Middle school students at Hope School can expect to serve as the leaders and encouragers of our school. They begin their middle school experience in sixth grade with a class field trip to Outdoor Education at Miracle Ranch. Unlike the teachers in our elementary grades, our middle school teachers teach in their areas of specialty, so our middle school students move from class to class and become more independent in their learning. At the same time, our small class sizes ensure that no student is left behind. With small guided reading groups in literacy and the opportunity to take advanced math, each student is encouraged to reach their potential. Middle school students work with specialists in technology, music, art, and physical education.
Seventh- and eighth-graders also have the opportunity to visit the East Coast with their classmates and some chaperones, as they visit historical sites in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and Baltimore.
In addition to our core academic classes, middle school students at Hope School have the opportunity to round out their learning by choosing electives. Currently students can choose two different electives each trimester. Choices vary from trimester to trimester and often include foreign language, choir, technology, art, advanced PE, chapel band, study hall, handbell choir, yearbook, newspaper, and/or a science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) elective (e.g., Lego Robotics or Strategic Board Games, or 3-D Modeling).
The sixth-graders at Hope Lutheran School have the opportunity to attend Outdoor Education each September. Alongside other sixth-graders from several Lutheran schools, students and chaperones travel to Miracle Ranch for three days and two nights of experiential learning and friendship building. Activities include: horseback riding, archery, swimming, wildlife encounters, and Bible studies/worship each evening. Students come away with a new appreciation for each other, themselves, and all the wonderful things God has blessed us with.
East Coast Trip
Seventh- and eighth-graders have the option to participate in the Washington, D.C. trip every other year. Dates, costs, and a sample itinerary are given to students at the beginning of their sixth or seventh grade year. Detailed information and plans for fundraising to defray some of the expenses are planned in the spring and fall. Sites such as the Washington Monument, the White House, Arlington Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, and the Vietnam Memorial are just a few of the amazing places students experience during their trip. Learn more about Washington D.C.
Lutheran Elementary School Tournament (LEST)
The Lutheran Elementary School Tournament (LEST) is hosted every February by Concordia University in Portland. Students in grades 5 through 8 have the unique opportunity to compete with more than 1,000 students from 20 schools in events such as basketball, swimming, math, Knowledge Bowl, drama, spelling, art, chess, dance/drill, and science exposition. The tournament activities occur over a three-day period, during which families lodge together, share meals, and cheer for their school. Learn more about LEST.