Middle School Program
Grades 5th – 8th
A Focused Middle School Experience
Concordia’s middle school experience is an extension of the elementary classroom setting with small class sizes, multiage learning, rigorous curriculum adapted for personalized challenges and needs, and opportunities to be mentored and develop leadership and social emotional habits.
How do we approach learning?
Personalized learning at Concordia means students being appropriately challenged at their personal level whether that is at, below, or above the traditional level expected for a student at a particular age.
At the middle school level, this also means that students take more ownership of their learning through goal setting and making decisions on how they learn best.
Students may need additional help in one subject while needing to be challenged academically in a different subject.
Concordia assesses the individual needs of a student and works with them to strive.
Concordia uses Common Core Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and Washington State Social Studies Standards to guide each child’s personalized learning experience.
In conjunction with Summit Learning, we use Illustrative Math as our middle school math curriculum. Summit provides project based units and content that we adapt for our own setting and students.
Summit Learning is a program that takes personalized learning to a new level with student ownership, real world project based learning, the teaching of habits of success, and holding students accountable to critical thinking and cognitive skills.
Instead of simply memorizing information, students are given the time, support, and resources they need to master new material and apply what they’ve learned before moving on.
Teachers see the day-to-day progress of each student, enabling them to meet students where they need support and help students advance quickly where they are most engaged.
This approach ensures students don’t fall through the cracks.
In addition to the core subjects, students participate in classes taught by specialist teachers:
Fine Arts (Art and/or Music) – 2x/week
Physical Education – 2x/week
Bible Study: 4 times/week + Chapel 1x/week
Spanish: 2 times/week
Character: 2 times/month
Class Sizes & Multi-Age Learning
This ensures that students develop relationships and community with peers at their social-emotional level, are challenged academically whether they are at, below, or above “grade level” expectations, and build self-confidence in a Christ-centered community.
Team Woodlands (5th-6th grade) – Ages 10-11:
Woodland students solidify who they are amongst many “individual trees” in the woodlands, build community with others, and experience the benefits of various relationships. Academically, this age group is also able to build better connections between academic content and the world around them.
Team Cardinals (7th-8th grade)– Ages 12-14:
Cardinal students will continue to solidify their foundation, use more critical thinking skills, and graduate their final year equipped to be independent and confident in the world outside of Concordia.
As the oldest students on campus, students have opportunities to interact with and lead the younger students during school community builders, service projects, and as serving as officers on our Student Council.
Basketball, track and field
Outdoor Education & East
Coast World Strides
LEST (Lutheran Elementary
Our middle school teams compete every spring at a tournement with other Lutheran schools in our region (WA, OR, ID, AK). Students compete in subjects such as: mathmatics, robotics, writing, art, science exposition, spelling, music, and more!