The Lower Dauphin Middle School program is an exploratory one where students, as young adolescents, are introduced to many unique programs and opportunities. LDMS offers a comprehensive education that includes a balance of academic and co-curricular offerings.
Comprised of both “core” and “encore” courses, the middle school curriculum is intended to provide the foundation students will need for more specific study in senior high school.
Core courses for all students include English, mathematics, science, and social studies. Core courses also include foreign language level one classes for eighth graders and reading classes for seventh graders.
Encore courses for all students include art, family and consumer science, music, and technology education.
All students are required to take physical education every year. Sixth and eighth grade students also take health. Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students may elect Band, Chorus, and/or Orchestra.
Specific courses by grade follow:
Math 6 or Pre-Algebra
Family and Consumer Science
Pre-Algebra 7 or Algebra 7
Life Science/Honors Life Science
Reading or Foreign Language Survey
*Family and Consumer Science
(*Two of the four subjects will be taught
in the Grade 7)
Pre-Algebra, Algebra, or Geometry
Physical Science/ Honors Physical Science
Foreign Language Survey
Level I Foreign Language or Reading
*Family and Consumer Science
(*Remaining two of the four subjects will be taught in Grade 8)
The following is a synopsis of curriculum offerings by discipline:
English and Language Arts
The seventh- and eighth-grade English curriculum is designed to provide a basic program for all students on their level. Students are taught the fundamentals of grammar, composition, speech, and literature. Sixth-grade language arts integrates the fundamentals of reading, composition, literature, grammar, and speech.
An exploratory approach to foreign language is utilized to familiarize students with languages prior to their electing a language for further study.
With a focus on daily living, the sixth grade course of study includes the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program. Taught by an officer of the Hummelstown Borough Police Department, DARE helps students to recognize and resist the pressures to experiment with drugs, gangs, or violent activity. The eighth grade curriculum emphasizes wellness and the development of a healthy life style. A co-educational approach is taken with both sixth and eighth grade health courses.
In sixth grade, students take either Sixth Grade Mathematics or Pre-Algebra. Math placements are determined by administration after a thorough review of data related to the students performance in math. In seventh grade, students take either Pre-Algebra or Algebra. In eighth grade, students take either Pre-Algebra, Algebra, or Geometry.
Sixth-grade physical education is designed to develop a healthy, physically fit student population. Seventh- and eighth-grade physical education opens in the fall with physical fitness tests, followed by instruction in seasonal sports as well as rhythmics, tumbling, aerobics, and dancing.
Practical and Fine Arts
Students are provided with nine weeks of instruction in Art, Family and Consumer Science (FACS), Industrial Technology, and Music during their sixth-grade year. Students will have one semester of each class during their seventh- and eighth-grade years. Emphasis in all fine and practical arts courses is on hands-on activities and creativity.
Reading in sixth grade is an integral part of the Language Arts Program.
Reading in seventh grade concentrates on developing basic reading skills using a content area approach. Additionally, students are encouraged to read for pleasure.
The sixth-grade science curriculum is comprised of four units: energy, chemistry, geology, and oceanography. In seventh grade, Life Science is taught. Emphasis in life science is on helping students to understand their relationship to the environment. Physical Science, a study of chemistry and physics, is the course offered in eighth grade.
Emphasis in all science courses is on hands-on activities including labs to reinforce scientific concepts.
Sixth-grade social studies cover aspects of geography and the study of the Americas. Seventh-grade social studies is the study of World Cultures. The curriculum travels through history and culminates during the Renaissance time period. Eighth-grade social studies continue after the Renaissance with expansion into the New World. Emphasis is on American history up through the Civil War.
In mathematics, students are accelerated based on criteria.
Seventh- and eighth-grade students in English may be invited to pursue an honors level course based upon set criteria.
Seventh- and eighth-grade students in science may be invited to pursue an honors level course based upon set criteria.