Middle School FAQs
- When will my child attend chapel?
- How much homework do students have a night?
- How will my child engage in community service?
- Are all students eligible to play on an athletics team?
- What difficulties does the incoming student who has never studied Spanish face?
- What honors classes are offered, and how is placement decided?
- How many students are in each class?
- What are the teaching credentials of Middle School teachers?
- Is St. Francis’s Middle School program accredited?
Homework varies for each child and at each grade level. On average, an eighth-grade student might study two hours per night. However, if a project is due, homework could require more time. There are two programs that assist in making homework manageable for our students. Our Middle School testing schedule is designed to prevent students from having more than two tests per day, and the implementation of a division-wide study hall four days per week greatly alleviates students’ homework load.
Being people for others is an important component of our mission, and students participate in a variety of age-appropriate community service projects. In the past, these projects have included collecting backpacks for Iraqi students and working with organizations such as Ben Taub Hospital, the Holocaust Museum, Lord of the Streets, the SPCA, and the Ronald McDonald House.
Honors English is offered in grades 6–8, and honors math is offered in grades 5–8. A student must apply to be placed in an honors class. Acceptance is based on standardized test scores, results of an in-house test in the subject area, grades in the subject area, teacher recommendations, and a writing sample (English only).
If you have unanswered questions, we encourage you to e-mail the Middle School Office or call 713.458.6140. We are happy to help you find answers.