For a detailed description of the middle school's core courses and their curriculum maps, please follow this link.For encore course descriptions and curriculum maps, please follow this link.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:
Grade 6Math 6 or Pre-Algebra
Language ArtsReadingPhysical Education
Family and Consumer Science*
Art*(*Marking period course)
Grade 7Pre-Algebra 7 or Algebra 7
Life Science or Honors Life Science
Geography and Early Civilizations
English or Honors English
Reading or Foreign Language Survey
21st Century Skills
Technology Education 1*
Family and Consumer Science 1*
(*Semester course. Students are assigned 2 courses based on request and scheduling availability)Grade 8Pre-Algebra 8 or Algebra 8 or GeometryPhysical Science or Honors Physical ScienceAmerican HistoryEnglish or Honors EnglishReading or Foreign Lanuage Survey or Level 1 Foreign LanguagPhysical EducationHealthMusic 1 or 2*
Art 1 or 2*
Technology Education 1 or 2*
Family and Consumer Science 1 or 2*
(*Semester course. Students are assigned 2 courses based on request and scheduling availability. Level 1 is prerequisite to Level 2 courses.)The following is a synopsis of curriculum offerings by discipline:
Language Arts and English
Sixth-grade language arts integrates the fundamentals of reading, composition, literature, grammar, and speech.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.
An exploratory approach to foreign language is utilized to familiarize students with languages prior to their electing a language for further study. All foreign language 1 courses are high school level courses but do not count for HS credit.
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 7 or Algebra. In eighth grade, students take either Pre-Algebra 8, Algebra, or Geometry. Courses are designed such that Pre-Algebra 7 and Pre-Algebra 8 cover different topics and therefore both are required to prepare students for Algebra.
Sixth-grade physical education is designed to aid in students becoming healthy and physically fit, through a variety of activities. Activities will include team sports as well as farious fitness activities in order for students to develop leadership, cooperation and teamwork skills.Seventh- and eighth-grade physical education continues to build upon the skills that are developed in sixth grade physical education, with more of an emphasis placed on lifetime activities. Through team sports, individual sports, as well as fitness activities, students will be introduced to activities they can carry with them throughout their lives. Students will also learn dance styles from around the world and the different cultures those dances represent.
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/or 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. Starting in the 2021-2022 school year, there will be separate periods for reading and language arts.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 the following units: Introduction to science, Geology, Meteorology, Natural Resources, Structure of the Universe, and Water.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 economics through JA BIZTOWN, geography and the study of the Americas.Seventh-grade social studies covers geography and the study of Early Civilizations. 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.