
include lifelong fitness skills, healthy life styles and
team building.

Religion: Faith development, history and ethics.

Science: Introduction to earth science, chemistry,
physics and biology.

Seventh Seminar: Project-based learning courses, Future
City competition, business project, study skills and
writing support.

Social Studies: geography, culture and history.

Technology:

• Windows and Google platform labs
• Apple one-to-one iPad program
• Digital design
• Digital citizenship
• Access to a 3D printer
• Exposure to coding
• Technology skill building
• Design thinking
• Project-based learning

World Language: High School French I or Spanish I

Valley Catholic Middle School was the first in the state to establish a hands-only CPR program in which students learn the life-saving skills and teach it to others. In partnership with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, Valley Catholic Middle School encouraged Oregon legislators to pass a bill requiring CPR training as a requirement for high school graduation. The bill became law in 2015. Valley Catholic Middle School continues to be a statewide leader in teaching hands-only CPR.

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