As students progress into their middle school years, our college prep program builds self-esteem and lays the groundwork for high school. Students in 5th through 8th grades can select project-based, text or online courses or may choose a combination of curriculum options as needed to create an optimal learning experience. Laurel Springs offer opportunities for students to participate in our Gifted & Talented Academy starting in 6th grade. In addition, beginning in 7th grade, students are eligible to join our online social network and clubs. The middle school counselor plays a key role in keeping students focused and on track, supporting academic success.
The middle school counselor plays a key role in keeping students focused and on track toward academic success. Counselors address the academic, personal and social needs of the students, promote programs that engage and support students, collaborate with the student’s teachers, write recommendation letters, and help students and families prepare for high school. In this way, the counselor builds a relationship throughout middle school to help bridge the transition to high school that may be difficult for some students.
National Junior Honor Society
The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) was founded to acknowledge outstanding middle school students. NJHS honors students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, character and citizenship. The Laurel Springs chapter of the NJHS is open to all eligible students, beginning in 7th grade, who meet scholastic and character requirements. NJHS not only recognizes students for their accomplishments but challenges them to continue their achievements through active involvement in school activities and community service.
The Laurel Springs Link Crew Connections is a mentoring program that connects 8th grade and high school students to provide a network of support. Eighth grade students who choose to participate in Link Crew are assigned a high school student mentor based on their specific goals and needs. Mentors provide support, guidance, assistance and friendship to help 8th grade students as they prepare for their transition to high school. In addition, members have the opportunity to create a collaborative newsletter that focuses on their 8th grade experience, where they can share their skills in art and writing. Students who participate in Link Crew feel a sense of involvement and community.
Our middle school program offers students the option to accelerate and prepare for the rigor of high school. This program strives to provide personal, social and academic support to all middle school families through the enhancement of student, parent and school personnel connections, and increased opportunities for student socialization and parental support networking. Students can take a high school level course and earn credit that applies toward their high school graduation. At the onset of their high school experience, they receive academic and college guidance from a counselor to ensure they are on track to achieve their post-secondary goals. The middle school program allows high school-level course credit based upon academic need, and club admission. In their last year of middle school, students also receive a high school academic plan.