What is the age group?
Our Core middle school group accepts 11 - 13-year-olds (in a "grade" setting, roughly 6th - 8th grade). 

What programs are offered for Middle School at LIFT?

What subjects are taught?
Core students participate in bi-weekly Science labs, daily Math sessions with lessons and concept practice, Logic & Critical Thinking activities, Writing & Grammar, Spanish, and Social Studies which incorporates History, Geography,  Literature, Study Skills, , Research and Presentation Skills.

Foundations students do science, history, writing, grammar, presentations, Spanish, and logic.

Individual Classes available are science, math, history, English

What is the student to teacher ratio?

We try not to exceed 8 students per teacher in most classes in this group and sometimes have a smaller ratio, for example math lessons could be 4:1 or 6:1.

When do you meet?

LIFT is open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 9:15 - 2:30 for 30 weeks from fall through spring.  See Calendar for exact dates.

3-day Core meets for 30 weeks on all three days
2-day Core meets for 30 weeks on Tuesday and Thursday.
Foundations meets for 24 weeks on Wednesdays.
Individual Classes vary.

Is there homework?
Core students will have some homework such as reading and research for science and history, completion of writing assignments, occasional grammar or logic worksheets, and practice games for math and a practice app for Spanish.
Typically these will take about 1-2 hours 2-3 days per week.
Families can request more homework as needed, each situation varies.

Foundations students will have reading and research homework for science class, as well sometimes preparing a presentation or making something to model for class.  They will have writing assignments most weeks.  We typically start these in class and they finish at home before the next meeting.

Do you test and use grades?

Our program is mastery based rather than performance based so testing and grades are not our basis for measuring accomplishment. A low teacher to student ratio allows us to immediately know if a student is understanding and ready to move on or needs further instruction and practice.   

Do I purchase books? Is there a supply list?

We do all purchasing and provide all resources, books, supplies, and curriculum with the Registration Fee and  Curriculum & Supply Fee each year.  We won't ask you to make any further purchases, search for books, or give you a supply list!  
Occasionally we may ask for some recycled items such as 2-liter bottles or shoeboxes ask to borrow items that would be returned to you - costumes or props like clothing or sports equipment, for example.

What is the daily schedule?



Core & Foundations


 Arrival & Visiting Time Arrival & Visiting Time Arrival & Visiting Time
 Individual Math Logic Group Math
 Math Concepts Science Math Concepts
 Lunch / Recess Lunch / Recess Lunch / Recess
 Writing Lab Writing Class Science
 Spanish Geography History

 Pick Up Pick Up Pick Up

Can you describe the classes shown on the schedule?

Individual Math / Group Math
The whole school does math in the mornings so everyone can receive the instruction and concept practice needed for their knowledge and experience.  We have an Individual Math day as some students are completing advanced math and other filling in gaps on that day.  Group lessons are typical "grade level"and students are either in D, E, or F math lessons.  This way we meet all students needs and nobody is held back or misses anything and all the concepts necessary prior to Pre-Algebra are mastered.

Math Concepts
We practice using math concepts in games, projects, challenges, and art.

Writing Lab
In writing lab, students that need individual support while writing have someone to walk them through each assignment "holding their hand" until they can "walk" on their own.  
Advanced students work on projects such as writing a book, editing practice, advanced grammar, and game creation.

Writing Class
This is where students receive instruction and assignments.  For middle school we  provide a variety of assignments each year in order for students to gain mastery in multiple writing genres such as poetry, fiction, nonfiction, storytelling, friendly letter, business letter, research report, literary review, and more.  Grammar is also a part of this class.  Some students are still learning and practicing grammar and those that have learned grammar will practice editing.

Our science meetings consist entirely of hands-on labs, demonstrations,  and experiments. Our goal is for students to lead and participate fully in activities after having done assigned reading and research as homework outside of class. Students may also build models in or out of class, prepare a presentation, or research a topic to share with the class.

We study world cultures or United States on a rotating basis, as needed by the enrolled students each year.  
    World Cultures
When we study a culture, we learn geography, government, culture, religion, animals, topography, and history while basing our literature, writing, presentations, and research on the culture or country we are studying.  We complete art projects and eat food from the country or culture as well. 

    United States
When studying the US, we read a general history book while also studying our country regionally with states, capitals, history, monuments, major lakes, rivers, oceans, geographical features,  food, culture, and music included.

We use a three level video program, online practice, some workbooks, and Duolingo app for additional practice and vocabulary.  Student begin with vowels, whole alphabet, pronunciation, colors, introductions, and proceed through middle school level. Students can come in knowing nothing as we have several groups going at one time.  We currently have our first group that is almost through all three levels so we plan to offer a class for those that complete this program in Fall 2018.